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Meaningful Productivity | Journal to discover yourself

teacher avatar Julian Merten, Coach, Podcast Host, Psychologist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Why you should write into a journal

    • 2. Analog vs. Digital

    • 3. 1. Technique: Stream of Consciousness

    • 4. 2. Technique: Daily Goals | Gratitude | Motivation

    • 5. 3. Technique: Journaling Prompts

    • 6. Summary Journaling

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About This Class

In this class, you won't learn how to journal and make your notebook look pretty. Instead, you'll walk the path to self-discovery and will learn some techniques on how to go deeper to really get to know yourself.

I will explain to you:

  • Why I prefer an analogue over a digital journal
  • The stream of consciousness and how you can use it
  • How you can stay on your goals, be happy and motivated
  • What questions can help you to get to know yourself

Benefits of journaling:

  • Reduce stress
  • Solve problems more effectively
  • Resolve disagreements with others
  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings

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Julian Merten

Coach, Podcast Host, Psychologist


Hello, I'm Julian, coach, podcast host and psychologist who just loves the personal development and wants to help you to improve in your personal way as well. 

I created the podcast to ask remarkable and successful people which techniques they used to get there and their meaning behind their efforts. Since this seems to be one of the most important parts of succeeding in life (whatever that means for you) I want to focus on that.

The lectures I'm teaching you helped me to get further on my self-development path and that's what I hope they also help you.


This first class is about habits which is a substantial part of my daily life and helped me tremendously to accelerate on where I want to go. 

