UPDATE at 7:30 pm EST: Wow!! Thank you so much for your interest in my little experiment! The response here, on Facebook, and by email has been overwhelming. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take any additional volunteers. I'll be sure to let you know if there's another experiment in the future.
Thanks again, so much, for your interest!
Is anyone up for a little journal experiment?
When I think carefully about why I’m so drawn to journaling, it comes down to two things: simplicity and transformation. On any given day, my journal entries are mostly about noticing. What works? What doesn’t work? What thrills me? What doesn’t thrill me? Over time, however, as these observations accumulate, they lead to small, gradual changes that make my life better – steering me away from the stuff that doesn’t work and toward the stuff that does.
It’s not earth shattering, but it is profoundly useful. It fills me with gratitude for what I have and it gives me the confidence to choose and pursue the goals that matter most. That’s the journaling I’d like to share with you and I’d like to explore ways to share it more directly.
My experiment, which is really a hunch on my part, is to email you one super-simple journal prompt every weekday for two weeks. In week one, you’ll answer the same prompt every day. In week two, it will involve progressive prompts on the same subject. Simply send me a quick reply each day and at the end of the week, I’ll round up your replies in a lovely little PDF and send them back to you (and only you) with some additional prompt suggestions.
The idea is that each PDF will give you a week’s accumulation of data all in one place. My hope is that you’ll begin to see patterns or trends in your data, leading you to discover small, but mighty, tweaks to your daily routine or your personal pursuits that will make your life better.
UPDATE: Thanks so much for your interest! Unfortunately, I won't be able to accept any additional volunteers. I'll be sure to keep you posted about any future experiments. (ORIGINAL POST: If that sounds intriguing to you and you’d like to give it a try (at no cost to you), send me a quick message to let me know and I’ll follow up with a start date.)
Your journal is a safe and handy place to try to make sense of your experiences. Even if it seems like an impossible task, the value (and very often, unexpected insight) is in the trying. The better you understand yourself and your experiences, the more prepared you are to make decisions that move you forward.
So, what's one thing that makes sense to you and one thing that doesn't? (Yet.)
These prompts are my favourites -- the ones I don't have immediate answers for. At first I couldn't think of anything at all that I know how to fix, but then I remembered that I know how to fix the brightness in my photos. I also know how to fix curves that aren't quite right in Illustrator and words that aren't quite right in a paragraph . . . And suddenly there are all sorts of fixable things on my list.
I'm still learning how to fix recipes that don't turn out like the picture in the cookbook and things around the house that beep for no reason.
How about you? What do you know how to fix? What are you still learning how to fix?
Did you know that my 10-Minute journal printables in my shop are offered in four sizes? Letter, half letter, A4, and A5 planner size. This is an A5 set and I can't wait to dig in! Starting right there at the top, my first three things this morning were a bit of a mess. I woke up thinking about our family to-do list for this weekend (1), I freaked out a little bit (2), my husband urged me to pause for coffee and a bite to eat -- thank goodness (3), after which the to-do list magically felt much more manageable.
How about you? What are the first three things you did this morning?