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Keeping a Daily Journal - Habit of Successful People

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12 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Course Trailer - Why journaling?

    • 2. Welcome and Introduction

    • 3. Course Overview - Hands-on Learning

    • 4. Why keep a journal? History & Wisdom

    • 5. 3 Big Benefits of Keeping a Journal

    • 6. Focusing on YOU - Goals and Motivations for Keeping a Journal

    • 7. Guide to Identifying your "Why", Goals, and Motivations for Journal Keeping

    • 8. Step 1 of 5 - Overview of the Daily Journal Entries

    • 9. Step 2 of 5 - Writing Empowering Daily Quotes

    • 10. Step 3 of 5 - How to be Thankful Grateful, Affirmations, and Improving

    • 11. Step 4 of 5 - Write Goals that Move You!

    • 12. Step 5 of 5 - Evaluate How You Did and Repeat

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World's #1 Daily Journaling Course | 30,000+ Students | 4.5 Stars from


Did you know that MOST successful people like Einstein, Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton (and many more) kept a journal? Also, that journal keeping could be the most disciplined and consistent way to bring improvements in your personal or professional life? 

So, stop chasing another hack, tip, or another self-help book. Instead try to develop this proven habit of successful people - keeping a daily journal.


Do you know that by NOT having a daily  you are compromising your health, wealth, happiness, unrealized potential, and altogether your finite life? Your brain needs a companion (your journal) so that it can articulate itself.

So why don't we all have a  journal? Well, as I learned the hard way, journaling is a skill and a habit to be developed ...which is why I created this course to help you get started right now.

My name is Jay, I have been keeping a daily journal for past 10+ Years and this course will teach you how I used it to get high-grades, scholars, startup companies, create this course and get smarter about doing important things!

What if you were capable of so much more? What if you had untapped potential? What if you could tap into that potential just by focusing on your daily journals? What if instead of watching TV, playing video games, drinking soda and surfing the internet you decided to work on journaling that could transform your life and make you a success?

How would it feel to finally set your own goals and gain control of your life, to start successfully achieving those goals, to improve every area of your life including your health and fitness, your mental and spiritual well-being, your relationships with your family and/or partner, your personal development and your financial situation?

This course will teach you how to use the journal to identify your goals and then get you focusing on all the right habits to help you achieve those takes just 10 minutes of journaling. Are you willing to trade 10 minutes of your time for the life you want?

The only thing you need to be is motivated and committed to giving the course 100% effort. When you do this you'll realize than every goal is achievable and everything you want in life is attainable.



  • Short Actionable Videos¬†- so you can get started as soon as possible.¬†

  • PDF Guide to Daily Journals¬†- Template, tips, and instructions to get you started with the daily journals.

  • Community (New!)¬†- Join the exclusive facebook group dedicated to helping, encouraging, and support each other!

  • Friend¬†- coaching and feedback along the way to help you get there!



  • Learn the skill of keeping a journal

  • Get organized about your goals and task with a journal

  • Get clarity on mental thoughts and self-reflect

  • Increase your self-awareness to enhance your life

  • Make educated and good decisions in the present for your future

  • Learn from the journals of successful people like Einstein, Thomas Edison etc.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is meant for anyone who realizes the value of investing in themselves. It could be your best investment. I am here to help you.

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Jawwad Siddiqui

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"On a mission to practise and teach the habit of keeping a journal"

Hi! I am Jawwad. I am the founder of JournalingHabit - a community dedicated to keeping a journal.

