I have been trying to keep a journal since high school. It always starts well. I write pages and pages for a few weeks and then I give up. I get bored. I run out of things to say.
I have even kept a list of prompts to use so I can at least write about something. But it still never took. I felt defeated and it was hard to try to journal again.
I was missing something. It was purpose. I wanted to keep a journal because it was something that successful people did. But I didn’t know why they did it or to what purpose. I never felt like I was getting anywhere.
Then I found the Five Minute Journal. I was listening to a Tim Ferriss Podcast and he suggested it as the single best thing that has helped a lot of his audience. What I loved about the pitch was the emphasis of gratitude. I am not a naturally grateful person and it is something I wanted to work on.
So I bought the journal right away. It has been the single best purchase I have made it years. It is super easy to do. It takes less than five minutes in the morning and the evening.
In the morning you write top three gratitude’s and top three actions that will make the day great. It gets you thinking about what you love about life and how you will make today count first thing in the morning. No need to drone on with a bunch of words to fill the page. One sentence per item so 6 sentences in total.
In the evening it is 3 things about the day that were amazing. Really easy to accomplish and keeps the gratefulness ever present right before I go to bed.
The other side effect is that I feel a huge sense of accomplishment each day. It is easy for me to get caught in the day doing what others want me to do rather than being mindful in accomplishing my purpose. Spending these five minutes to journal is one way I can do something specific that helps me get in touch with what is important.