I have been listening to Michael Hyatt’s (www.michaelhyatt.com) podcast a lot lately and he stated that he has started to journal. I thought that would be a great way for me to keep track of my thoughts while I am here in Augusta. I started journaling on March 29th and I now have 13 entries. The benefits I have found from journaling are below:
- Track my thoughts
Hopefully next year when I am back home I can look back through my journal entries and just think of all that I went through during this. I am interested most in what I will think about my emotions about being away from my family, at this point they are all negative and it is a daily struggle to be happy while I am here.
- Track lessons learned
Journaling will also help me learn from this experience and help me with anger management which I have greatly improved on since being here. There are valuable lessons that come from each day and you forget them if they are not captured.
- Allows me to process the day
Writing about my day also allows me to process what I did during the day and kind of slow things down for a minute in my hectic life, granted at this point its either work, sleep, or driving. Getting in the practice of journaling daily will pay huge dividends in the future when I have a more normal schedule. I will be able to see what works and what doesn’t on a daily bases and use this information to adjust my daily schedule to be more productive.
I am using the Day One app on my Mac/iPad/iPhone to journal. It cost $9.99 on the Mac and $4.99 for the iPad/iPhone. To me its well worth the money. The app’s website is http://dayoneapp.com and the apps can be found in the iTunes app store. The app offers a minimalist design to not distract you too much while typing. Day One offers many features such as geolocation on maps and cloud syncing through either Dropbox or iCloud.
To read Michael Hyatt’s blog about journaling click the link. http://michaelhyatt.com/daily-journal.html
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