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Jul 03, 2019 20:01:33

Start journaling again

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Recently, except "the first time" and "the last time", there is "do it again".


Neither digital nor handwriting journal I have failed this year.

Free or paid, self-design or ready-made, simple or complex, none of them survived as my daily enjoyable routine.

After having done a detailed review of the pattern of several great journals, I designed my own over a month ago, but I kept it empty even if I have sent two as gifts to others. 

My journal includes week planner, morning journaling (gratitude, motivation, goals, quote, resources, and time tracker), night journaling (score, reflection, solution, motivation, and gratitude), and week recap. 

Being grateful for today, motivated for tomorrow, ambitious for current work, and get things planned before are hard for me: I used to numb myself by being aimless.


I have changed after my long vacation.

Now I am driven by an unknown power of positivity filling my journal in peace and joy.

It seems like a sudden change but actually is the result of the accumulated effort exceeds the threshold, in other words, a late bloomer.


Half of 2019 has gone as well as a third of my life, I'm grateful for saving one good habit for the companion. 








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    @5plus6 Thanks for sharing this. I've been struggling at being consistent with a journal usage myself. I'm giving it a fresh go, this week.

    @keni, have you seen this before, could be of help for FHJ 2

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 14, 2019 18:25:58
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      @5plus6 @seunoyebode - Thank you Seun. Yes it always helps to read posts like this to understand why there is a dip.
      Why do we start and not continue? What is the difference between motivation and discipline? It is interesting.

      Seun - please write about what makes you stop?

      Keni avatar Keni | Jul 14, 2019 15:52:25
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      @5plus6 @keni no long words.

      Laziness.

      I'm trying this next week, the Journal goes everywhere with me and this time around always in my hand. No more in my backpack.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 14, 2019 22:19:18
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      @seunoyebode @keni
      For me, motivation weights more than discipline.
      Many habits I have tried but failed thousands of times, only a few of them finally survive. They have one common: I find the motivation of doing it for happy, then enjoyment brings discipline naturally. So nothing could stop me, because I'm happy to do it.

      That's why I start journaling again.
      My journal is not a free writing thing but a collection of questions to answer before the week, after waking up, before going asleep and after the week. It's a mixture of self-talk and goal tracking.
      I used to avoid it because it's painful for me to answer these questions: I don't like myself at all.
      But now, I realized that it's no such thing as "finding yourself", instead, you need to create your ideal self.
      So, I accept I'm so terrible in the past, I could create an ideal one right now. Naturally, I start to enjoy observing myself and living for the present. How? Write the "present self" down!

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 15, 2019 13:47:53
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    @5plus6 δΌ‘ζ―ζ˜―η‚ΊδΊ†θ΅°ζ›΄ι ηš„θ·― ... this explains the changes after vacation? haha

    Knight avatar Knight | Jul 04, 2019 06:43:35
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      @knight Yeah. δΊΊη”Ÿζ˜―ι¦¬ζ‹‰ζΎθ€ŒδΈζ˜―η™Ύη±³θ³½θ·‘ :-D.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 04, 2019 12:08:23
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    @5plus6 I only have writing journals(I've already finished 2 notebooks). Most of my contents are purely random consciousness and I realized that I don't have a particular structure yet as you do. Thanks for the hint :) . I initially follow the Tips in the book "The Artist Way" about the Morning Pages where you will write handwritten notes of pure consciousness.

    Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | Jul 03, 2019 20:59:13
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      @chrisdeuda I am inspired by the "The Artist Way", too. So there is an everyday 'free writing ' blank page. If you're interested in my journal's structure, maybe you'll also want a few details. All are brief questions forcing you to think clearly.
      For example, night questions are:
      #1 How productive were you today (1-10)? What happened?
      #2 What's going well? Any wins (big or little)?
      #3 I struggled with:
      #4 Possible solutions:
      #5 How could I have made today even better?
      #6 Tomorrow would be great because:
      #7 3 amazing things happened today:

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 03, 2019 22:13:07
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      @5plus6 Thank you so much for these tips :). It will surely power up my journals with more structures now. It was crazy that I'm now with the 3rd notebook but I didn't put structures on my writing. There are times I could write 7 pages and I'm wondering what the heck I even write without structures.

      Again thank you so much for these tips :)

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | Jul 03, 2019 23:16:16
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      @chrisdeuda 2 finished notebooks are great achievements!
      As a new beginner, structures help me an easier start for sustainability, as well as revealing daily improvements, like a mind map.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 04, 2019 11:55:35
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