I love to journal, but to be honest, I didn’t realize the value of journaling for my business right away.
See…about a year ago, I decided to start journaling for my business. My question was if I was able to see so much value in journaling for my personal thoughts, what impact would it have on my business? I’m someone who has a million ideas always swimming in my head. I would jot them down in a notebook. Sometimes I would jot them down in my phone. Other times in a Google Doc. The truth was, I had notes EVERYWHERE!!
I had to get organized!
I had to find these lost notes and put them all in one place where I could actually use them to create something even better or remember an idea that I had planned on working on at a later date. So I decided to journal!
I had one requirement though….this journal needed to be for business only! I couldn’t try to incorporate it into my personal or vice versa. SO I went and bought:
- A blank journal (although they do have some with journal prompts if you are looking for more guidance)
- A cool pen (because I love office supplies and it was a good reason to buy something fun!)
I mentioned that you could purchase journals with prompts but I opted for the free-flowing idea style instead. There were a few tips that I did incorporate in each entry:
- Something I was grateful for in business
- A recent Win
- Write without fear of being judged. (or draw or add a quote of inspiration)
Here’s what I gained from journaling for business success:
- Organization: All of my ideas were in one place
- Freedom: I had the ability to write any ideas that came to mind. It was absolutely freeing. When I was stuck on something, I would simply do a brain dump, which is an activity I use to brainstorm.
- Positivity: Everything was positive. Ok, so there were days where frustration was present, but when you write, you tend to ask yourself if it was really as negative as you are feeling at that moment. I also make it a rule that if I vent, I always have to end with a positive. A silver lining or solution. I won’t allow myself to stay in that negative zone.
- Vision: I was able to view my writings, or sketches, or random words from the day as well as previous days and connect the dots so it all made sense. I was also able to write as if things are happening in the present. Some call it manifestation, I call it creating a path for our brain to make it happen. Writing in the present as if it has happened, visualize what that looks like and feels like holds power.
- Gratitude: Yes, this is a big one and so important always. No matter what you do, you must always find gratitude.
If you still aren’t sure what you should journal about, here are a few prompts for you:
- What is a challenge you are currently facing in your business?
- What are some ways to overcome that challenge?
- What was something you learned last week?
- Where do you see your business in a year? 5 years?
- What is one thing you can do to improve your business?
- What can you do today to make that happen?
- Who is a person that you admire and would love to meet with this week?
- What part of my business excites me the most?
- What made the best job I had so great?
The science behind journaling includes reducing stress, health benefits, confidence and so much more. Do not write with “should” in mind, write freely from within yourself. Be honest and free. Simply write and anticipate an amazing breakthrough!