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1. Why you should write into a journal: Hey, why should you? Right into a journal and great to see you here. The importance off knowing yourself and being self aware, undoubtedly a skill in today's society. And I think you can do that already, and you have everything in you that need that it needs to get there. But this tool might give you a practical solution to use that skill, and this goes will teach you how to start journaling. But it also shows with holds some tips for advanced joining users when you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of this turbans going on around you. That's a quote by Steven Richard, and I felt it really was suited for this one and no for myself. Through a profound experience in Naples, in the monastery, exploring the depth of my own mind, I know or knew how important their awareness is for your thoughts and next to meditations. Journaling is just such an important tool that uncapped can help you with that. That's why I after that I continuously for months with writing into my journal every single day and had an enormous effective. But I'm not the only one saying this. So based on research, journaling or expressive writing is sometimes called is used, other s a therapeutic tool and can reduce stress, solve problems more effectively, resolve disagreements with others or clever for your thoughts and feelings. But most importantly, it helps to get to know yourself. And that's what this course is about. And as next, I'm going to show you some techniques that you can use to get the most out of your journaling experience. See you there. 2. Analog vs. Digital: we'll come back. So there's a question asked very often. And that's whether providing digitally or analog is better. And for my part, there's a huge difference in that. So I love writing it down on paper, since I can feel the emotions a lot more intense and have time while writing it down and to think also while writing it. So, at least for me, it is the case that I also come down a lot while our focus on the writing and writing down on paper rather than running on my laptop. Another huge thing for me is that I can turn off all other devices and focus completely on journaling rather than checking my phone or something else. Even though yeah, riding on laps hope can be more convenient. Sometimes my favorite is the handwritten journal, which is also, which also shows more mental health benefits than typing actually does. So it's obviously your choice on what you want to use. Their also benefits for digital, since it can be more convenient and keep you added, even if you don't like it, Andi, since the most important part is that you like it, choose the one that's basically most or more fun for you because it would be everything but a torture. Okay? And once this is sorted out, we can start with the actual fighting and the writing process off. Exploring yourself. See you in the next lecture. 3. 1. Technique: Stream of Consciousness: welcome back to the next class jointly. Now we'll talk about the stream of consciousness and how this can help you to get to know yourself. So a stream of consciousness. That's what William James called the constant thinking that's happening in every second in our brains. So there's no time when you're not thinking exactly this is what we're using now and trying to explore more in depth. First, you might think that your thoughts are ordinary. Probably other people would think that way. Well, that's actually not the case. You got a lot of unique thoughts in your hat, which some other people might never think about. But no, for this exercise enters, just start the whole process. Johnny, just start writing. Since they are thoughts all the time, you got something to start with, even if it doesn't seem like it is important. Also, if you don't think you have anything to write down, that's a valuable stolen right there, and still to start with that and other things will then emerge out of this. So why do this at all? And why is the stream of consciousness important? Well, good question. These are thought patterns. You have gotten through your experiences and are unique to you. So in order to get to know yourself better, right them down just by doing this many times that happened, that issue I had became super clear or that I even didn't want to think in a waste I did. So this is a great tool to observe and check your thoughts on whether you agree with them or you don't that might sound a bit schizophrenic, but it that's help, I promise. It's it's a good tool. So to really understand what I'm talking about, take out a beautiful piece of paper and start writing. Doesn't matter what for? No, and you should write it completely without Tuchman. Nobody will ever read this. If you don't want to, you can write down whatever you want, even if it sounds really ridiculous. So enjoy exploring your minds and see you in the next lecture. For some tips on how to improve your mood and improve the quality off your life with some simple access toe exercises related to journaling, Thanks for watching 4. 2. Technique: Daily Goals | Gratitude | Motivation: What do you stay focused on? Would grow Freud T. Bennett. Welcome to the next lecture and journaling. So this is what also can be used with a journal. Not only can you use it for inviting Donia thoughts or thought patterns and reflect on them , you can also intentionally guide your thoughts in a direction that is beneficial for you. What do I mean by this? So is right. Event. It actually said the things that you focus on Woodrow and the journaling is a great way to focus on your thoughts and on things that you think are important. So everybody experienced that during the day might be more difficult to control your thoughts or direct your thoughts. But at least once today, while you're journaling, you can have full control. But actually, how to do that? So I started usually for with this exercise for myself, with reflecting on their goals, I made myself for today and to check whether I chief them. How I did it felt about achieving them or not, and what to do differently Next time, As next, I go into the social aspect of my life. Swell. And I asked myself, Okay, How did they go? Um, how do you feel about it on what can do differently next time and it's next. Maybe one of the most important things is gratitude. So writing down a couple of things that I am personally regret for four and please know every day the same things, so switching up. And lastly, I use this as a tool to motivate myself. It's world keep myself positive and protective with proactive attitude towards my goal in the current situation I'm in. That might sound a bit awkward that I motivate myself for doing this, but it actually helps a lot when you say yourself the things that you actually want to hear from others on actually works almost in the same way. So you can try this until the backs lecture and then see you then for some journaling problems that will also help you to get even deeper in journaling and will discover mawr off your true self. Thanks for watching and see you the next lecture 5. 3. Technique: Journaling Prompts: welcome back to the last election. Meaningful opportunity about Jonathan's. So even though the techniques and mentioned are quite helpful, can be monotonous if you do them every day, and especially when your day is largely the same. So it makes everything up and get even more into depth. I suggest to use some generally problems, so these prompts are helping you to think in new ways and create more death. Doing your journaling sessions can be sometimes, like my favorite way to spend my day is. Or if I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say would be, and you just fill in the blank on your answer. Those so a long list with all prompts or a lot off from Trump's are in descriptions that just don't know. Download on used them like one per day in your journaling sessions. What I also do myself is something that I watch lecture by Alan Watts, and right afterwards I don't know what I think about it and what's going on in my hat. It's divided to wrong and just what does that mean? For example to me, that also really helps a lot to do get more into depth and know yourself looks better. So, yeah, Thank you for watching this lecture again. I hope you don't right now. The problems for the next drawing session and see you in the next lecture because it's a short summary and some helpful things to get even more this year. There on Thanks for watching. 6. Summary Journaling: so wrapping everything up, this course gave you some tools to get to know yourself better with the means off. Generally, to start easy, use your natural stream of consciousness on observe it, then integrate gratitude, motivation Andi Reflection off the previous day. And if you really want to go deep on that, you some of the prompts and the pdf I sent you to Donald or just listen to some Eleana what's and start wondering about what he said. So now, if you still want to go a lot deeper into your mind, I'm really happy to help you and give you some guidance on the journey off your self discovery. And if you feel like I'm the right person, can just reach out to me by email, the ambitious love for contact mused through social media, you can find all the links in my profile, and I would also be super happy if you leave a review so I can improve the lecture I'm doing and give you even better content next time. So thanks for watching and hope to see you again.