I’m terrible at keeping a journal. Especially one that requires me to sit and write down everything that happened during the day. In my pre-baby life I did a decent job of keeping a dream journal but now I usually wake to a crying baby and don’t have time to lay in bed and write down my dreams.
During one middle of the night feeding I read about a journal called The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day. It sounded interesting but I’m lazy and cheap and didn’t want to buy a journal and wait for it to arrive. There’s an app that I could (and probably should) download but it’s $4.99 and I didn’t trust myself to stick with it. So I scoured the Internet and found the cheap version (aka FREE). I had a million notebooks from my teaching days and decided to do the journal on my own.
I’m grateful for… (3 things)
What would make today great? (3 things)
Daily Affirmation: I am…
Three amazing things that happened today…
What could have made today better?
The quote usually takes the longest because I try to find one that is inspirational and meaningful to me. Sometimes if I find more than one I’ll fill them in for other days so I’m ahead. I also tend to fill in the weekly challenge for the whole week to save time throughout the week. When I’m feeling productive I will write the prompts for several days to save myself some time.
You are supposed to do the journal every morning before you start your day, but I’m a busy mom so if it gets done by noon I call that a win. It’s easier to do the evening journal right before bed because I’m not fighting an infant for my pen!
My mom tried to do this journal but said she found it difficult to think of things. I think she was thinking too hard about it. I think the key is to be realistic. While a million dollars would make today great, the chances of that happening are slim. On the other hand, getting some exercise in is realistic and will make me feel better about myself.