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Morning Journaling: Six Prompts for Daily Productivity And Gratitude

Austin Chan, Product Designer and Content Creator

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9 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:34
    • 2. Journal Prompt #1

      2:36
    • 3. Journal Prompt #2

      2:50
    • 4. Journal Prompt #3

      3:31
    • 5. Journal Prompt #4

      3:51
    • 6. Journal Prompt #5

      5:35
    • 7. Journal Prompt #6

      2:14
    • 8. Conclusion

      7:35
    • 9. Class Project

      1:19

About This Class

Use this course as a catalyst towards optimizing productivity, gratitude, and focus towards your goals through a morning journaling. 

Grab a paper and improve your life with this simple morning journal, in this class we include prompts to help you improve yourself on a daily basis. Through six simple journal prompts, you'll see yourself making the most of every day, creating valuable entries, and shifting your mindset to a more positive light. 

Join the class as you will learn how to:

  • See how self-awareness plays a role in your daily schedule
  • Develop structure within your day 
  • Build a sustainable habit of journaling

By the end of the class, we include a sample entry to what the morning routine journal should look like. 

The prompts included in this class are to help anyone start on their habit towards journaling. Simple, yet effective questions to provide unique perspectives for your own life. This class is for anyone who is interested in introducing the world of journaling into their schedule. 

We were all meant to work at our best, every single day. Use the lessons from this course to discover how you can reveal your best you, simply from journaling in the morning for a couple of minutes. 

