Daily journal templateSplit into two sections, morning and evening. Morning for getting a leg up on the day, Evening for reflection. I have found that writing in the morning wakes up my brain and gets me going.
Something I’m looking forward to today?Have something to look forward to most days. Could be as simple as going to dinner or going to the gym after full day of coding etc. But having that one thing to look forward to makes you less likely to procrastinate during the day because you have your reward already planned.
Something scary or uncomfortable thing I will do today?Again this can’t be achieved every day but at least 2 days per week do something uncomfortable. Look for these uncomfortable things in the goals you are pursuing. If you’re pursuing something meaningful and something you haven’t done before, there are plenty of scary things to go around.
Write 3 things you are grateful for?This is a no brainer, expressing gratitude early in the morning is the best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul. It relaxes you, makes you more conscious and gives you perspective about what is truly important.
What would make today a success, what a super success?Helps me define a success goal for the day and a stretch goal if things are going great. I usually define one task per project that I’m actively working on. Since I’m using LifeHQ I have my daily mission module there so this prompt becomes obsolete. But it is still nice to write it down if it’s important enough.
Month mantraThis is something I’m experimenting with that I heard from the guys at Ultraworking. A month mantra is usually a quote that is valuable to you and you’d like to embrace it for a whole month, or more. So it’s something that you would like to read every morning and get in the right mindset. I like to pose it as a rhetorical question, here are some examples:
- Would you prefer success this year or in 5 years?
- If not now, when?
- Are you the hardest worker in the room?
- Focus on making magical products, you can, but will you?
EveningThe usual prompts for self reflection at the end of the day.
What went according to plan and what didn’t?
How was your productivity today. Why?
How were your energy and mood today. Why?
Now plan out your tasks for tomorrow.Reminder to go into the Master list in LifeHQ and pick the tasks for the next day from my active projects.
Week journal template
Before the week starts, on Sunday
Tasks I must accomplish this weekSelf explanatory. Pick a few, I choose 3, bigger tasks that must get done this week.
Mid week checkupCheck the 3 big tasks again and see what the progress is.
End of week, reflection
Review daily journalsLifeHQ has an awesome split view in the journals module that lets me scroll through the Daily journals on the left while I write my Week journal on the right.
Notice Positive or Negative patterns from the days in terms of energy, health, mood and productivity.Positive pattern: Workout out every day for a week boosted your creativity Negative pattern: Drinking out 2 days in a row made you oversleep two days in a row
What was the best day of the week and why?
What was the worst day and why?
Plan one new experience or scary things for next week.
Month journalSidenote: Keeping both week and month journal is bit of an overhead at times, so month and week could be merged into one if you feel you are skipping one of them way too often. If you haven’t, start one of your major goals for the year, that we’ll look into in a minute, and make a project for it. If you have your plate full already with projects move on.
You have four weeks this month, what must be accomplished each one
- Week 1:
- Week 2:
- Week 3:
- Week 4:
End of month reflectionReview your weekly journals and also review the previous month journal.
In what areas are you better this month, in what worse?Choose areas that are important to you at this point in your life. For me it is Productivity, Health, Mood and Energy.
- Specific – Define the goal in detail, answer specific questions: What, Where, When, How much.
- Measurable – How will you measure the success of your goal
- Achievable – Although sky is the limit. Make sure to set achievable goals for the time constraint you will set for yourself
- Relevant – Make sure to pursue goals that will make your life better and that are important enough to you so you can push until the end
- Time-bound – Set a deadline, every goal must have one, otherwise it’s just a dream that could go on for years.
Example of the SMART strategy for goal: Starting a blog and making it successful
- Set up the blog and make the design decent.
- Become a better writer, read books on great writing.
- Write every day, publish 2 articles per week minimum.
- Make connections in the industry and develop social media presence.
- Become great at SEO.
End of year reflection:
What do you remember this past year for?
What was the best thing that happened to you and can you top that next year?
How many of your goals did you finish this year and did they improve your life as much as you thought they will?
How have your priorities changed from beginning of this year to now?
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