Daily Musings - Shane Black

Journaling

For the past three years, I have journaled almost every day.

Along with meditation, it’s one of the best habits I’ve developed as part of my morning routine. I now get annoyed if I don’t journal every day.

Why do I journal? Because it makes me feel better.

I’m sure there are better responses that could be given with scientific theories behind them. But for me, it’s a chance to get things off my mind. I never go back and read any of the entries, quite frankly I think I would be embarrassed too.

I started this habit after continually hearing about other successful entrepreneurs talk about their routines and habits. I found there were a large majority who all incorporated journaling into their lives in some way.

I use journaling as a way to get things off my mind. I find once I’ve written about what’s going on, I’m less likely to keep thinking about it and procrastinating about decisions that need to be made or things that have been playing on my mind and making me lose focus.

Sometimes, the entries will be around the 2000 word mark while other days it will be around 500 words. I don’t set any limits on how long an entry should be. It’s not about how much I write, it’s about getting things out of my mind and into my journal regardless of how many words that takes.

Over the years, I’ve tried different techniques to journaling. I’ve tried free-form writing and I’ve tried using templates where I answer specific questions. I now use a combination of techniques and adjust them to how I’m feeling on the day.

Here is a template I’m currently using in my journal with questions I answer and then at the end I can free-form write anything else that is on my mind.


# MY JOURNAL

**I am grateful for…**
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**What would make today great?**
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**Targets**
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**My Life Goals**
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**Morning Affirmations**
**Other Thoughts & Memories**

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