Not an app or a device. The best tool is my journal. For me, every morning at sunrise.
I always thought it would be smart to write a journal. Can you imagine how it would feel now to have maintained a journal all these years?
I started many times. Key word – Started. Through the years, I’ve written only in short bursts.
That story changed as we began planning to make the move to Kauai a few years ago. One of my colleagues suggested I start journaling about my relocation. I took her up on that idea and now years later I have more than 1,000 journal entries. Many lead me towards a blog post while some have already been published. But more importantly, my journal is the place I center myself each day.
My journal has become
- A diary
- A place to vent
- A place to sort out my thoughts and problems
- A place to plan
My daily routine of going to the beach 30 minutes before dawn to write has become invaluable to me. It fuels my quest to reinvent myself in a new location and new lifestyle, aka a semi-retired lifestyle.
Or as I like to say now – Unretiring.
Begin Your Journal Today
The best recommendation I can give you is to begin or if you have a journal, commit to writing every day.
Feel free to follow my quick start process:
- The only rule is to write every day.
- You choose the time, location and physical properties. I write at sunrise on the beach on my iPhone. Many say it’s best with paper and pen, but there is too much moisture here to retain these items over time – or even a day!
- Start each writing session with free-writing. Write whatever comes to mind for as long as you want. There are no time or word count guidelines. You want to find your rhythm.
- Finish each day with a “Daily New Reality Check.” Write your path you are taking towards your goals as if they are happening now.
For instance, if a goal is to gain five new clients a month, write about what you are (or would be) doing to find those clients, talk to them about how you can help, bring them on with a sale.
Hopefully, you get the idea.
I thought I would get bored writing the Daily Reality Check day after day. I quickly found my story changed each day. Not my goals but my outlook on them. It made it fun, especially when I go back and read last month’s journal entries in one sitting. Very self-motivating.
My #1 goal is to build my list with 1,000 followers. Some days I journal about list growth. Others are about finding the flow in my work. (Read my Medium Post on this) My Reality Check includes actively writing and publishing content, which in turn will build my list. What comes to mind each day is based on whatever is in the forefront of my mind at that moment. It is not a chore and it certainly doesn’t take very long.
I believe my journal will center my daily focus. Let me know if you are going to give it a try!
With this focus, we will have our followers. And with our followers comes success.
Thanks for reading.