Slug: 5-minute-journal Location: Home Authors: Michiel Scholten Category: life Tags: life Status: draft Summary: I'm keeping a journal, was helped with this method and it makes me feel better about my life
I was thinking about keeping track of things happening in my life a bit, and I was not feeling really happy with the amount of energy I was able to muster in my daily life. Part of that was because of being a parent of young kids, part of it maybe just restlessness in general. Whatever the exact reasons, I liked the idea of forcing myself to think about the good things that happened to me in a day.
I adapted the ideas of the Five minute Journal to an electronic format that looks like this:
## 20180205 Maandag Ik ben dankbaar voor Wat zou vandaag goed maken? Dagelijkse bevestiging. Ik ben Drie geweldige dingen die vandaag gebeurd zijn: 1) 2) 3) Hoe had ik vandaag beter kunnen maken? > Food: Weer:
I write this in Dutch, but it has the same questions as the English original: 'what am I thankful for', 'what would make this day', 'daily affirmation, I'm...' for the start of the day, then a list of three good things that happened today, to be filled in at the end of day, and a question about how I could have made the day better.
I added a 'food' and 'weather' line, just to keep track of the little things in life.
After this pre-formatted piece, I can write some free-form things about what happened that day.