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1. Course Trailer - Why journaling?: Welcome to the journaling habit course, where you will learn the proven skill of keeping a journal to make personal and professional improvements in your life. My name is Jay and I'm the founder of journaling I had been learning and practicing the skill of keeping a journal for past decade. In that time, I have studied from the journals of successful people like Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Isaac Newton from those learnings that have been able to make improvements in my life as a student, get scholarships, get higher grades, and later on as an adult, start companies or even create this course. Today I'm excited to share those learnings and tips with you so you can make improvement in your life as well. I designed this course for anyone who is looking for a proven and consistent way to make improvements in their life, stopped chasing another hack and other self-help book or another tip that will fix all your lifestyle issues. Discipline that journaling is a proven way to make small but consistent improvements in your life. By the end of this course, you will be able to use the skill of journaling to get over obstacles, accomplish your goals, and not be stuck in a situation where you haven't made progress in your life. The course is designed to be hands-on. So get your pen and journal or paper or notebook ready so you can follow along and journal as you learn. Along the way, I will also give you templates and guidelines to make this process of learning how to journal easier for you. This hands-on way will help you realize the value of keeping a journal. As you take the course, you will be journaling alongside myself. So you have a few journal entries before you start journalling on your own. This course is suited for anyone who wants an introductory course on how to adopt the habit of journal keeping to improve their personal and professional life. There is no requirement for the course, but I encourage you to come with an open mind because developing a new habit takes some time and Hugh and I encourage you to look at the table of contents, the course description, and one of the many satisfied testimonials and reviews I hope to teach you and I hope to see you in the n-side. Thank you. 8. Step 1 of 5 - Overview of the Daily Journal Entries: Okay, welcome back. Hopefully by now you have completed your exercise on identifying your Soul, which is the author of the journal. You know your motivations, you know where it will help you get there. You know what will happen if he don't follow through and your life will change or not change. So with all of that front-and-center, I want you to keep that in mind because that's going to be your fuel as we go through the Daily Journal tablet. Also, please grab a pen and a paper. Any journal, any papers, fine. And try to actually do what I'm teaching you her. In other words, try to complete a journal entry as I'm teaching you about these journals. Because the key is to just get started and improve it over time. So the first thing, first, I'm gonna go over the whole template and then we're gonna get into the specifics maybe in the next video. So the first part is the daily quote. Daily quota essentially gives you not only the inspiration, but it is essentially, it packs a whole lot of lessons in just a few sentences. And if you know the author of the quote, it's even better to write that code because you have a personal attachment with the author. And you know the other story as well as you know where, you know where the court is coming from. The next part is this is called the five-minute journal entry. And this is really there to psychologically make you appreciate things in your life because we usually don't go back in, appreciate the small things that had been. It allows you to have daily affirmations. Affirmations are something that you remind yourself of that here, this is my purpose, this is my values, this is how I operate. And then it allows you to capture good things about your life and even the things you want to improve in a way where it maximize your daily satisfaction. Because if your daily satisfied, those daily satisfaction is going to accumulate to bigger goals and bigger accomplishments later down the road. So it's really important. This section is one of my favorite sections and a completed every day in the morning. So in the morning I wake up, I read the Daily quote, I read the five-minute journal entry, I rate my goals and then it gets started and the rest of the journalists filled as they go throughout the day. So now for the next section is called outcome goals for the day. And the reason it's called outcome goals, I'm gonna get into that later. It's not really about what you wanna do. It's more about what you want to accomplish at last party or if you have other nodes where, for example, something you noticed about the day, some quick tasks that as you know, buy milk, bread, other things that are just task not really outcome goals. You can write them in the other node section, which is, which is right here. And then you will also see a target completion time which is right in front of your outcome goals. This is actually really key. You should write down how long is it going to take you to complete something. So for example, here I've written two, it's gonna take me two pomodoros. Pomodoros essentially, it will take me 25 plus 2550 minutes, and I should be done by a doneness in 15 minutes. And then I move onto the next turn next task. At the end of the day, this is before sleeping, you do a quick productivity score, you analyze your day. Okie Howard, they go, what did I do? What did I didn't do? And you do this by asking yourself six trigger questions. These six trigger questions are actually very important to ask yourself at the end of the day. Because they help you identify if your beliefs and behaviors are aligning. The fact of the matter is most of us want to get better in shape, get, get better in our careers. You have a good relationship, be better