Keeping a Journal to Stay Motivated

March 14, 2018

In this day and age, any type of handwriting (or any type of writing in general for that matter) is often thought of as being antiquated. While it may be an uncommon practice, keeping a journal is actually an amazing way to maintain motivation and become more productive.



How it Works


Journaling is, in its simplest form, the act of writing about what you did in the course of a day. Taking the time to write a few short sentences each day by summarizing what you did can have a great positive impact on productivity and motivation.


When you write down what you are able to accomplish in a given day, you are able to see your accomplishments on paper. When that happens, you can look at your accomplishments and see how they play into your goals. Do your daily activities contribute to your effort of achieving your goals? If not, it may be a sign that you need to rework your daily schedule to provide more time for what you need to get done.


Putting your daily activities on paper at the end of the day puts into context how productive you are able to be. When you see what you are able to accomplish on paper at the end of each day, it drives you to accomplish even more the next day. Just writing down your accomplishments can be a rewarding experience in and of itself, and motivates you to work harder.


How to do it


Journaling is about as simple as it gets. At the end of each day, simply write down what you were able to accomplish in a notebook. It can be in jot-note form to make things as straightforward and time-efficient as possible. When you have written out your days activities, take some time to review your notes and plan out the next day. Ask yourself questions like, “Have I made the most out of the time in my day?” Answer yourself honestly to keep yourself on track. Like anything, journaling requires discipline and honesty in order to get the best results.


After you have written out what you got accomplished in the day, take some time to write out what you would like to accomplish the next day. Is there another project to get done? Another client to call? Another article or email to write? If there is, write it down. The simple act of writing a to do list will keep you focused and lessen the chances of you forgetting to do important tasks.

Your entry should look something like this:


Day 1


  • Wrote a post for the website

  • Called 3 clients

  • Responded to emails

  • Project meeting

  • Brainstormed new topics for the blog




  • Write post for website

  • Call client

  • Research project requirements


When all is said and done, a journal entry should take no more than 5 minutes. The ritual is a good habit to get into because it enables you to see how your activities each day contribute to your overall ability to reach the goals you set for yourself and for your business. Each month, take a few minutes to look back at the month’s entries and see what changes need to be made to increase productivity for the next month.


Journaling, far from being outdated, is a valuable tool for staying on track to reach goals. Taking a few short minutes each day can improve productivity and keep you motivated to accomplish more and make better use of the hours in your workday.


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