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4 Journal Keeping Tips for the Pandemic

Journal Keeping tips for the Pandemic COVID-19

The pandemic has drastically changed our lives in the past few months. Many of us are now staying home, working from home, taking care of the kids, or supporting the elderly and parents. Below, I wanted to share a few tips and reminders to help us through these times. 1. Make time for journaling — even if you have no time Would you say you are too hungry to eat, when hungry? Or too tired to sleep, when tired? Likewise,

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What the Journals of Thomas Edison Teach Us About Productivity, Creativity, and Success

Edison was, without a doubt, one of the most productive inventors of all time. He was awarded 2,332 patents—the third most of any American—including many that continue to affect our lives today: the electric generator, electric pen, fuel cell, storage battery, and motion pictures. Edison’s success didn’t spring from a single moment of inspiration—rather, it was the result of a deliberate approach to changing the world. Throughout Edison’s life, journaling was a consistent practice, capturing not only the his inventions

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What Einstein’s journals teach us about Focus, Play, and Creativity

Time and time again, from their writings and journals, I have come to realize that the heroes that I look upto are shockingly human under their “hero disguise”. That is a humbling find as I continue my quest to learn from the journals of these perfectly human heroes. This month I studied the journals of Albert Einstein – a man who needs no introduction but certainly needs to be recognized for his less well known meticulous journaling habit. The rest

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4 Tips to Kickstart the Journaling Habit

Did you plan on starting your journaling habit in 2017 but time just flew by? Well, you are not alone. In the beginning of my journaling journey, I faced similar setbacks. Below, I share 4 tips and tricks to kickstart your journaling habit in 2018 and beyond! 1. Understand your “why” why you want to keep a journal? If you don’t have a strong enough understanding of why, the chances are that you will not adopt this habit. Everyone wants

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Smart decision-making with your journal

Your journal is a very effective companion in helping you to make critical decisions. Using a journal will save you from mental overload, fears, mindless wander and other unpleasant experiences of decision making. In this blog post, I want to share how I have been making decisions using my journal. Furthermore, I will reference journals of other successful people – like Benjamin Franklin – and how they made decisions. Benefit of decision making with your journal Decision-making is an inevitable

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Guide to keeping an audio journal

Keeping an audio journal is a convenient way to capture and articulate your thoughts. I have kept an audio journal as part of my journaling habit. I have found it to be an effective way to supplement my written journal. When to keep an audio journal If you are like me, you like to articulate and free your mind from information overload. Unfortunately, a pen and a paper are not always available for you to write, articulate, or capture what

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Guide to Keeping a Work Journal (with downloadable template)

Keeping a journal at work can be your secret weapon against missed meetings, details, or bad performance reviews. Whether you are an employee or self-employed, you can improve your productivity and performance at work by keeping a journal. I have maintained personal and professional journals for past 5+ years and in this post I want to share the work journal template. In my previous article, I shared a more general daily journal template and this article I will share a

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3 Self-Improvement Tips from the Journals of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter (1835). Source: NPS

In my quest to study the journals of successful people, Benjamin Franklin has not only been near the top of my list but also has been most request by many of you who kindly write to me. Franklin has intrigued me due to his self-made success, start starting from humble beginnings and rising to become a successful printer, writer, musician, inventor, and, of course, Founding Father of United States. Many, including myself, are aware of Franklin’s life accomplishments. But I wondered what processes he

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Interview: Why Everybody Lies and How to Use Your Journal as a Shield

Dr. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz and I got together to discuss what journal keepers (any anyone else) can learn from his book Everybody Lies – What the Internet can Tell us About who we Really Are. We discuss how we can become more aware of their deception – to self and others – so they can live better lives. For journal keepers, please see refer to the self-reflective questions at the bottom of this article that you should ask write out in

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