I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with journaling. The proof of that is in my 3 incomplete Moleskine journals. I think journaling is important because it gives me a place to empty my thoughts and process through life and in turn, be a better leader.
So here are some things I thought would help me:
– Get a sleek looking journal (Moleskine, Ecosystem, etc.)
– Journal at night to empty my thoughts from the day
– Use my favorite pen
All of the above things failed miserably after about a week. Here is my main issue, I am always thinking and processing something but I’m often to lazy or don’t have to write it down legibly. You should see some of my journal posts, I can’t even read them. But I can’t shake that journaling is an important practice. So here’s what I’ve been doing and it has worked well:
– I use iJournaler on my iPad: I prefer typing over handwriting anything. This app allows me to upload my post to Dropbox and even email them to myself.
– I journal in the morning instead of the evening. Typically, by the time evening rolls around, I’m ready for bed. When I journal in the morning, I can rehash events that happen today before and focus my heart for a new day.
– I don’t pressure myself into journaling every day. Some days I need to journal to process, other days I need to open up EverNote and write a few ideas that came to mind.
Do you journal? What methods/apps/notebooks have you found useful?