Day 7 of the OurCraves 7-Days to Deeper Self Love Challenge is to reflect on your goals and pen them to paper.
I understand that keeping a journal seems very pre-teen like. We hear the word journal and we conjure up images of emotional scribbles that follow the words Dear Diary… I used to think so too, but have since learnt that some of the most successful people in the world are journal keepers. People in sport, public speaking, and business.
There is a plethora of information online regarding why writing and journaling is an effective practice, so feel free to Google it, but today I’d like to share some tips on how you can incorporate this practice into your life.
Goal setting can be done on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Daily goals support weekly objectives, and so on. If you work in a corporation, you’ve probably heard all about it from the Human Resources Department. You probably even have a hardcover diary that includes lists of meetings to attend, and documents that either have to be drafted or reviewed. It may appear similar to keeping a journal, but there are some fundamental differences. To help you make the shift, I’ve listed some tips below.
How to start your journal:
- Focus. Keeping a person journal allows you to focus on any aspect(s) of your life. What are the things you really want to improve at, excel in or try out for the first time? It may be that you’ve been struggling with something and you’ve finally decided to commit to it. Or, it could be that you’ve always wanted to try a specific hobby but never got around to taking that class. Be specific.
- List your overarching goals. Stop judging yourself and write it down. Be bold, be brave. You don’t have to share the fact that you have a journal with anyone else. Create a list of all the things you want to achieve by 31 December 2018.
- Develop a plan of action. Taking one goal at a time, develop a plan of how you’re going to achieve that, by drawing breaking it down into smaller actions. Resist the urge to feel overwhelmed and just begin. Like with every other skill, keeping a journal is a habit that you decide to develop, and one you improve at over time. You’ll revisit and revise your list as you go. Think of what is feasible during the duration of a month, and jot that down.
- Create a list of your weekly targets. Now that you know what you’d like to achieve by the end of the month, think about what that means for this week. These targets are small enough to be manageable, and big enough to make a difference in the long term. Consistency, remember?
- Keep yourself accountable. Tick off your successes by checking-in at the end of each day, or the beginning of the next. Be honest with yourself and make notes to remember how the day went, what the highlight was and where you need to improve.
- The joy of keeping a journal. Often, when we’re having a bad day and are unable to check anything off our lists, we forget how good the other days were. Sometimes we think we’ve been stuck with a certain problem for months, when in reality, it’s only been a few days. Paging through your journal quickly refreshes the memory regarding all the progress you made, and motivates you to keep going.
I hope you’ll give these tips a try, and that they help you on your personal journey.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the OurCraves Self Love Challenge. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you have any suggestions regarding topics you’d like me to cover in the future, don’t hesitate to get in contact via the comments section, email or Instagram.
Have a wonderful, productive week, family!