5 Ways To Journal As A Business Leader
I did not always value journaling, and for many years I misunderstood how to journal. I thought journaling was recording what happened throughout my day and recording my feelings and emotions.
This did not excite me. In fact, my days and emotions are pretty dull- so why write about them? Well, I didn’t.
I found these visionary leaders took time to reflect. By writing what they were learning, their goals and achievements, and their thoughts, they had a way to document their ideas and perspectives.
I realized these extraordinary leaders were focused on learning more, doing more, seeing more, and understanding more. So, it was important they slowed down from the fast-pace of life and actively engage in the ideas they encountered.
Now, that excited me, so I began to journal.
Today, I’m going to share some of my personal favorite journaling ideas. I encourage you to begin to use them. You can use one of the ideas or combine the ones you like.
Either way, journaling will lead you to fresh, new insights, generate ideas, calm you, declutter your mind, improve your memory, help you achieve goals, and transform your life.
I use all of the journaling ideas below.
5 Ways You Can Journal
- Write your goals.
This is by far one of the most impactful ways to journal. This is a crucial part of my weekly routine. Every week, I review and write my goals. I believe this practice has transformed my life the most.
It is simple. Just write 5-10 goals you have for your life.
Journaling about your goals helps you clarify what you want and encourages you to consider the why and how, not just the what. Reflecting on goals in writing continually reminds you to take the next action necessary to achieve them. They serve as a tool for identifying what you should prioritize on a daily basis. And lastly, gives you a record of your progress.
- Log your daily events.
To log your daily events, you are literally logging about your day-to-day.
What you did. What you ate. Who you met with. Where you went. What you did for exercise. Simply write down the various things that happened throughout your day.
When you are a busy leader, it is important to be able to look back and review what you have accomplished each day. It also helps you to look back and remember things that occurred. I simply do this in my planner. But you can jot stuff in a notebook- whatever works best for you.
- Journal how you are living your mission.
This is by far my most favorite way to journal. Connecting your daily events back to your personal mission can be a powerful way to deal with stress, improve your relationships and increase your sense of confidence.
Begin by determining what you value most in life. What are your 3-5 most important values. Then discover your personal mission. How do you want to serve the world? What are you passionate about? Then write how your events connect to your values and mission.
Each week review this and reflect on how your daily events were guided by your mission.
- Document your ideas.
When you come across interesting ideas throughout the day, simply, write them down.
I keep my journal with me and jot down brief moments of inspiration and thoughts that come to me. I can then take time to reflect further on the idea to draw deeper insight.
I have documented quotes, words I have read in books or blogs, ideas I hear from podcasts, meeting notes, and thoughts from conversations I had throughout the day. I love to go back and review these at the end of the day.
- Write what you are grateful for.
One of the most popular ways of journaling is simply writing what you are grateful for. Studies have shown this can improve your happiness and improve your health by writing what you are grateful for every week.
It is as simple as writing something you are grateful for each week.
Here are three things I’m grateful for today:
- Wonderful healthcare that keeps my family healthy and happy.
- My ability to work with amazing people who inspire me everyday.
- The warm fireplace keeping me cozy as I write this.
It is as easy as that!
I actively use all of these journaling ideas in my life. Journalling has helped me declutter my life, achieve my goals, foster my creativity, connect to my mission, and feel grateful for my life.
Whichever one of these journaling ideas you decide to use, just promise me this: you’ll actually try one Because they’ll transform your life.
I would love for you to try my FREE Leadership Journal. This can accompany your favorite planner.