Business Journaling is a great way to record your thoughts, ideas, struggles, and triumphs in your career. It provides an opportunity to see what does and doesn’t work and provides a way for you to track the themes in your life. Journaling captures your story into a manuscript; in this way, you can identify areas where you need to improve and ways to build upon your great ideas.
David Allen is an organizational guru who wrote a book titled Getting Things Done. He mentions getting your “thoughts out of your head” and putting them onto paper. When you write your thoughts, you free up your “mind space” for other things. As a result of journaling and writing, you are creating a “collection bucket” so you can have a clear understanding of what is going on in your head and what needs to be done.
Freeing up mental clutter allows your thoughts to be neatly organized and in alignment with your goals. When you journal, you are freeing your mind and making room to focus on your interests, passions, and goals. Popular movies like The Notebook or Titanic highlight a day of exactly what was occurring in their lives. They showcase a story of what struggles and triumphs they were going through, and how they got through the harder times. What is left behind is their legacy. If you knew your journal would be a movie someday, how would that change your actions? How could that help you decide on what is important as it relates to your why?
Replay, Repeat, Relive
What if you could replay a meeting that didn’t go as planned? Through business journaling, you can relive the experience as you wish it had occurred. The next time you are confronted with a similar circumstance, you’ll have the desired response planned out. There aren’t that many different scenarios a business owner goes through, and as a result of getting your plan out of your head and down on paper, you can anticipate what your client/prospect may be alluding to and you’ll know exactly how to respond.
Start small and get in the habit of spending time journaling; spend two minutes before you start your day journaling about your ideas, insights, and goals. Focus on one thing you did well yesterday, one thing you would like to improve upon, and one thing you learned yesterday.
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