“A dull pencil is better than a sharp memory”

It is easy to forget things. That’s why I use a written list for things as simple as going to the grocery or as important as my prayer time.

Writing things out has many values. That is why many people journal every day. It is something I now have incorporated into my morning habits. According to Miracle Morning, it is the last of 6 habits (See My Miracle Morning). 

I have already written about why and how I journal (Why and How I Journal). But I want to encourage you to give it a try. Make it part of your morning.

Only 5 Minutes

If you are like me, you think you don’t have time to journal. So let me share with you something I have started. I journal for 5 minutes or less every morning and evening.

I bought a journal called 5 Minute Journal last year and started using it in the Fall. It is out of print, so when I filled it up I just bought a generic journal and made my own. It really takes me just 5 minutes every morning.

There are 3 things I journal in the morning and 2 things I journal at night. I’ve added a 3rd for the evening. Here’s a list of questions/statements I consider:

Sample of my 5 minute journalMorning:

  • 3 things I am grateful for…
  • 3 things that would make today great…
  • Daily Affirmation. I am….

Evening:

  • 3 amazing things that happened today…
  • One way I could have made today better…
  • 3 great questions to think about tonight…

(I have included a picture of one of my journal entries.)

A Few Extra Journaling Tips

In addition to my 5 minutes, I also write in my Evernote Journal a short entry every morning. It includes a anticipation of what’s happening that day and a summary of how things went the previous day. It helps me remember what’s happened. 

I can’t emphasize enough the benefits to journaling to gain focus on your life. Like any habit, journaling takes time to maintain. That is why starting small is good.

Keep a journal by your bedside and pick it up when you wake up. Write as soon as you can. I know one guy who writes as he is in bed. 

Then before you go to sleep, write down how the day went. It only takes 5 minutes. But those 5 minutes will create a pattern of thinking and acting that will revolutionize your life. With minimal effort you will find maximum reward. You will think harder and work smarter.

Let me know how your journaling goes. If you journal, tell me how it has influenced you.

You can also read about my other morning rituals at: My Miracle Morning.