Friday Thoughts: The Five-Minute Journal
My bookshelf is lined with journals of different shapes and sizes (I even have two Evernote journals!), but for some reason, I’ve never become a journaler. However, this past year I discovered The Five-Minute Journal, and while I still struggle to write regularly, it’s by far the most-used journal I’ve ever owned.
With each journal entry, I start my day
- Recognizing three things and/or people I’m grateful for
- Identifying three things that will make each day great
- Setting goals for the day in the form of an affirmation
- I am committed to (activity) (frequency) so that I can (ideal outcome) by (deadline) .
- Example: I am committed to exercising for one hour four days next week so that I can eat whatever I want next Thursday.
And I end my day
- Appreciating three amazing things that happened
- Reflecting on something I wish I had done better or differently
I’m still not to the journaling level I’d like to be, but I appreciate this journal and the way it’s shaped my perspective on life and God’s blessings.
You don’t necessarily need to purchase The Five-Minute Journal, but let me challenge you to journal the answers to these five reflection points for one week. I’m certain you’ll grow from it and really appreciate the ways God is blessing your life.