Day to Day

How journaling has helped my productivity

For the past week or so I have been keeping a journal of my thoughts throughout the day. Although not a new idea by any means, I would love to share my experience.

Like most people, I have a lot going on in my life. Three months ago I started my own consulting company. Two months ago I became a first time father, which is easily the most terrifying and rewarding moment of my life. Amongst all this change, I found that I couldn’t find any time to reflect on my own thoughts and feelings. Previously, there always seemed to be the time to find a quiet place to sit down and think about what I had been doing and how I was feeling. This is certainly not the case anymore but I wouldn’t want to change it for anything. Instead, it was time to adapt and find new ways to achieve the same outcome.

Having never journaled before I wanted to find a process that was simple, easy to follow and provided value to reflect on in future days or weeks.

My journal for today.

It is extremely simple, but allows me to see my progress throughout the day including what has held me back or pushed me on to achieve a lot. The Sleep and Overall scores are also great for reflection and can even be tallied and the end of the week to give an average score. Providing a time for each section of thoughts also assists you in tracking your progress throughout the day.

So far the journal has achieved a few things. My focus throughout the day is generally better, due to the small amounts of time I spend writing notes to look on later. If there is a frustrating moment, I try to note it down immediately so I can move on from it. The biggest thing for me is that I am getting a true sense of what motivates me and what makes me happy, something I have never really been able to achieve.

Any note taking tool will work, but I recommend [Evernote](https://www.evernote.com), [DayOne](http://dayoneapp.com/) or a similar tool. A few bonus features can be tagging people or places to see what has the biggest impact on your life.