Why You Should Keep a Gratitude Journal

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments


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Photo Credit -happyserendipity.com

In today’s world, it can be very easy to focus on the things we don’t have rather than pay thanks to the things that we do have. Indeed, that’s when keeping a gratitude journal comes in to play. Not only does it take the focus off our unnecessary wants, it gives us a reason to reflect on all of the good things in our lives. And you shouldn’t limit the project to just yourself. Instead, involve the whole family and let the gratitude journal your children keep become a way to show them what is truly important in their lives.

Keeping a gratitude journal makes it easier to focus on priorities. It shows us how our past wants were achieved or dismissed and it gives us an idea of what areas of our lives are good and which areas need improvement. For example, we may have created a good career, but haven’t kept the friends from our past as close as we would have liked to. The gratitude journal can help us find a way to reconnect with our old gang and find ways to let them know how much that part of your life meant to you.

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Six Tips for Better Journal Entries

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

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Journaling regularly is a very satisfying act.  It’s the type of pastime with numerous benefits.  Not only does journaling give you a private place to record your thoughts, it gives you the opportunity to revisit different times in your life and reflect upon the growth and progress you have made as a person.

Your journal can enhance the quality of your life, help you pinpoint your dreams and aspirations, and strengthen the relationships you have with your family and friends.  So, how can you improve your journaling practice?  What type of things can you do to enhance the quality of your digital journal entries?  Is there a way to make things look, feel, and read better?  Are there any tools you can use to safeguard your most private thoughts?

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Digital Journaling in the Great Outdoors

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 | 0 comments


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Do you love the convenience of modern technology but also enjoy the solitude found in the Great Outdoors?  Does your idea of ‘roughing it’ differ than your family and friends?  If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, you very well fall into a category of modern day campers, hikers, and explorers that are online and connected throughout the course of their journeys.

Thanks to a handful of incredible inventors, you can take technology with you while you sleep under the stars.  Best of all, you can document your experience similar to the way you prefer to journal at home-digitally.  Charging your mobile devices has never been easier than it is today.  Let’s take a look at few of the must-have inventions on any digital journal keeper’s outdoor wish list.

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Find Journal Material You Thought Was Long Forgotten

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Whether you are new to journaling or a seasoned veteran, there are likely times in your life that you wish you had kept better records of. This can be a feeling of overwhelm or even sorrow, knowing that it would be, at best, difficult to catch up or retrieve those lost memories.

You may be surprised to hear that many of those memories are not only available, but written down as well.



In attempting to keep in contact with separated loved ones, we often communicate through email, updating our lives. These emails are surprisingly saturated with details of our lives and are stored for pretty much as long as we use the email account.

These letters work as great journal entries and can help fill in gaps you thought were long forgotten. To find them, go into the ‘Sent’ folder of your email account. Scroll to the date you are looking to fill and look for emails you sent to family and friends. You can either use them in total or edit them to fit your needs.

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Stephen R. Covey’s Journal Tips

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 | 0 comments

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I have been reading the book “Living the 7 Habits” by the famed author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen R. Covey. It is filled with stories of people who used the 7 habits in their own lives and commentary by Covey throughout.

One particular story titled “The Journal” discusses an embattled father going through a divorce. He was torn by the fact that he wasn’t going to be able to see his 3-year-old son as much and influence him as his father. Covey had the inspiration to encourage him to keep a journal for his son and though it wouldn’t do much for the boy in his younger years, it would mean much more later in life. The man expressed how liberating this experience was later. Although these ideas are about keeping a journal for a child, almost all of them apply to your personal journal or diary as well.

  1. Make sure you date all the entries.
  2. Share really specific experiences that they will be able to remember.
  3. Set aside a regular time to write in the journal.
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3 Tips That Will Improve Today’s Journal Entry

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 | 0 comments


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Photo credit – onewaystock.com

Many of my journal entries are lame. I’ll man up and admit it. They could have been written by Watson, the IBM Jeopardy robot.

It’s not that I don’t care or don’t try, I just get lazy sometimes. I leave out the real substance and settle for the Oreo cookies that go with every meal- a log of the days events.

But fortunately I try and improve every day as well. Sometimes I make a concerted effort to stay away from the empty calories and go for the healthy stuff. The kind my mom used to hide in our pancakes.

Like cracked wheat and stuff.

So, here are 3 quick tips that I sometimes use that will improve your journal TODAY:

  1. Before you write anything, stop. Spend two minutes thinking about something you are grateful for in your life or that happened that day.
  2. Ask yourself this one question: “If I could relive any one day in my life, would I relive this one? Why or why not?
  3. End your entry with one simple goal you know you will accomplish tomorrow. The smaller the better. Try something like “Say hi to that guy no one talks to.” or “Only watch one episode of Psych on Netflix”

See, easy!

Did it work? Let me know in the comments.

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Use Keywords And The Search Bar To Index Your eJournal

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Medium

I once had a brilliant idea for my journals. I wanted to get colored pencils and go through them, page by page, color coding different themes. I would use blue for inspiration, yellow for a funny story, green for a life changing event, and so on.

Of course I never did this. It would be far to much work for something no one would ever appreciate, including myself. Fortunately, with eJournals, I have realized that a small variation on this idea is not only possible, but it is easy and very effective.

If you use an online or mobile journal, you may be aware of a “Search” function built in (if you haven’t yet started one of these, you should probably make sure the one you choose has this feature). This is a great way to quickly find an event or a person you know you wrote about in the past. This is one of the key selling points for switching to digital journaling as a similar search through a physical journal would be nearly impossible.

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Easy Reminders

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 | 0 comments

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[important]Difficulty: Easy[/important]

One of the hardest parts of journaling, especially in the beginning, is just remembering to do it. No matter how highly we prioritize writing in a journal, there will always be something more important such as family or work.

A simple tip that can turn a hope into a habit is creating reminders and all you need is your cell phone. Go into the calendar and create a new event. Call it “Write in Journal”, or something like that and set it to repeat daily. Set the time at the most likely time that you will have a few minutes (probably night or morning) and make sure to turn the alarm on. Then, each day you will get a pesky reminder to just jot down a few thoughts on the day.

Just don’t blame me when you throw your phone through the window.

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