Today I’m going to introduce you to my favourite improvement tool.
It’s so good that I keep forking out the cash for it, year after year, even though I could easily spend $2 and recreate it with very little hassle.
The manufacturer has two key products.
While the one I love to death isn’t the other one, That Other One is also bloody brilliant. It’s so brilliant, in fact, that I’ve written blogs for them for free just because I love it so much.
The most-loved, bestest one, though? Just like my coaching, I rarely discuss it.
Before I tell you what it is, I will give you some context.
I’ve been described by more than one person as a ‘one -woman journalling evangelist’. With good reason. I’ve been writing “diaries” or journals since before I was ten years old.
I distinctly remember turning ten, because I recall waxing lyrical in a tiny, locked, heart-bedecked journal about the ‘death of childhood’, and how ‘life will never be the same’.
Gracious, what a dramatic child!
In any case, the daily writing practise that characterised my development was my entire writing training. I like to think that the techniques I learned in later years simply refined it. My journalling practise was a daily ritual for as long as I can remember until I left home. Then I left home and left it behind… until I realised how many successful people journal daily.
Journalling has seen me through major life changes: Going into and out of jobs; coping with stress; helping me learn about myself, new subjects, and the world; coming to conclusions about relationships; dealing with abuse and grief; coming to terms with new paths in the road; handling the insanity of start-up (and shut-down) life; and much more.
So, I’m a ‘one-woman journalling evangelist’ for a good reason.
This brings me to The One Tool that I love to death.
Besides a certain type of notebook, the One Tool is the 5-Minute Journal from Intelligent Change.
And here’s why it’s so incredibly useful:
It focuses you on the good stuff.
While you could see the 5-Minute Journal as a ‘gratitude journal’ (yawn), the magic is in how you use it.
Take for example, your content practise.
Throughout the 5-Minute Journal’s simple daily questions, all you’d need to do is focus your mind on that practise instead of your life as a whole.
What three things are you grateful for? yields answers like, that I sent an email every day for the last three days; that I spent 5 minutes writing my book; that my YouTube channel gained a new follower.
What one thing would make today amazing? allows you to set your one most important task.
Critically, the journal is a two-parter. So you begin your day with it, and you end your day with it.
This gives you a cycle of reflection that keeps you looking at what’s gone well, and for identifying the areas in which you have opportunities for improvement.
I rate it so highly that if you choose to become one of my content athletes, I’ll gift you a copy to support your development through my coaching.
Get off that fence.
Decide to get outside eyes on your practise and your development.
Reply today to discover how it works.
~ Leticia “journalling evanglist” Mooney
PS. The article I wrote for Intelligent Change was on how I adapted their Productivity Planner for effectiveness rather than productivity. You can read it here.