To continue the topic of helpful journals – this post will be about one that was also created by Intelligent Change and focuses on keeping your mindset on a positive track. The Five Minute Journal (as the name suggests) takes only 5 minutes away from your day to complete. The idea is – after waking up the first thing you do is open the journal and fill in the “morning section” with 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make the day great and a self-motivating statement. Accompanied by an inspiring quote at the top of the page – it’s an excellent way to start your day on a positive note.
Similarly, in the evening you fill in the last section with 3 amazing things that happened that day and how you could’ve made the day better. As the creators of the journal explain – by simply forcing your brain to start and end the day with positive thoughts you will transform your outlook into a more positive one.
I have been using this journal for about 6-7 months and I have definitely noticed a change in my attitude, not a big one but still. I try not to be an overly negative person anyway, but with this journal I have managed to continuously start my day “on the right foot”. Most profoundly I felt the effects in the morning, because by filling out my hopes for the day I was motivating myself for it and once the journal was closed – I was eager to work towards my goals.
As I previously mentioned in my “How To Stay Organized” post – I love journals and have way more then necessary – so if you are like me – there is no harm in trying this out. “The Five Minute Journal” does not take up much space and is quite discreet, the theory behind the journal is thoroughly explained in the first pages – making you believe in its effectiveness even more 🙂
Let me know if you’ve tried this out or know of similar concepts.