Back in December, I started my journey using the Five Minute Journal and gave everyone an idea of what it is and how it can help you be successful. My 60 days are finally up and I wanted to check in and let everyone know how things are going.
First off, if you don’t know what a Five Minute Journal is, I will provide you with the link given with the full details here. To summarize it, it is a journal that allows you to check in in the morning and at night. You simply date the page at the top, write 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make today great, and 2 affirmations in the morning. At night, you reflect by writing 3 things that made the day amazing and 2 things that you think could have made the day better. It only takes five minutes to complete. Hence the title of the journal.
In the beginning, I wanted to utilize this journal as a way of expressing gratitude each and every single day. If you suffer from anxiety and depression like me, this journal would be helpful in the long run. In the beginning, it is scary to think that you have to write down 3 positive things and 3 things you are grateful for. Your brain simply goes haywire because well…it’s so used to allowing negative thoughts and lies to live rent free. I’m going to be honest with you, this was a struggle for me in the beginning. I am always thinking negatively and in worst case scenario situations.
Back to the journal…it doesn’t always take me five minutes to write. There are days where I can jot everything down and move on to the next part of my morning routine. Then there are days where I struggle and I am forcing myself to pick out things to put in my journal. These days it’s challenging, but I do it anyway. I need to document what went on that day.
So far I have noticed a difference in my outlook in life. I have been a little more positive and mindful with the people and things around me. I try to give credit in all areas such as my job, relationships, and experiences. I feel it is important to point out the highlights and lowlights of my day. Our days are simply not perfect by no means, and that’s okay. I’ve learned to be more graceful on the hard days.
The big question is whether or not it has made me successful so far. I can tell a difference in keeping tabs on what’s going on. I am more aware of what I am doing and what I need to do to make changes along the way. If I work on something pertaining to my goal, then I can write about it in my journal. If I slacked off on working on my goals, then I will simply make a reminder in the evening when I’m journaling. I have noticed a big difference in my motivation for writing posts for this blog. I want to keep writing. I want to keep talking about it in person and on social media. It’s becoming a part of me that I enjoy. It’s my escape. Sitting down and writing for five minutes day and night keeps me going.
Writing in the Five Minute Journal for the last 60 days has become a part of my routine. I can say what’s on my mind and move on from it. Taking the time to show gratitude gives me more appreciation for the littlest things in life, and I’m talking about the things we take for granted each and every single day. Seeing these changes tell me that I need to continue using the Five Minute Journal. It’s kept me on track with my goals. I’ve seen some progress so far.
If you are interested in a Five Minute Journal, you can find it here. If you don’t want to buy a special book for journaling, take out a sheet of paper and jot down things you are grateful for and reflect on your day. Give yourself a challenge of doing this for 60 days and check in with yourself on how you are doing. You will be surprised with how much you change your perception on your goals and life in general. If you take on this challenge, let me know how things are going in the short future, I would love to hear how you’re doing.