Transcripts

1. Introduction : How's it going? And welcome to the morning routine journaling course. My name is Austin, and I'm going to be the instructor for this course Now. The reason why I created a course like this was on skill share. I realized that although there were a lot of journaling courses itself, I didn't feel like there's a big emphasis on morning journaling, which is something so important to being able to really hone into what you are planning to do in a day and really capturing your thoughts towards having a productive morning. And I'm not sure who said it, but it is if you can win the first hour of your day than you win the day altogether because go something along the lines of that. Anyways, I wanted to build a course like this to really hone in to being able to get gratitude and also productivity honed into one chorus in mourning journaling. So when it comes to actually what you require for a course like this, the first, of course, it's a journaling course, preferably a journal. You don't need to go out and buy one really learn the scope of what this course is about And if you find a need to buy a journal, I would highly recommend getting a mole skin, a five journal hardcover or a Luke term 1917 journal. Those are the twos that the two that I use and also pairing it with a pencil or a gel pen. Those are my combinations that work best. Now this courses for anyone who's interested in creating a habit within journaling. And this doesn't need to be that you journal every single minute of your day, but rather just the morning. And eventually, once you get the habit, you can introduce it to the Night Journal as well. And being able to really hone into what is important to you every single day and getting your productivity skyrocketing through this journaling so threat this course. What you can expect are there are going to be around eight videos in total, and every single video is gonna be covering a different prompt in how you should structure your journal. And ultimately I've been doing a lot of research, and I found that these are some of the best problems for happiness, satisfaction, gratitude and ultimately being able to zero into your productivity every single day, so every single video is going to be one topic covering a prompt from the research that I've done. This is your first time journaling out highly recommend going on Google and searching up benefits of journaling. You'll be absolutely blown away with the benefits that you can receive from simply journaling 5 to 10 minutes every single day that you enjoyed this video and hopefully I'll see you in the class below. 2. Journal Prompt #1: so the first problem would be a daily quote and a daily quote. Whatever floats your boat. For me, it is motivational quotes for you. It could be through problems. It could be through successful knowledge. Successful people was stowing their knowledge upon everyone else through the quotes that they give. Whatever it may be, it should be a quote that resonates with you every single day could be a happiness quota satisfaction quote something that you read and really truly resonates with you. So what I would recommend is, as you start off this daily journaling, you confined either an online app on your phone or through your website. Search up daily quotes, and what you do is you would prep a bank at the back of your journal and spending 10 to 20 minutes just writing down a couple of motivational or quotes for yourself, then taking these quotes every single day, looking through them and picking one that's right for the day and putting it at the top of your journal for the days to go. When you actually write something down, its has a different effect than simply just reading it on your screen or on paper, so I would highly highly recommend taking the quote and writing it down at the top of your page because then you'll be able to remember it more easily. And when it comes to difficult times in your own life, you can start off with something positive. And even if you didn't have a good day the day before, you can start this day a fresh with a new coat and a new slice of positivity. When you start getting rid of these negative thoughts in your head and you start replacing them with positivity motivation, it really does help you towards getting the goals and remembering in a time of need, these specific words of inspiration that can push past the boundaries that are currently holding you back. And to end off this lesson, I'd like to share one of my most favorite quotes. That has helped me in a lot of times of need, and it goes like this. I think it's by Frank Sinatra, which is work hard in silence and let your success be the noise. And although it may seem like a very pretentious quote at first for me, I had a problem with boasting too much about my accomplishments, and I would go and talk about my accomplishments too much without actually doing the work. So this having a riot, reminding me every single day as a quote where I would see it in my journal has really helped me hone into not only becoming more humble as a person but not boasting towards the things that have I have achieved, but rather keeping silent and helping others achieve their goals as well. So I hope that you all enjoyed this video, and I'll see you all in the next lesson. 3. Journal Prompt #2: I want to tell you that in today's society you're either moving forward in life or you're moving backwards. I don't think that there is standing still because everyone is moving at a pace and the technology within today's society are quickly advancing. So either you adapt to where society is currently or you move back and you stay stagnant to who you are. So with this challenge, and with this prompt, it is going to be a daily challenge, daily comfort Zone challenge to take you from where you are today and stepping out of that boundary and getting out of your comfort zone to something that is difficult for you to something that makes you uncomfortable. And this is very specific to you at the beginning of every single day. When you start your morning journal after you write your morning quote, you could write a daily challenge for yourselves and something that really helps along the way is at the beginning of the month or at the beginning of the week. You can write down a list of daily challenges and ask yourself, Does this make me scared? Does this make me uncomfortable getting a list of seven for the week can really help you. And throughout the week, let's say you do it on Saturday, the next Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday. You would pick from that bank of challenges, and you'd pick one right it at the top of your list and have a little square there so you can check it off when you finished and by being able to have a challenge for yourself, is really being able to push yourself out of your boundaries. And really, as you start going through these challenges, it shouldn't be too difficult, because if you start to hard if you do something like doing a cold shower that you've never done before and it is extremely uncomfortable, you won't be able to build the habit of constantly stepping out of your comfort zone. So what I would highly recommend is starting off small, starting off so small that every single day you could do it. For example, for me, when I started this challenge, I started with going to awards things such as being able to complement some of my life aspects for me. I break up my life into five areas, so that is health finance, career, community and relationships. I started with getting a small challenge done in each of them in a week, for example, for health. It would be walking 2000 steps a day, and although that doesn't seem very difficult at first the next week I can increase it to 3000 steps a day, then 9000. Then eventually, after a couple weeks, I'm easily hitting 10,000. So it's really being able to start off with small challenges for yourself, asking yourself the questions. Is this a difficult challenge for me? Does this scare me? Does this make me uncomfortable? And only then and there will you be able to grow as a person? I hope that you enjoyed today's lesson and I'll see you all in the next lesson. 