How to Make Journaling Part of Your Life

Six Tools to Help You Journal

When you think of journaling, what comes to your mind? Journaling has evolved over the years. The creator of The Five Minute Journal has been journaling since he was fourteen or fifteen years old.

Coffee and Notebook

The days of the diary still exist but in different forms. Developing a journaling habit must be intentional. Over the years, I have had several journals. Most of my journals have centered around travel. I shared some of my actual handwritten travel journal entries in my 40 for 40 series.

As I have grown in my understanding of journaling, I still appreciate the beauty of a handwritten journal; however, I now use tools that fit my digital workflow.

Journals help us …

  • Process our thoughts and emotions
  • Connect our mind and heart
  • Lead to “aha” moments on a subject
  • Create an environment of growth
  • Show our progress

Why Habit Tracking is Good & 3 Apps to Use

At the start of 2017, I determined that I wanted to develop more habit goals than achievement goals.

Journals and coffee

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A quick recap …

  • Achievement or Outcome Goals – these have a deadline attached to them. For example, read 25 books by June 1.
  • Habit Goals – these goals have a start date. For example, write every day for 30 days beginning February 1.

Each year, I set between seven and ten goals. These goals are a mix between personal and professional.

Whether I am setting personal or vocational goals, I use the app trackers to help me stay on target and making progress towards my goals.

Three Habit Tracking Apps

  1. Productive – this is a new app I downloaded at the beginning of the year. I heard great things about the app from people at Macstories and the Mac Power Users. It has a beautiful interface that makes it easy to track my habits.

3 Powerful Habit Goals I Set Every Year

and You Can Too!

Happy New Year! Each year millions of people set new year’s resolutions or goals, and usually by the second week, they have already failed at several of them. Developing the discipline of setting and achieving goals is difficult, but not unattainable.

Coffee Mug and Bible

Each year I set between seven and ten goals. Over the past several years, I have developed three habits that no longer make it to my goal list.

Today’s research indicates that it takes an average 66 days to develop a new habit. What happened to the 21 days or 30 days to a better me. Well, some goals need more time to take root in our lives.

It is possible to develop healthy habits, but it starts with adding them to your yearly goal list.

Here are three habits that no longer appear on my goal list.

Habit #1 – Read Thru the Bible In One Year

Growing up, I would read the parts of the bible while pursuing a certain study topic. However, I neglected the habit of reading through the whole Bible.

The 3 Most Powerful Goals I Establish Every Year

A little over six weeks ago, the new year began and with it, our goals kicked into overdrive. For me, I have been working on some goals faster than others, but I remain steadfast.

The 3 Most Powerful Goals I Establish Every Year

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When I reviewed my goals this past week, I realized there were some goals that I instinctively set, but do not appear on any goal sheet I use. This is because they have become habit goals.

Michael Hyatt shares there are two types of goals: habit and outcome goals. Most of us set outcome goals each year with a clearly identified achievement date.

Habit goals have a start date, but no end date. These goals are established over a period until they become second nature.

Each year, I establish three powerful goals that never show up on my annual goal list but do show up in my everyday life.