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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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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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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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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Observing the journals of Leonardo da Vinci

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 improve my habit of keeping journals. Now, wanting to understand

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Analyzing the Journals of Successful People

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 most shared habit among the successful people I have studied

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Re-Visiting the Pages of my Journal – 2016

“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 goes “the devil is always in the details”. I hope

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