Personally, I always wanted to write out my accomplishments, thoughts and goals each day, but it just felt like too much of a pain in the ass.
A friend of mine told me about The Five Minute Journal, and it was kind of a revelation.
There’s not much to it really. You start each day by writing down three things you’re grateful for, then three things you want to achieve that day, then one positive affirmation (i.e. “I am strong” or “I will finish that project”).
Then at the end of the day, you revisit the page and write out one thing that you could have done better today, which you’ll try to correct for tomorrow.
And that’s it. It literally does require just five minutes or less, and I’ve found it to be pretty insanely helpful, considering how little effort it requires.
Obviously you can just replicate the process yourself with a notebook, but I found buying the book was a great way to develop the habit.
The journal is hefty, its pages feel substantial and classy, and the whole thing made the five-minute writing process feel like I was following in the journaling tradition of great men like Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain, and really doing something of substance.
Plus, its first pages are devoted to outlining the science behind the method and explaining why journaling – even briefly – each day is so damn effective.
Once I finished the book and had entrenched the habit in my morning routine, I just continued doing it in a notebook afterwards.
It’s been more than a year now, and I’ve definitely become more mindful, better able to put things in perspective and more confident in my ability to achieve my goals.
Not bad for five minutes a day.
Use the link below to check it out on Amazon and try it for yourself.
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Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a men’s style specialist, an Amazon bestselling author, an unrepentant introvert, a (patient, if long-suffering) Toronto sports fan and the husband of a wonderful (and fortunately much more patient) wife.