with our choices, have more time. But very few of us have the behavior to support our beliefs and wishes. So this helps you do that. And I just want to highlight that all of this process should take you roughly. I mean, I spend less than ten to 15 minutes in total in a day to write in my journal. And that's almost nothing. But just to keep in mind, don't get overwhelmed. This is something you do very quickly and once you get into the habit, it's gonna be a lot, a lot easier. So in the next video, we'll get into the hollywood your quote and how to break the each part of the journal. So I'll see you then. 9. Step 2 of 5 - Writing Empowering Daily Quotes: Okay, so let's get into the first part of our journal, which is the daily quotes part. And we do this first thing in the morning when you wake up before you go to work, before you do any other rituals, are usually do this as the first thing I do in the morning. And this is how you do it. You don't, selecting any chord is easy because the whole web is bombarded with quotes. But you have to keep in mind the quotes to select a good quote. It has to follow two criteria, and I follow these two criteria's myself. The courts must resonate with me. In other words, I must resonate with the context, with the author. And the way I do that is you must know the author of the quote. Now you may be thinking, well, I don't really know many authors. The best example to start from is start from your family, your parents, your grandparents, they have taught you values or div, giving you quotes that you can write down To remind yourself about how you should conduct that day. For example, in the early, in the early years I used to radon cause from my father, my mother, my mentors, my teachers, because there were the closest to me, they gave me personalized recommendation and they're quote would be powerful for me to write before I begin the day because they know my abilities better than maybe when I don't or when I don't have confidence in myself. So write ideally quote on someone you know about and something that resonates with you. And just for your information, this is how I do it. Now I have an Evernote document in which I have quote, saved over like four or five years, I just go into it. I select a quote in our age down. For example, you know, if I wake up in the morning, my heroes, which is I have a hero journal. You can look into it if you want to on my blog. But I will go into my hero journal, look at my heroes and say, okay, which one do I want? Which point do I want for today? So for example, this is day before yesterday, I choose someone from the Navy Seals And this was okay under pressure, you don't rise to the occasion you sync to the level of your training. And that's why we trained so hard. So the good thing about here is, I know the author, I know the navy seals, so I, this resonates with me and FA already down. I'm gonna be able to hold myself to accountable to this court as they go through the day. Okay. So that's how you write the daily quotes. In the next video, I'm gonna get into how to do the five-minute journal, which will allow you to maximize your satisfaction and notice small things on a day-to-day basis that will ensure you, you feel fulfilled, meaningful, and progressing towards your goals. 10. Step 3 of 5 - How to be Thankful Grateful, Affirmations, and Improving: All right. So we're done the court's part. We're now going to get into the five-minute journal entry. This is the entry that tells you to appreciate small things on a day-to-day basis. Remind yourself what your values are, how you're going to operate regardless of, let's say a setback or good times are bad times and what you will do to improve yourself. Baby steps every single day. So let's get into that and I will explain you how it goes. So the five-minute journal is composed of three separate things. Actually four separate things. You can see it here I, you are irradiated using small abbreviations. So the way I start is I say three things I'm grateful for. So take three things I'm grateful for. I would write it. For example, I'm gonna do a sample entry with you. I will do it for today. So today, for example, something ungrateful for millimeters zoom in so you can see clearly, first thing, ungrateful forest to the first. So under three things you have to write three things. First thing has to be first thing has to be a person. That has to be a person, people's flesh of person, and preferably like an old person, not someone really new. So you can appreciate them. So for example, I have a buddy named Jim. He has been my mentor for a long period of time and I will they'd appreciate Jim as a mentor because he has been in my life for three years. Jim as a mentor. So I will this is exactly what I would write in my journal. I will read Jim, being a mentor. Right? You know, you don't have to read the whole story, but if you just write the name and write the gist of it, you can understand that. And now the second thing, as I've been the person is you have to write the one thing that you really appreciated yesterday or today, like something nice that really happened, or something around you that you really truly appreciate. Rain, something small that you won't notice on a day-to-day basis. For example, something that comes to mind is, for example, yesterday when I was on the train, I helped someone who spilled their coffee. I gave them a napkin, Sumner eight things like okay. So you're packing wires. They can appreciate small things or events. So I would write helping lady with coffee spill. And the last one is actually a boat, an opportunity that you have today that you, that you may overlook or don't want really appreciate rate, for example, opportunity you'd have today. So for example, something there road this morning is my my opportunity. I have to opportunity I have to maximize my health. I'm I'm I'm 23 years old. I had the opportunity to maximize mHealth. Take good care of my diet, take good care of my exercise like in write that down. So that is 0 for, that's the first part through things you're