Journaling…what does it mean to you? As I have been using my planners and keeping track of things, one of the things that I love most about both planners I am using is that they have review of the week, and daily “what are you excited about” and “what will you improve on” and “wins for today”. In addition, I bought the Danielle LePorte Planner and I have washi taped the “schedule” section and use it for daily reflection. The whole set up is designed in such a way that it is perfect for daily journaling.
It asks for your soul prompt (how are you feeling), it asks for 3 things to do (always with a prompt for what is best for you) and it asks for goals. In addition, it has what are you going to work on stopping. I fill each of these out at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day do a reflection. For me this has been invaluable. Even if I journal as a reflection the next day, it has given me the perspective that I need.
In looking back at what I was feeling at the beginning and where I am when I reflect, I can see how I let things affect me through the day and where I am at. This type of journaling has given me some structure as well as the ability to gauge myself and my emotions. The difference, for me, is incredible. I have always been a writer. I love to journal, I write notes to express myself if I am having trouble doing so verbally. I will often write my husband long letters, take pictures of what I wrote and send them to him. For me I have found the written word to be an easier form of communication. However, journaling has been difficult. I never know where to start. The Danielle LePorte allows me the structure and still the freedom.
I know that she offers a journal with prompts, but for me the day planner with the daily prompts has worked fabulous. I love my Panda Planners for the planner function as well as the daily and weekly review. I review my actual productivity with those. I am able to keep track of both what I need to do in my personal life with what I need to do for Sacred Mists and even with my school needs. At school, in the classroom, I use both a Happy Planner and an Erin Condren LifePlanner, along with the Personal Planner. However, with the changes I made to the Danielle LePorte, I have created, for me, a perfect journal.
Do you journal? What is your favorite way to write things down? If you don’t journal I challenge you to try it. We often tell those who are struggling with their emotions or with where they are in life to begin writing. It is cathartic and can help take those jumbled thoughts and make some sense of them. Let me know how it goes for you…