I write a lot and talk a lot about how important journaling is in my life. I mention my journal quite a bit. I do this for one primary reason; it has been one of the single most impactful practices I have applied to my life. In short, journaling delivers results.
Ever read a biography of the historical greats? They journaled! Doesn’t matter if they lived thousands of years ago, or are crushing it right now, the greats all have something in common: they wrote down what worked and didn’t and used it to level-up their life. Quit writing important things down on scraps of paper you will lose or forget about. Invest in yourself. Invest in your future! Get a notebook that is worthy of the life you want to live.
I have received quite a few questions about what exact journal I prefer using. While I don’t believe there is a wrong tool to use, I do have my personal preference. So here it is: My journal of choice is: extra large, soft cover, Moleskine Carnet ligne’ lined 192 paged journal measuring 7 and 1/2 inches by 9 and 3/4 inches.
Reasons I love it because it’s:
- a head-turner.
- durable leather.
- built with a pocket in back for storage.
- built with a book mark ribbon to mark your place.
- built with plenty of room. (I use about two a year)
- the perfect size for portability.
- just made so perfectly!
- the perfect place to get creative.
- a great way to stay organized and recall information I need.
The only drawback is that it does not have a left side margin, so I take a ruler and a purple Pilot pen and create one for every right-sided pages. For some reason the back doesn’t matter to me if it has a left margin or not.
How I use it:
- If something is important enough to be written down, it goes in my journal. Period.
- I write down phone numbers, names, people I meet, books people mention, podcast episodes, good Netflix shows
- I record all of the ideas I have. All. The good, the crazy, and especially the ones I know I won’t be able to start right away.
- I record plans for trips, travel, presentations, etc.
- I record workouts, things I want to buy, and the books I read.
- I write down my successes, my failures, and what I have not taken action on.
- I reflect about how to do things better.
- I plan my blog posts, podcasts, and upcoming talks and books.
- I plot home improvements, magic moments with my families and things I am proud of.
- I brainstorm where I want to go professionally and personally
- I use it as an accountability partner.
- I list all of the books I read in a year.
- I write down things I want. (And I notice after writing them down, I want them less.)
- and so much more.
This journal costs under $20 and is one of the best investments I make in myself each year. My journal is worth millions to me.
Occasionally, I will go back and review previous entries from this year and journals from long ago. It’s awesome to see how I have improved… or haven’t.
Then bottom line is: if it is important enough to be written down, it goes in my journal. If I plan it, it is more likely to happen, and I won’t forget it.
I fill my journals up. I consume them. The are seriously among my favorite “things” in life.
Inspirational Speaker & Performance Artist
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