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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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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What Size of a Journal Should I Keep?

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 to write about other attributes of a journal – pages,

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Should I have a structured or a free flow journal?

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 simple winner between free flow or structured and I would

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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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