I'm sure I've mentioned before about the benefits of journaling, there is nothing better than spending a little bit of time putting your thoughts down in writing. It clears your head, gives you a new perspective on things, and even sometimes helps to resolve issues that somehow seemed unsolvable.
I've been journaling for sometime and have always found it really useful. I recently discovered a new way of journaling and I have to say I really like it. It's positive, it's really easy to do everyday - because it doesn't take up too much of your time), and it includes being grateful.
So here's the basic format:
I AM GRATEFUL
* Think of someone who has helped you or that you are grateful for knowing - it's good to try to think back in time a little bit.
* The opportunity I have today is...
* I am grateful for ..... something that happened yesterday
* I am grateful for...something simple and close at hand.
WHAT WOULD MAKE TODAY GREAT
* Think of something that would make today great.
* I am xx
* I am xx
* I am xx
THREE AMAZING THINGS
* List three amazing things that happened in your day or anything you were grateful for.
HOW COULD I HAVE MADE MY DAY BETTER
* Any thoughts on how you could have made your day better.
And that's it. Simple isn't it.
You can buy a journal and write in your journal everyday. Personally, I use evernote - just because I like to keep things digital - but whatever takes your fancy.
Kudos to Tim Ferris here for the inspiration and detailed format.
Here's a great little podcast from the self-publishing formula team. And if you want to hear about what I learnt from their course and how my self-publishing career is going then got to minute 32 and have a listen.
Joseph Campbell is one of my heroes. His writing is vast and covers a wide range of human experiences. If you get a chance, I highly recommend taking the time to read one of his many books. He is the creator of the term ‘finding your bliss’, and he established the famous ‘hero’s journey’.