I often advice other people to write things down, to get it out of the head and seeing things in perspective. Since many years I keep a private diary but I have not used writing in a more organized way for my projects and business.
Maki at Dosh Dosh writes about The Benefits of Keeping a Private Journal.
A private diary is tremendously powerful. It can help you to greatly improve your business or website. If you want to be a success, you need to think and act strategically. At the very least, you should keep your goals in mind in order to work towards them daily.
And a private journal achieves all this more effectively than a static to-do list, which only lists end goals and results to be achieved. Unlike a to-do list, a well kept journal provokes introspection. It is a liberating and productive outlet for random ideas, thoughts and feelings.
I already had the habit of making notes but it was not as organized as a journal would be. Maki’s post made me decide to use journals as a tool to help me improve and keep track of things. For those who follow this blog it comes as no surprise that I opted for a paper version.
I decided to go for two journals, one for my coaching and one for my blogging. The reason for two journals is that they are two separate projects and I benefit from keeping them apart. Even though I have been writing my journals for a few days only I already see that the journals give me a better way to collect ideas and to follow progress and changes.
Note: Photo by Peter Kaminski.