I wouldn’t be without my journal – specifically my version of a Bullet Journal (see my earlier blog post here – My Journey into the Bullet Journal. So I was really pleased to come across this passage from the late, great Jim Rohn today which really spells out nicely the benefits of keeping a journal and keeping track of daily activities. If you haven’t yet started keeping a journal, this extended quotation should give you all the motivation you need!
“If it isn’t apparent easy to see right away, if what you’re doing is happening in such small increments, if you’re not sure if you’re on track, then you need to be writing it down. You need to keep a journal anyway, but if you really aren’t sure that what you’re doing is making measurable progress you need to keep a written record, you need to write down everything that may be relevant in your day: what you did, who you saw, what you felt, how it may or may not affect you now and in the future.
“The best way to track your activities of the day is to write them down; the best way to track your activities of the week is to write them down; the best way to analyze your progress through the year is to have written it down. Why? So you can look back on it, because by keeping a written record of your life you will be more accountable. By putting into writing the action steps that you have planned, you will easily see what works and what doesn’t. Most people just trying to get through the day, never writing anything down, never keeping track of their progress along the way; never really knowing if they are doing all they can to reach their goals, to drive their ambition.
“But gifted people learn to get from the day. They don’t let a day end without picking up some valuable experience, some emotional content, some idea that may positively affect their future. To get the most from the day, to learn the most from a day, you need to be able to reflect on the day. And how can you reflect on a day unless you recorded it in history?”