Discover how you can use journaling to be more focused, productive, and successful. Understand why it’s the best investment in yourself and your lifestyle.

You go to bed thinking about how productive tomorrow will be. 

You have a mental to-do list a mile long, and your plan is to sleep well, wake up early and check off those tasks like a boss.

The morning comes, and you hit snooze. You just need a little more rest before you tackle your day, but you’ve got this. Then, maybe you hit snooze just one more time.

Once up, your morning coffee takes a little too long to brew. You can’t start anything without that. Then, you grab your phone to scroll Facebook.

You’ll get to your list once you’ve woken up a bit more…

Before you know it, most of the day is gone, and even though you have crossed some items off your list, it isn’t nearly as many as you had intended on.

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Many of us call ourselves procrastinators.

While we do actualize some of our goals and complete our responsibilities, we don’t take action as much as we hope to.

We aren’t focused enough.

Instead, we go from one task to another, mindlessly. Keeping ourselves busy doing empty tasks (like scrolling newsfeeds or doing the bare minimum). Because we let our attention be pulled into different directions, we end up feeling overwhelmed all time but accomplishing little to nothing.

It happens at work and home. 

At the end, there’s so much distraction that we lose sight of what’s meaningful to us.

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This is how to stop hoping to get things done and plan with focus

To avoid being exhausted every day, the only solution is to concentrate our energy and attention purposefully. We need to plan. This starts by centering in on actions that bring us closer to our goals.

Otherwise, life feels like a constant struggle between a lack of time and packed to-do lists.

The first step most of us take is buying planners.

There are so many available on the market that it’s hard to stick to just one.

But no matter the price, brand, or size, they can’t do the work for us.

The truth is no amount of pretty stamps, washi tapes, and markers will actualize your goals for you.

A beautifully decorated planner is just that: a beautifully decorated planner.

The only way you will be productive is dependent on:

  • Your consistency,
  • How you plan your days,
  • What your priorities are,
  • Your mindset, and
  • Your focus.

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Focus

Whether you use an electronic tool such as Evernote* or a notebook like Erin Condren*’s, your overall focus will improve if you start journaling daily.

Five ways you can use your daily loggings to get the most out your time are:

  1. Know yourself,
  2. Define success,
  3. Create a plan,
  4. Develop your mindset, and
  5. Review your progress.

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1. Know yourself

What are your strengths? What are the areas you can improve upon?

2. Define success

Sit down and write out your definition of success. Is success money related? Is it based on professional or personal accomplishments? Or, is it making a big purchase like buying a home or going on a dream vacation? Put your pen to paper and define what success means to you.

3. Create a plan

Based on your skills and abilities, what do you need to do to achieve your goals? If it helps, work backwards. Start with your definition of success and then brainstorm ways to get there.

4. Develop your mindset

Do you see yourself living the lifestyle of your dreams? Do you feed yourself with positive images and affirmations?

5. Review your progress

How far have you come already? What quick-wins have you successfully implemented? What habits have you improved?

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One day at a time

Let me ask you to set your planner aside.

Instead of working on your list of tasks, appointments, and responsibilities, I want you to take a moment to reflect.

Grab your favorite journaling tool and write down all ideas you’re having after reading this blog.

Let it all out of your head.

Only stop when you feel have nothing more to share for today.

Then, read everything. If possible, read it out loud.

Answer the following questions:

  • Is your focus clearer now?
  • Do you have a better idea of what you want?
  • What are your priorities?
  • What needs to happen for you to have a productive day?
  • How are you going to achieve it?

Now, go back to your favorite planner and put together a mindful to-do list.

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Get all the support and guidance you need to become a better version of yourself one day at a time without stress.

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Before you go

Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?

Do you know how to keep a journal to boost your focus?

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Productivity Life Coach
Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Life Coach. She helps overwhelmed active women define realistic priorities to overcome procrastination and develop a fulfilling lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.