Personal, Professional and Solution Journaling
This month we’re going to focus on the 12 types of journaling I teach. I know most people hate journaling. Guess what? If you can write a long winded Facebook update or Instagram post then you can journal. It’s really that simple. Over this month, we’ll break down the 12 types of journaling as we lead up to our Teleseminar on Tuesday, August 30.
Let’s start with the more business focused journaling. Now before we get started, I do want to mention I personally dislike journal prompts. I feel they are more call and response than you pouring out what’s in your mind and on your heart.
Back to the journaling.
Personal journaling is where you literally pour out what’s on your mind or in your heart. I tend to do this when I’m upset. Rarely do I do this when I’m happy. But I would suggest to do this type of journaling whenever you have too much on your mind.
Ex. You just experienced the best date of your life. So write down everything from the moment you started getting ready until the moment you got home. Writing down the details sharpens your mind but also helps you keep those memories on your mind and not forgotten.
Professional journaling is when you document what you did or didn’t do as far as your job or business is concerned. This is more tactical I would say. You are trying to keep as much progress that you are making written down.
Ex. You have a 90 day goal. So each day you record what you did or didn’t do as you move closer to your deadline. At the beginning of each week, you evaluate to see where you are and what you need to tweak.
Solution Journaling is when you have a problem and you spend a week at most writing on a different page, a different solution for your problem. At the end of the week you see what you have come up with.
Ex. Problem- Get 20 new clients. Solution 1- write blog posts. Solution 2- call 100 new leads a week, etc. You think of all the possible things you can do to fix that problem then choose 1-2 to get you started.
Journaling is writing without stopping. This isn’t an English class so don’t worry about grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. Most times my writing is ineligible. But that’s not the point. The point is to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. This helps you know the day you had that thought and how long it took you to bring that thought to life.
I started with these 3 types as most of my readers are in business or want to be. So start doing 5 minutes a day this week. For the next 7 days, I want you to spend the first 5 minutes of your day trying at least one of these journaling types.