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Journalling – How To Get Going And Keep Going
Connection to others is critical in good leadership and starts with connection to yourself. Journalling is a great tool for self-connection.
Here are some guidelines to get you going and keep you going:
- Buy a nice journal. I love a good leather-covered one I can feel proud to write in.
- Have a regular time to write – in the morning, at the end of the day, or, for example, every Sunday morning as you reflect on the past seven days and the week ahead. I like to spend five minutes journalling when I first come in the office, before I turn on my computer. It helps me connect to myself before the barrage of the world’s demands start hitting me.
- Experiment with structure. Sometimes journalling is a brain dump, a process I learned from Julia Cameron. Her journalling method is three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing. Other times I use a structure of a) How am I feeling? (Including wins in the past 24 hours, lessons learned, and glitches); b) How will I show up today? c) What am I grateful for?
- Write less than you think you “should.” Like exercise, it’s better to have small consistent successes than big failures. Two or three sentences is great while you’re getting into the habit.
- Don’t show it to anyone. You aren’t writing to impress anyone. It won’t be graded. It is only for you.
- Don’t sweat it if journalling doesn’t work for you. It isn’t for everyone. There are lots of other tools for connecting with yourself.