Simple techniques: How journaling helps my productivity and focus.

Recently, I was asked a question by a “potential client” of mine, “what do I do to keep myself on track with my schedule and maintain my focus.” I know she was struggling with time management and productivity (her version of it). She felt that she could approach me with her concern. I know her, so I do know that what she has been doing it great. I wanted to let her know and specify that I try really hard to stay on track. In the sense that staying on track and being productive hasn’t come easily to me.  The first thing that I politely told her was that it is not always that I can stay focused. I have my weak moments too, but yeah, 90% of the times, I’ve trained my brain to stay focused on my set goals. The one thing that really helps me juggle all my tasks and stay focused is, journaling. Let me tell you how.

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Journaling helps us rewire or retrain our brain in multiple ways, and there is a lot of research to prove that now. I’ll share my juggling story with you: When I was in the second year of college (undergrad program) studying mass media, I applied for part-time work and thankfully got two opportunities in journalism. I was staying in the hostel and wanted to make some extra buck.It has been quite a few years since then that I’ve been juggling education, work, and personal life. I continued this pattern even in my post-graduate course. I took it upon myself to make money on the side and do the course, no matter how demanding it was. It almost became a pattern that I would sleep late, get up early and just roll. To think of it now, I really don’t know how I did it all. I had extremely limited social life, for sure. However, I was focused on my goal. I moved on to a full-time and then got married as well. Nevertheless, I didn’t leave myself at that now, did I. I went ahead to pursue my master’s degree while I was working full time, and now I am doing my doctorate in human performance improvement and alongside I even got myself certified in nutrition, all this while I am running a business, taking of myself and my family. Crazy, right? But this is what keeps me going. I love to juggle.

It has been quite a few years since then that I’ve been juggling education, work, and personal life. I continued this pattern even in my post-graduate course. I took it upon myself to make money on the side and do the course, no matter how demanding it was. It almost became a pattern that I would sleep late, get up early and just roll. To think of it now, I really don’t know how I did it all. I had extremely limited social life, for sure. However, I was focused on my goal. I moved on to a full-time and then got married as well. However, I didn’t leave myself at that now, did I. I went ahead to pursue my master’s degree while I was working full time, and now I am doing my doctorate in human performance improvement and alongside I even got myself certified in nutrition, all this while I am running a business, taking of myself and my family. Crazy, right? But this is what keeps me going. I love to juggle.

To think of it now, I really don’t know how I did it all. I had extremely limited social life, for sure. However, I was focused on my goal. I moved on to a full-time job, later I chose to get married in the following year. However, I didn’t leave myself at that, now, did I. I moved cities, went ahead to pursue my master’s degree while I was working full time, and now… I am doing my doctorate in human performance improvement and alongside, I even got myself certified in nutrition, all this while I am running a business, taking of myself and my family. Crazy, right? But this is what keeps me going. I love to juggle.

I can say that throughout my 20’s I’ve been a juggler and multi-tasker of sorts and I used to take pride in it. However, I know after a while when my energy would drain, it will impact my productivity and focus. It might even add to my stress, who knows?

I am a big fan of mindset change and habit formation. So, I knew I had to incorporate something in my daily routine that would keep me sane and alive in doing all the different kinds of things that I do. I used to do journaling when I was in 5th grade, in school, and I stopped in between because one of my cousins laughed at what I used to write. But to think of it, that’s the reality. People are going to laugh, they will judge, they will comment, but if we’re committed to our goal and clear on what we want, we couldn’t care less about what the world thinks.

Journaling helps shape our mind to keep producing results, focus better, and shut down that silly voice in our head that tells us, “we haven’t done enough” or that “we aren’t good enough.” It helps phenomenally and there are extremely simple things you could includeto write every single day and trust me, it will retrain your brain. Here’s what you do, write down:

  1. Gratitude: What are those smallest and biggest things that you’re thankful for, today?
  2. Affirmations: What are the things that you need to remind yourself of today?
  3. Lessons learned: What were the lessons that this day has taught you?
  4. Tasks accomplished: What all, simplest to hardest tasks have you accomplished today?
  5. Future plans: What are you planning to do tomorrow, or this year or what goals are you setting for your future?

Don’t forget to keep revisiting it. Trust me it helps.

Now you tell me: Do you keep a journal already? Or what are your thoughts about keeping one? Put it down in the comments section.

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