One simple but effective daily action that undoubtedly leads to better self-understanding and self-confidence is to get into the habit of journaling.

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.

The Five Minute Journal
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THE SIMPLEST WAY TO START YOUR DAY HAPPY – Using the science of positive psychology to improve happiness, The Five Minute Journal focuses your attention on the good in your life. Improve your mental well-being and feel better every day.
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Dave Bowden
A reformed journalist, award-winning blogger and inveterate joker, I founded Irreverent Gent to help guys overcome over-thinking, escape insecurity and take control of their confidence through self-improvement.