grateful for. Now, you know, three things, three daily affirmations. These are things that remain constant, day-to-day basis, but you remind yourself, what is your daily affirmation? For example, some of my daily affirmations are I'm totally committed. In other words, every day regardless of the task at hand, I'm going to get up and I'm going to get the work done. And regardless of how difficult that guess, I'm compassionate. In other words, you know, viewed or you can't be a mean bar. So you can't be a mean friend. You have to have compassion so you understand the other person. And the last one is unfocused. So if a task at hand needs to get done, I'm gonna be focused, I'm gonna get it done, and I won't get distracted. Again, this doesn't mean that I'm superhuman, I'm all always focused, but at least remind yourself that these are my affirmations that old tried to live by them as much as I can. And then these are the two things that you actually need. Two things you actually fill up at the end of the day. So these, these, these two you fill up at the beginning of the day. So startled a startup day, not date, day. And this one is startup day to start. This one is and, and the, and this one is end of day. Okay. So let's pretend I came, I was at the end of the day, I would write three thing, amazing things that happened today. I would say my old friend met an old friend at the gym, helped my appearance with food and dishes and something even like. The goal of this part is really to appreciate small things that happen everyday. You can't expect yourself to, let's say, become, become a super-human everyday, is that once you start appreciating the small things, you realize that there's something to appreciate about every single day. Sometimes you may not have all three. Well, even if it's one or two will just write them down. But I've noticed if you really try to find it, there is always more than three things to appreciate in a day. So man and old friend helped zone at the gym and you know, called called the friend to wish happy birthday. That's something actuated. Happy birthday yesterday. And three things to do better tomorrow. This is usually, you know, if you notice something throughout the day that I'm not focusing properly, you again say not to browse Facebook, not to browse Facebook. And knowing annoying Gilead. Not to eat on time, on time and things like that so quickly, you able, you know, you quickly jot these things down in your daily journal. And by completing this section, the first two ones in the morning, you really get into a good mindset. And at night, actually, you know what, I don't want to have this red because red usually symbolizes something evil. So I'm gonna make this book. So once you do the first two, these two parts in the morning, you get yourself into a positive mindset. Once you do these two things afterwards, you appreciate the day and you do this day in and day out. You'll realize you appreciate every single day. And you know, you're psychologically optimized to do the best thing that they are possible. And regardless of how sheerly a crappy that David might have been, you always find something to appreciate from it. So that's the five-minute deal. Daily Journal apart. And then the next one we're going to get into harvest set the outcome goals. So I'll see you in the next video. 11. Step 4 of 5 - Write Goals that Move You!: Okay. So we're done. The Daily Court barred were done the five-minute journal entry. Now let's get into the outcome goals. Outcome goals are essentially what you want to accomplish, not necessarily what you want to do. For example, let me give you an example. If you want to send someone an email, let's say you want to send Jim and email. That is really a task. But what are you trying to accomplish with their email, for example? You want Jim to tell you yes or no for a project that you want him to complete, that is really the outcome rate. So once you wake, they're done. Okay. I want him to tell me yes or no, then you can come up with ways to get that yes or no faster than an email, for example, you may realize if I just give him a call and ask him, I may get done earlier or if I just go and visit him while I'm buying milk for the day, I can just tell him to do that or get an answer then. So in other words, the goal is to watch you want to do not necessarily the tasks are focused on the outcome, not the task. And this part is, this part. Sampled journal entry for this one is usually looks like this. So first you, first, you specify the first you see the outcome. So let's say outcome, outcome. Then the second part is purpose. Purpose is actually a key. I'm going to go into it, lie. And then the third, third part is just the flame, like you know exactly what you're gonna do. So if you take the example of Jim, outcome is I want I want to know yes or no if Jim is available to help me on project x or let's just say that that is the outcome. And the purpose is something that is very key. That should be why do you wanna do this? And this should be something that truly speaks to you, speaks to you in a purpose debt. What will this mean if it gets done, right? So the purpose for me as I give, a purpose for me as it will help me, it will help me finish the project, which is tied to my career success. So you just have added a lot more meaning to getting that outcome done. And once you have that purpose in mind, you are a lot more motivated to get that outcome or that plan done. So again, here you may decide you will care, you know what, I'm going to email him, email him or call him or even visit him. So whatever you decide, I you can just write it here and get it done. So that goal again here is focused on the outcome, then the purpose, and then go to the plan. So here I have a quick exercise for you to come up with the Km over the outcome purpose and the plan. So you can read all of these and you can come up with your outcome, purpose, and plan for each for each of you today, I tried to get almost, lets say two to three or maximum for outcomes don't each day because if you focus on