In summer this year Armin Schubert and me gave a couple of talks on a topic we are both truly passionate about: Gratitude. Basically we talked about how you can leverage insights from Positive Psychology in your day-to-day (work)life – and we shared a bunch of methods for individuals and team to foster flourishing and resilience.
One of these methods is (micro-)journaling. Within that context of public speaking, two contacts with companies which create guided journals emerged. Their journals are pre-structured and designed as a means of establishing healthy, positive habits in your daily life and both companies offered to provide us with a free sample of their books (at that point, I feel the urge to add: without expecting anything in return).
These samples were kind of a broad hint to me! The last time I’ve been using a journal over a longer time is years ago. So giving those journals a try was definitely out of my comfort zone and yet it made me excited. “Will I manage to stick to it? Will it have effects on me? Will I like these effects? What else will happen?” my busy brain kept asking me.
So here they are:
The Clarity Journal (German original title: Klarheit Journal) from halloklarheit.de was the first that arrived at my desk and it was the first one I was experimenting with.
The 6-Minutes Diary (Geman original title: 6 Minuten Tagebuch) from urbestself arrived a bit later and it is the second journal I testdrive.
I already tweeted a bit on my first 6 weeks with the Clarity Journal to share with curious people and help myself over the first bumpy time. As the journaling surprised me with its really deep impact, I decided to write a little blogpost series about my experiences.
This is the start and there will be four parts coming:
- How to make the journaling habit stick
- WTF?? Did I really want to be that honest to myself? On my first weeks with the Clarity Journal
- Different needs, different tools! What made me change the journals earlier than expected…
- Change hurts! My first weeks with the 6-Minutes-Diary
I am looking forward to having you here and maybe also contributing your thoughts, experiences and questions. 🙂