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2912, 2017

4 Tips to Kickstart the Journaling Habit

By | December 29th, 2017|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips|

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 [...]

3009, 2017

Smart decision-making with your journal

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips, Journal Templates|Tags: |

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 [...]

2209, 2017

Guide to keeping an audio journal

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips, Journal Templates|Tags: , |

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 [...]

1509, 2017

Guide to Keeping a Work Journal (with downloadable template)

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: How to Journal, Journal Templates|Tags: | 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 [...]

409, 2017

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

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|

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 [...]

3008, 2017

3 Self-Improvement Tips from the Journals of Benjamin Franklin

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|Tags: , |

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 [...]

107, 2017

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

By | July 1st, 2017|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips| 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 [...]

2205, 2017

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

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|

Time and time again, from their writings and journals, I have come to realize that the heroes that I idolize 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 [...]

2503, 2017

Observing the journals of Leonardo da Vinci

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|Tags: |

Despite being most well-known for his paintings, as time passes, his true legacy has become his journals (aka notebooks) – so much so that Bill Gates bought a collection of them for $30 million dollars. Unlike Bill Gates, I don't have millions of dollars to buy da Vinci's original journals but I did still spend the currency of my time reading his biography and observing his journals so I can [...]

1403, 2017

What Size of a Journal Should I Keep?

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Journal FAQs|Tags: |

For those of you who keep or want to keep some sort of a physical Journal, a common question I get asked is what size (pocket, half-page, or full-page) of a physical Journal is best to use? Having heard that question from a handful of you, I've decided to put my answer into a brief blog post below – starting with my experience with different sizes of journals. (I hope [...]

2802, 2017

Should I have a structured or a free flow journal?

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Journal FAQs|Tags: |

If you have recently started to keep a daily journal, you most certainly have pulled your hair out in trying to decide between following a rigid structure or template vs free flow journaling. With a rigid structure, you would attempt to write articulated thoughts in a similar manner whereas with the free flow journaling you would write anything that comes to your mind - something like the image below. Unfortunately, there is no [...]

401, 2017

Analyzing the Journals of Successful People

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|Tags: |

As many of you know, I quite enjoy keeping a journal. As years pass by and my journals pileup, I am keen to improve this habit of journal keeping. To do that, I have decided to study the journals of successful people to extract tips and wisdom you and I can use for our journal keeping. I am quite excited about this project as journal keeping is one of the [...]

2212, 2016

Re-Visiting the Pages of my Journal – 2016

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips|

"Journal writing is a voyage to the interior." ― Christina Baldwin While I was filling up the last few pages of my 2016 journal, I couldn't help but take some time to revisit the 365+ pages I've scribbled on (or skipped). For the previous years, I have only skimmed through the journal at the end of the year but this year I wanted to take a closer look – as the saying [...]

511, 2016

4 Tips to Reduce the Empty Pages in your Journal

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips|

Every so often I hear from my super special readers who say something along the lines of; "Jawwad, it's been a month [weeks or days] and I still haven't written in my daily journal! Do you have any tips for me?" – Elizabeth K. My reply to all of them (which may not be very assuring) is that it's OK to have blank pages in your journal. When I started [...]

810, 2016

Wisdom from the Journals of Bruce Lee

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Journal Examples, Journal Keeping Tips|

"Above all, I am hoping to actualize myself to be an artist of life." – Bruce Lee You and I most likely know Bruce Lee (1940 to 1973) for his action filled martial arts' films, however, he was also an unappreciated philosopher of his time who constantly articulated his thoughts in his many journals – to constantly grow through life. In fact, many of his quotes that we know today, [...]

1805, 2016

Time-Tested Daily Journal Template to Download

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Journal Keeping Tips, Journal Templates|

In this post I want to share the daily journal template that you have been kindly requesting. This is a daily Journal template that I have time tested myself over the 5+ years of me keeping a daily journal. If you want to learn more about my obsession with daily Journal please read the post – five years of daily journals. First, let's begin with the purpose of the daily [...]