My typical “journaling” consists of to-do lists, plans, and random thoughts, not so much a chronicling of the day.
But recently, something changed.
My friend Brenda got me listening to the Dream Big podcast by Bill Goff. If you look at his website, he has a free downloadable pdf with questions for guided journaling.
I liked the questions, so I copied them into a Google Form. This has been extremely productive for me!
I can easily access it daily. Now I go to my Google Form link and fill it out in less than five minutes. Everything goes into a spreadsheet I can review later.
(Below is just a smattering of a sample.)
Some days I’ll fill it out two or three times, as I remember new things to write. Other days I forget to complete it.
I’m finding there are a few certain questions I answer regularly and others I answer less often.
Now that I’ve had some time to test out this process, I may change up some of the questions to match the flow of my life.
Filling out this form is a dopamine hit. It feels good to empty my mind.
It’s also a way to check in with myself and keep moving toward goals and uncovering deep-seated thoughts and ambitions that need more attention.
I highly recommend this Google Form method of journaling because:
- You don’t have to carry around a notebook or paper
- You don’t have to rely on a mishmash of unorganized notes in your phone
- You have prompts that crush any writer’s block and that pull out a range of facts and emotions.
- You can put a reminder in your phone and do this once or twice a day.
- The process is simple: click the form link and take 5 minutes to answer the questions. Let your stream of consciousness flow.
The benefits are:
- You’ll chronicle events and thoughts that would otherwise be forgotten.
- Your self-awareness will go up.
- You’ll uncover little or big things that may be bothering you.
- You’ll subconsciously trigger more frequent actions toward your desires and ambitions.
There was a time I didn’t schedule regular reflection time in my life, and I realized the lack of white space and reflection made me die a little inside every day.
It doesn’t matter how you reflect. It could be this quick and easy guided journaling form method, or it could be something else. This is only one of a few other methods I’ve baked into my life.
Designing reflection into my life has been a way to meet my inner needs, to feel alive, and to keep moving toward my vision and goals.
Consider the Google Form technique, and let me know what you think!