Quiet Down, Monkey Brain!

In a recent Tim Ferriss podcast, his discusses with his guest, Blake Mycoskie, journaling everyday before they start their day and as they are ready to end it. Journaling is a long held practice by successful people and it can serve multiple purposes. It can be used for goal setting, for tracking business progress, for focussing your day, or even tracking your moods. In this episode of the podcast, Tim refers to author Julia Cameron and her association to journaling as spiritual windshield wipers, especially when done as the start to your day.

I often find myself in a place of unfocussed divagation. I’ve wandered from the tasks I am supposed to be doing or that are important to the goals I’ve set and been whisked away by the tornado of everyday minutia that can so easily distract from the more difficult or mundane tasks. Journaling and meditating in the morning can remove the fog from your head and clear your path for the day, allowing you to, as Tim recommends, find the two most important things and do those first. This sounds like something I need to improve on.

You know that feeling when you slide between a clean set of sheets after taking a long, relaxing shower? Journaling in the evening is like doing that for the mind. Putting those thoughts on paper, or in my case into my computer, gets them out of my head. Furthermore, it allows me to identify the truly important things that happened during the day, reflect on the ones that didn’t go so well, and clean my slate, ready to start fresh tomorrow. No more tossing and turning at night while my mind jumps sporadically from thought to thought. At least that’s the idea.

So this is my first attempt and a morning and evening journal. Maybe if I give it a name it will help it stick. #WakeNBreak has a nice ring to it. I’ll post as many as I can to the website, but some of these are just for me.

Tomorrow’s priority #1: journal. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.