It’s Really Important to Make Time to Reflect on Your Life. That’s Why I Use a Journal.
Having been away last week – that’s why there was no newsletter, apologies! – and given that there was some long travel involved, I enjoyed a bit of time to journal and to reflect a bit upon my life.
Journaling has been a practice of mine for years. I have always found it very beneficial to collect my ideas, to record my experiences, observations and thoughts, and to work through any questions that might be going through my mind.
Life can, from time to time, draw you away from your true intention. You can get wrapped up in current circumstances and lose sight of the bigger picture: your aspirations, dreams, ambitions.
So, maybe you find you have a million and one ideas whizzing round in your head. Maybe you frequently feel pulled off course. Or maybe you want to incorporate a little more time in your routine to reflect on your life, journaling could be a good way to start.
This Week’s Focus: Intention
Here are a few tips on how journaling and finding time to reflect on your life can help you stay focused.
Get Your Thoughts Out of Your Head.
The writers, Roy Baumeister and John Tierney have written that the average person deals with around 150 separate tasks in any one day. That, when you think about it, is an awful lot.
Jotting down a few of the thoughts that have been churning around in your head – and working through how to solve them – wouldn’t be a bad thing. You will notice how it will free you of some extra bandwidth for some of the other things that you’ve got on/
HOW Solution. Identify a few of the recurring ‘niggles’ in your head – those ones that churn and churn. Then think about ways by which you can reduce them or reasons why they might be bothering you so much. Write down a few solutions.
Gratitude journaling practices have been well documented in recent years as a vital part of a morning routine. I don’t journal everyday but, when I do, I sometimes like to start journaling with a list of things I am grateful for.
HOW Solution. When you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or ‘off course’, take a moment to reflect on your life. Writing down a list of people and things you are grateful for can have a great positive effect.
Put Aside some Reflection Time.
Do you get stuck in the day to day and feel like you are not making progress? If so, make sure you write down your true intention and reflect on it weekly. Write down what you worked on this week that helped you towards your goal. Whilst you reflect on your life in this way, write down those things that didn’t help too.
HOW Solution. Once you reflect on what you have achieved each week, use that information to repeat it the next week. Do the same with those tasks that inhibited your ability to move forward on your goals. Of course, you’ll then need to take action to remove them.
Your Tasks this Week.
- Identify a few of the recurring ‘niggles’ in your head.
- Write a gratitude list of people and things you are grateful for
- Reflect on what you have achieved each week
Give it a try this week!