A good way to keep yourself focused and on track is to keep a journal. To do lists and goal sheets are great starts but a journal will allow you to look at what you’ve done for the day and actually assess just how much progress you’ve made.
I have been keeping a journal since the beginning of the year and it has really helped me define the things that I’ve really worked on and pointed out the times in which I really didn’t do as much as I could have.
Here is how I break my journal usage down:
1. The Date
Just as is says. Main purpose is of course so when you go back and look at your entries you know when you wrote it.
This is where I write down different things that happen through out the day which usually break down this way:
- Exciting things that may have happened
- Recap of things that I was supposed to accomplish
- What I actually accomplished
- Unexpected issues (such as a plugin shutting down when building my site or having to wait in the doctor’s office due to being sick)
- Insights (Had a break through in my script writing or came up with an awesome idea)
3. Tasks for Tomorrow
I usually leave the space at the bottom to figure out the things I need to do tomorrow to improve on what I did today or the actions I need to change in order to be more diligent.
How often should you write in your journal?
As often as you like. I usually make it a daily thing where every night before I go to bed I write in it.
The format of your journal can be anything you like. I keep mine in a good old thick notebook where the cover is decorated and I use multicolored gel pens just for fun. You can also use a computer and there are various apps that are available to use as a journal. What you choose to use is up to you. Just as long as you keep it up.