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How to Keep a Daily Journal

December 7, 2017
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I really can’t rave enough about the Bullet Journal system. In particular, how it helped me achieve my goals by keeping a daily journal. It gave me a clear system to track goals and offers so much variety and customization that anyone can use the system. 2018 is just a few short weeks away and I have started to think about my yearly goals. So today, I am sharing my top tips with you on how to keep a daily journal for the new year.

Keeping a journal is something that I often talk about, particularly as part of my morning routine. It has become an integral part of my life and achieving my goals. The benefits of keeping a daily journal have been incredible, I’ve gained clarity, focus and can see my goals getting closer each day. I often use it for keeping notes and ideas for blog posts and planning out my monthly content schedule. If you want to know how I plan blog content, leave me a comment below.

What is a Bullet Journal?

The Bullet Journal system created by Ryder Carroll, in short, is an evolving and adaptable way to journal. It is completely self-curated, adaptable and all about you. It can track the past, organise the present and plan for the future. Ryder explains is so well in this video:

Choosing a Journal

When it comes to choosing a journal to use, the options are ENDLESS! Having a journal that you WANT to write in each day, in my eyes, is really important. I just can’t be inspired to write in a beat up notepad that ink runs through the pages.

I have tried different journals over the years, and the best known are Moleskine and the Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal. When I started, I used a spare A5 notebook, think it was an old promotional notebook from a video game I worked on. I didn’t want to invest in a quality notebook if I didn’t like the system. I finally settled on the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Hardcover Notebook with Squared Pages. It is a bit wider than the Moleskin and the pages are nice and think so the ink doesn’t bleed onto the next page. I find the page is the perfect size for my daily journal.

Keeping a Daily Journal

How To Keep A Daily Journal | lisavillaume.com Creating your first daily journal page is going to feel overwhelming and a bit daunting. That is certainly how I felt when I first started keeping a daily journal.

The key to keeping a daily journal is just to start and start small

When I began, I was doing a 10-week fitness challenge by Tone It Up. During the challenge, I kept a daily journal to track

  • water intake
  • meals
  • workouts
  • miles walked/run each day

I found keeping a daily journal for the challenge kept me focused each day. Then I really became committed once I saw the physical changes in my body as I kept at it and did 100% of the workouts and ate super healthy.

As I became more comfortable with the system, I added in work items.

I started to track daily, weekly, quarterly and annual business goals. This is also wonderful for tracking projects as you can see each day what needs to be accomplished in order to hit a completion date in the future.

In terms of the design of the page… the options are endless and I go for a simple layout. Some of the designs for daily pages I’ve taken inspiration from can be found on my Minimalist Bullet Journal Pinterest board.

Make Time to Journal Each Day

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They say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit and this is SO true when it comes to journaling.

Schedule time in your calendar to journal – even if it is just for five minutes. I use the time when I first wake up to look at my daily journal to see what’s coming up for the day, what appointments I have and what needs to get done in order to achieve my goals.

By having that daily focus, regardless of how small or big, it keeps your goals top of mind and a priority each day.

The thing with goals is that they are a dream. Without consistent, daily action, they will remain a goal. I’m totally guilty of dreaming and not taking action. It wasn’t until I consistently focused on my goals each day by using a daily journal that my dreams became reality.

But how do dreams turn into reality? I share the exact process I use below:

So tell me, what do you track in your journal and why?

I’m a sucker for learning from other people especially when it comes to being productive. Let me know in the comments below as you never know who is reading and who you could help.

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