Is Business Journaling the best tool for 2019? –journaling for business success
‘Plan it Now ‘Quit the burnout business and become a creative entrepreneur’ part 2
Heard of Business Journaling, but not sure what it is or how it could help your business?
In Part 2 of the ‘How to avoid burnout…as an entrepreneur ‘ series, we’re exploring Business Journaling.
What is Business Journaling, how it can help you in your business and why does my book ‘Plan It Now’ include journaling prompts at the end of each chapter?
What is Journaling?
Journaling is a process of writing your ideas, thoughts & feelings down, onto paper, often in a notebook or Journal, the process of writing your ideas down, provides an opportunity for you to understand them more clearly, helping you group ideas as well as allowing space for new ideas to unfold.
All my favourite music teachers always reminded us to carry notebooks or dictaphones to log our ideas, to keep a notebook with us when traveling, just in case we hear something interesting and to have a notebook next to our bed as ‘often great ideas come to us when within the first 1 hour of being awake’.
These practices while they were mainly shared as tips for improving our songwriting, these creative principles work across the board when it comes to receiving inspiration and allowing it to develop into something that could be useful.
Have you got Many…Many Ideas
It’s easy to have thousands of thoughts within us, ideas of things we can do in our business, ideas on how we can approach areas within our business with creativity and ease, but these breakthroughs often stay unknown, until we start writing them down.
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
Francis Bacon, Sr.
3 reasons why Journaling can help your business thrive:
- It gives your mind space — when you have an idea that doesn’t make its way out of your mind and onto paper, it can struggle to go anywhere, it can use up space in your mind (which does need space to breath) which can result in a decrease in overall productivity. Writing your ideas down can allow them to take shape, grow and expand.
- Monitor your Journey — At some point, you may want to reflect on the great things that have happened in your business, Tony Robbins said ‘Long ago, I realised that success leaves clues and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results.’ while he may have been referring to watching the success of others, what If you can look back at your own journal and see clearly what worked in the past for your own business. You’ll read how you felt at that time, who you were surrounded by and what you did, right there you’ll have a blueprint for recreating the environment that could allow that situation to reoccur.
- Clarity & Exposure — Sometimes you can have a great idea in your head but once you start to write it down you can see visually how different ideas can support the overall vision, or it can expose how the idea you have may not be the best thing to do. This is why in ‘Plan it Now! Quit the Burnout Business and Become a Creative Entrepreneur’ there’s an emphasis on Journaling first, to help you get clarity then summarising to sticky notes so you can expose how your business plans fit together — you’ll see your plans come to life on one page.