outcomes, you can get a lot done on a typical day. And last part of setting outcomes or goals is the time constraint. That is really the start time and the end time because usually you set goals, but we don't, we don't know when to accomplish them. Once you set yourself a time constraint, you can say, okay, so i, i must know there's within next ten minutes or 20 minutes and you have to get it under that time period. And it's a really good motivator and a really good way to reproductive. Okay, so in this section we covered the outcome goals. We covered why it's important to focus on the outcome, knowing the purpose, and then coming to the plan as to why you want, how you want to accomplish this in why I encourage you to go to the exercise to car whether you own outcome plan and purpose. And I will include all of these templates in the resources for this section. So in the next part we're gonna get into the productivity score and you're triggered questions. So I'll see you in the next video. 12. Step 5 of 5 - Evaluate How You Did and Repeat: Okay, so congrats, you're almost done learning the Daily Journal template. The last part we're going to cover is the other node section and which is right here are their notes and we're going to cover these two together, productivity score and the strict six trigger questions. So the other nodes is the part where things that you didn't plan for the day come. For example, when someone else tells you, hey, you get this done, your mom told you grab milk, your friends, your family, your kid, your wife, or your girlfriend, your boyfriend, anyone who expect something from you. This is where you write those things down. Okay, do this task, do this. Or for example, if you know, open your email and you realize you have to do some other things, you write those things there. And it's important for you to write them there because you know what I usually do. I go back after a day or two and see how much of the things that I was supposed to do that day and how many of the things just came onto my plate. Right. And this allows you to kind of reflect and say, okay, am I getting the right priority, priority work done? Or am I getting more off like other people to work done and not taking time to do important things. So that is the other notes section part. Now we're gonna get into the productivity score in the sixth trigger questions. So actually the sixth trigger questions are very key. They allow you to, allow you to, at the end of the day, do a critique on yourself about if you were actually doing the actions and the behavior that you wanted to do. For example, we all wanted to have a really productive there. But if you didn't spend time to get work done, then your behavior is not aligning with your beliefs. And the goal here is to keep doing this on a day-to-day basis. So you just even if you're not dedicating time to let say, accomplishing your goals are what you write down in your journal. You are aware of it. Rate, again, the goal here, even with me was not to become superhuman from day one and answer all of these questions. Yeah, I'm doing my best to set clear goals. I'm doing my best to do this or that the goal is to be answering these questions regardless of how productive or unproductive your day maybe. So this is how we would typically go for me. So at the end of the day, I would go and ask myself these questions. I usually talk out loud, so I'm just gonna do the exact same thing here. I would say, okay, Joelle, So did I do my best to set clear goals. Okay. And I would read myself out of one to ten. Okay. So I will I will look at my journal. I will see you. Were my balls very clear and I did it did I accomplish them? And I usually do this around nine PM, which is the end of the day for a week. And I look at it, okay. Alright, so I set clear goals. I would rank myself maybe six out of ten. And I was focusing on what what I want, not necessarily what I should do. And then I would go to the next question. The key part is really to ask yourself, did I do my best? Because you're always, always wanting to improve. We always wanting to get better. So once you ask yourself these things, you get into the mindset of self-improvement. Always improving, always asking more of yourself. Then I would ask the next question. Did I do my best to make progress towards goal achievement? Yes, I did. I accomplished three out of the four goals that I wrote down. I accomplish them before my deadline and within the time period I had. And then I would go to the next question. So this this part would take me quickly, maybe 32, maybe a minute or two of your self-analysis. And then I would give myself a productivity score after I've answered all of these six triggered questions. So these, this doesn't have to be like super perfect. But usually if you give your self seven out of ten, that means you had a super super productive DAY. I haven't given myself tenant of ten in 5-years. Well, I only started doing this last year, but I still haven't given myself ten out of ten because I don't want to tell myself that there is something as such a day, as a perfect day. There's always ways you can improve yourself. So again, that is the part, that is how you conclude your daily journal and congratulations now you have learned the whole template of the daily journal. How to start your day with a quote to the five-minute journal entry, the outcomes, which is right here, the target completion time. The target completion times, as well as other notes and productivity section just done in below. So I want to congratulate you and hopefully I want you to get a pen and a paper and do a journal entry for today and then watch the remaining videos. There may be some bonuses, there may be some more tips that might include later on, so all the best, please keep me posted. Give me any feedback you have. Ask any questions. I'm more than happy to help and I'm excited to have tied to this and I'm excited to see how you use this to Excel Your Life and overcome your goal than obstacles to get to where you want to get to. Thank you and goodbye.