The Importance of Keeping a Daily Journal
One of the most valuable routines that you can implement is the keeping of a daily journal. This will allow you to record all of your victories, emotions, failures, thoughts, and growth. Recording your daily routine creates a personal database of your life and progress towards your objectives.
Record keeping is important. Your daily journal archives your life and habits. This is essential for tracking your personal growth. Every month you can read your notes and assess how you’re doing relative to your expectations. Reviewing past entries is vital for extracting insight into habits that produce results and others that should be cut out of your life.
Essentially, you are creating a field manual as your continue along your journey. In the future you might encounter similar problems. Instead of trying to remember how you solved them in the past, you can review your notes and implement key solutions that have worked before. This may not solve the entire problem that you face now, but it will certainly expedite your ability to find a solution. This is just one of the key benefits of keeping a daily journal.
Another is the ability to record all of your ideas! Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you had a great idea in the past, but cannot recall it in the present. As you begin your journey towards success, you might think of great ideas that are too early to implement. Record them! Your future self will thank you. When the time is right, instead of trying to remember what that idea was, you can simply refer to your notes. In the process, you might find other insights that are applicable to your current situation.
There are a few rules to follow when journaling:
- Journal Daily
- Record at least one victory per day (no matter how small)
- Make note of new habits that you are trying (this can relate to any field such as diet, workout, social, and work)
- Review how old habits are performing
- Record personal failures such as not working on Mission Critical Tasks or giving in to temptation (such as procrastinating)
- Be brutally honest!
The 6th rule is the most important. Do not embellish and keep to the facts. You are trying to create an accurate archive that your future self can access and use. Be honest, even if you have to record a difficult failure or something that really upset you.
Remember to write a post each day. You do not need to write an essay. The key point is to record your thoughts and bullet points are just as effective, if not more effective, than long posts that you will have to read in the future.