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.
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.
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
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.
The more I dive into learning, the more I see the value of podcasts as a leader’s secret weapon for leadership development. Last year, I listened to more podcasts than ever before, and it sparked new ideas for building my personal leadership.
Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.
If leadership is influence then one question we must ask ourselves is, what or who is shaping our direction. For me, I choose to surround myself with leaders who are visionary, strategic, outside-the-box thinkers and personal mentors
Additionally, I am influenced by the books and podcasts.
I believe our growth as leaders is never a done deal; we must be continually growing. John Maxwell talks about the Law of the Lid.
The Law of the Lid states that our leadership will only grow to the capacity we have. For example, if the ability of a leader is a three (3) or four (4), they may only grow to be a five (5) or six (6).
However, if a leader's capacity is a seven (7) or eight (8), they have the ability to reach a nine (9) or ten (10).