Journaling Leads to a Better Life

By on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

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I can hear it now, “I don’t have time for that”. What I can say is that it will give you more time. By writing out your thoughts and reflections from the day, you will actually create more space in your brain. Your mind is overloaded with thoughts and this process will “dump” some of them so you can have a clear focus on what you need to do next. The 2nd win of writing out and reflecting on how you lived out your day, is that you will receive daily “ah-ha’s” as to whether or not you lived the day and did the things you should have. If so, you will have awareness and clarity of your actions. Thus you can ensure you continue to live life this way daily.

If you did not have the day you wanted by not living out your life as you desire, you still have the benefit of awareness and can now determine what you need to do tomorrow to ensure you do live out your life as you want. A wise person once said, ” Life is about the journey not the end result”. If you have an amazing journey, I bet that you end up with a pretty amazing result though!

What are you doing every day on your journey to ensure you lead the life you want? The clock is ticking. Reflect and write your reflections daily. Start today. You will change the course of your life for the better with a very simple task.

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  1. Flo

    November 20, 2013

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    Thanks for the comment about journaling. I do not always live my day the way I want to. Do not use my time most effectively. I will try this and see how it affects the use of my time. Life is too short not to use this precious commodity in the manner it deserves.

  2. Jay

    November 24, 2013

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    Just wondering how much time do you designate for daily journaling once the day is over?

    • Carin Nguyen

      November 25, 2013

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      I make a minimum commitment of 5 mins so that even on the longest and most tiring days, I can do it. I do tend to spend 15-20 mins most of the time though since it takes me a few minutes to get my mind focused and geared toward reflection. Also, once I get going it is easy to keep going.

      • Jay

        November 25, 2013

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        I’m so excited to try this out, I’ve been avoiding this habit for the longest. I usually only do weekly journaling on Sunday which I find really beneficial. I’ve heard this habit repeated by Jim Rohn and through his mentees Tony Robbins and Darren Hardy. Looking forward to training myself to apply it as a habit at least on the weekdays at first!

  3. Jay

    February 2, 2014

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    Hey Carin, I just really wanted to thank you. I’ve journaled everyday during January and its amazing the insights I’m now aware of. Journaling will definitely be a long term habit that I know will pay significant dividends as the “compound effect” manifests. I really wanted to thank you for that amazing advice to start journaling.I’m going to start reading 20 minutes on the weekdays after my 10 minutes of minimum journal time. Thanks again, you are awesome!

    • Carin Nguyen

      February 5, 2014

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      Hi Jay, there are dozens of developmental habits I plan on discussing in the coming year. Please check out today’s post for your next “assignment” and please be sure to post your feedback!

  4. Jay

    February 2, 2014

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    ps. Do you have any other personal development habits that I can implement as well. I’m always looking to improve and I know that if you’re implementing the habit that’s all the reason I need to make it habitual as well.

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