In this blog Ludo shares his approach on how to get control of your day, simply by filling in a journal. Yes, it’s that easy and here’s how and why you should do it…
Before we even get to journal part of this blog, first things first – as soon as you wake up, drink a large glass of water. This might seem a bit trivial, but remember you’ve just been asleep for 6-8 hours which is a long time to go without water, so naturally your body dehydrates during this time. Not only is it important to drink a glass of water in the morning for rehydrating purposes, but it will boost your alertness, fuel your brain and kick-start your metabolism – what better way to start your day and put you in a good frame of mind for writing in your journal.
Ok, now for getting control of your day by writing in your journal.
In the morning
Start by writing down everything you have on for the day, whether it be meetings (personal and work), tasks, appointments, shopping, leisure activities, gym, etc. – just make sure you write down absolutely everything. You’ll then be able to easily prioritise your day based what you expect to be easy or more difficult. Doing this first thing in the morning will help you visualise how your day is going to play out and you can then plan the other parts of your day around this.
Next, write down at the bottom of the page how you feel about the day ahead. This will allow you to reflect on how you were feeling in the morning, later on in the day or even weeks later – this is important as it will help you better yourself and you’ll be reminded of just how capable you are! So whether you’re excited (or nervous) about a big meeting at work, perhaps you feel optimistic as you realise you’re going to be able to cross-off a lot of tasks on your to-do list, or maybe you feel like you just can’t be bothered with today – whatever it is you’re feeling, just write it down at the bottom of the page.
Throughout the day
As your day goes on, cross-off what you have written in your journal as they happen or when you complete them. This will give you a sense of achievement, boosting your self-esteem and productivity! Obviously if other things come up that you need to action you can add them to your journal but remember, if you’re going to try to get into the habit of ‘getting control of your day’, you’ll be writing in your journal every morning so you can always add to it then.
In the evening
At the end of the day take 10 minutes before bed to revisit your journal. Write down the outcomes of all the things you had written in your journal that morning. How did your big meeting go? Did you manage to finish all your tasks? Jot down a few notes of how everything went. If there’s anything you didn’t achieve or anything you didn’t get round to doing, that’s okay – just write it down so you know to come back to these the following day or later in the week.
Now, think back about how you were feeling that morning (you’ll have this written down at the bottom of the page). Did your day turn out better than expected? Were you actually worrying about something that turned out to be a breeze? This short period of self-reflection will help you better understand what you were, and what you are now feeling having gone through the motion of the day. Furthermore, you’ll free up valuable thinking space to get clarity on what you need to do next.
This is Ludo’s way to engage his mind which makes for an efficient day. Give it a try and let us know what you think!