Making changes in life is not about one off actions. It is about forming new habits which serve you better and help you get to where you need to go. If you are going to make important changes, you need to be able to measure and keep track of your progress which makes journaling a powerful tool for achieving your goals.
Keeping a journal can help you reach your goals because…
YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO WRITE THEM DOWN
One of the most important aspects for goal setting is actually writing them down and journaling requires just that. It’s a simple process, but it pays great dividends. Journaling your goals creates the opportunity to articulate your goals clearly, create a roadmap to achievement, and remind yourself why the goal matters in the first place
IT ALLOWS YOU TO TRACK PROGRESS
Success is easily forgotten. And when it is, it is easy to get frustrated with our progress. When you begin to doubt your forward momentum, it is helpful to look back and be reminded of where you started.
IT MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT THE PROCESS
When you sit down to blank sheet of paper (or computer screen) and begin to write out your daily accomplishments, you are forced to think it through on a deeper level. It forces you to think about the why and the how behind your progress which ultimately helps you move forward.
YOU HAVE A RECORD OF PAST SUCCESS
No matter what type of goal you’ve set, personal or professional, you are likely to run into challenges worth overcoming. By reviewing your past successes, you’ll find motivation, encouragement and strength to continue on and remind you that you’ve overcome before.
Journaling is one of the things that we easily put off. It should be simple but most get overwhelmed until it becomes routine. So here are some tips for getting started:
FIND THE RIGHT FORM
Journal in a notebook, word document, a blog or an app - find the form that fits your personality and lifestyle.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT LENGTH
Write only for yourself. It doesn’t need to be pretty or thought out, eloquent or in depth. Some days you’ll write a lot and others, bullet points will be just fine.
COMMIT TO WRITING EVERY DAY
Journaling is most successful when completed with consistency. Set an intention to write each and every day. It’s the only way to watch your progress unfold.