Let’s Just Do It. Tips for Passionate Practitioners and Coaches To Get Their Businesses Back on Track — Get Creative with Your Journaling!
This is a series for coaches and therapists who are passionate about their work and their clients but struggling to find a way to make things work post-Covid as clients melt away and money becomes an issue for most people.
Journaling is an effective way to document your hopes and dreams for your business and your personal life and that is a very useful thing to be doing right now as you work out your game plan to stability again.
Many people cringe at the idea of putting their thoughts down on paper. Some equate all journaling with keeping a diary and they don’t want to revert back to their 10-year-old self. Others worry about keeping a journal secret or prevent themselves from being honest and vulnerable for fear that others will read their words. But with a My Business Ideas Journal it doesn’t need to be like that. Journals are used for many purposes — one of them is therapeutic where you would want to keep what you write private. Another is creative journalling and that is what this would be.
So don’t talk yourself out of experiencing the power of journalling; the benefits are really tangible. It helps you get clear, toy with ideas, discard bits, tweak, play around and let yourself explore what you really, really want. Then it helps you plan to get it.
Like anything else in life, you need to find a form of journalling that works for you and that you enjoy doing; otherwise you won’t incorporate the habit into your daily routine and will miss out on its many benefits.
Benefits of Business Ideas Journalling
The biggest benefit of journalling is to dump all your ideas and dreams onto paper so your mind remains clear and ready to focus on your action steps. If you want to achieve your goals and dreams, taking action is mandatory but it’s very easy to get lost in distractions if you don’t journal and create an action plan based on what you have really explored and know that you want.
Another benefit to journalling is the ability to revisit older entries and compare them with where you are today in your business. Did those older ideas come to fruition? Did they morph into an even better idea? Did you follow through on action steps to reach those goals or milestones? Use these older entries as a reminder to revisit ideas or to learn more about yourself and your motivation. It is a great goal tracker.
If you’re not into writing pages and pages of notes, bullet journalling is a quick alternative. The idea is to write simple bullet notes that are a combination of a to-do list, a diary, and list of upcoming events. Part of the appeal of bullet journalling is creating your own journal with your own handwriting, bright ink colours, doodles, and unique pages that will serve your needs. It is a really creative way to use journalling that makes your Journal unique and very very true to you and your style. It gives structure with a great deal of freedom and becomes a place to capture your thoughts, build your vision and plan your action. In fact in many ways it is a vision boarding workshop you visit regularly for short periods!
In addition to business visions and action plans, some people find it useful to include gratitude lists and workout schedules.
If you’re a born talker and get stumped every time you see a blank piece of paper, create a audio journal using your smartphone. Record voice messages about your day, your plans, and your dreams or record videos with those same thoughts. Transfer these recordings to a service like Dropbox to free up storage space on your phone.
Or create a mixed media Journal which is pretty much a scrapbook under another name! You doodle, stick in photographs, make style boards, mess about with colours and different types of media and use a fixative to secure things. Just like the old days with your scrapbook! Or jump onto Pinterest and create your boards there. The only thing to remember is to date and number the boards so you have some kind of way to track them as well as by category.
Take a blank piece of paper — or open up a Word document — and just start writing ALL the things that are occupying your mind. Include business decisions that must be made, projects or goals you want to achieve, as well as personal items or errands to remember. There’s no thinking allowed while doing this; don’t judge if an idea is crazy or silly, just write it down.
After you complete your list, add these items to your calendar or delegate some of these tasks to your virtual assistant. If multiple items fall under the same general heading, block out some time to complete them all at once. Ignore the phone during these time blocks so you can focus your attention completely.
Not so much a Journal as you can toss the document once you’ve written and actioned what you want to action. But that ‘dumping and tossing’ in itself is hugely liberating as you get productive and free yourself from any fears.
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