4. Journal Prompt #3: as going and welcome to the third prompt of the day when it comes to morning journaling. So you've covered daily quote and daily challenge, and these are things that you'll right at the top of your page. Max. We get on to gratitude questions, and ultimately this, I would say, is probably my favorite. Now we have three questions to introduce. At the beginning of every single day. They're fairly short. So if you don't mind, just writing them every single day would be extremely easy. So here they are. The 1st 1 is I'm grateful for Blank because Blank, this question really allows you to hone into the small things that are you are grateful for . Because in the grand scheme of things every single day, you won't be able to put family career relationships, finance whatever. Maybe you won't be able to write those things every single day. And when you get to a point in your life where you can really appreciate the small things in life where you don't take anything for granted, that's when you'll ultimately find some satisfaction. So I am grateful for Blank you would write a small thing. Did a stranger open a door for you yesterday. You can write that down. And then the second part of this question is because why am I grateful for this specific thing? I'm grateful for the stranger opening the door for me because it shows that someone cares for me. The next question you can have is I'm looking forward to Blank today. Throughout many studies within history and science, it shows that when we have a dopamine hit, so getting a reward of something is not always the reward itself. For example, getting a candy. It's not the reward of getting in candy. It's the anticipation, which gives you dopamine as well. It's the same when you have something like poker, and when you're playing a hand, it's not. When you get a good hand, is the anticipation of what's to come? It's the anticipation of the reward itself. It's the same thing that with this question, as I am looking forward to blank today, you're setting up in anticipation for yourself and setting up a positive for yourself where you're anticipating something good and ultimately that's going to release dopamine for yourself and ultimately make you happier and more fulfilled because of it. And the third question we have is why will today be awesome? So many times we get caught up with negatives of a day, for example, For me, when I have, let's say, a competition or a public speaking event, I feel so nervous about doing it. And ultimately I can find a lot of negatives of this specific item. And when I take the negatives out from it and I grab a positive, why will today be awesome? I flip the negative onto a positive. Let's say for me I have a public speaking event. I'm extremely nervous and I feel like I won't be able to do well. Well, in the morning, I asked myself, Why will today be awesome? Because I have a speaking engagement and I'll be able to connect and help people. So, just to recap, these three questions are I am grateful for blank because of blank. I'm looking forward to blank today and why will today be awesome? Give yourself a couple reasons. These are the grad two questions that I ask myself on a daily basis. I hope that they can help you as well. So right after your daily quote right after your daily challenge, include these three questions and start to engage a more positive mindset for yourself. This was the episode, and I hope that you enjoy the next lesson as well. 5. Journal Prompt #4: so far in this course, we've covered a lot of self improvement, gratitude, satisfaction kind of thing, motivating yourself and hyping yourself up. But that doesn't work unless we start putting things into action. And for the next problem, we're gonna be talking about your to do list your daily to do list now, preferably you should be able to set this up the night before. That would be ideal, but I understand that not everyone is able to do so. What I would highly recommend is sticking to Onley 62 DUIs per day. When you have more, it feels like you're constantly going and being bombarded with busy work, which is task that don't necessarily help you towards your goal and then being able to have a an unproductive day because of it. When you're constantly checking hundreds of to do's every single day, you're not zeroing it, zeroing into the things that are genuinely moving you towards your goal. So keep it to six. This is called the Ivy Lee method. It was developed, I believe, in 1918 when Charles Schwab had who was a very successful entrepreneur, had hired Lee as a productivity consultant and paid him roughly in today's currency. 400,000 for this one technique. So you're getting this technique for free, so that's the entire thing. You get six items in ranking of importance for your to do list, the 1st 1 being most important. Second, being second most important, and you go from there now, as you start off your day, you're going to have these six task for yourself. The 1st 1 should be the hardest, and it should also be the thing that you tackle first. It's called Eating the Frog. It's doing the thing that you may not feel comfortable with, but because of it, you are going to be able to skyrocket your productivity because of it by doing the hardest thing in your day. First, everything else within the day later is much, much easier if I work on something creative creative work for the 1st 3 hours of my day, which I absolutely dread doing, I can spend the rest of the day doing administration task, something that I don't feel as badly about, and I don't have the anticipation of dread because already finished the hardest thing in the day. Now what I would recommend is when you set up your to do list, take your journal for me. I have my journal right here. I would say that as you carry your journal every single day, you should have flipped to a page where I have it this now, I don't know if you can see it, but Oh, yeah, this That was a page of a general outline of what a morning routine looks like. I would put my daily task and I would list them off from 1 to 6 and really being able to hone into the things that are actually important now, I should be covering a different course on productivity or going on skill share and finding Thomas Frank's productivity course or just finding any productivity course on scale share. I know that they're all amazing and then start implementing to do list for yourself every single day. Start carrying your notebook around with you, and as you finish your task physically, take your check mark of take, take the check mark off, or actually scribble it out because you get a satisfaction from completing a task. Remember to implement the Ivy Lee method. Nothing more than six items per day and writing the most important task at the top of the list and starting from there every single day. By doing this, you'll be able to schedule your day in a way that works and flows, and you physics physically see what you need to do next. This was covering the prompt of your to do list. I hope that you enjoyed today's lesson and I'll see you all in the next one. 6. Journal Prompt #5: for this next prompt. It's extremely easy. It's kind of like a three part series. It is essentially being able to be self aware of as you as a person, because every single day you won't be feeling as good as the next day. Let's say it's one day you're super productive. You won't always have that productive high for yourself. So being able to zero into how you're feeling on a day to day basis is very important and very critical towards your productivity and your success. And really realizing that if today wasn't that good of a day, you can find out why it wasn't by reflecting through journaling and then being able to fix up those days or add specific things to your day to not only feel better but be more productive because of it. So the first part of this prompt is self awareness through How are you feeling right now? So I would say, Have the numbers or I just have a little circle for yourself and from 1 to 10 give yourself a number of how you're feeling at that current moment of writing the journal. There some days for myself, where I feel absolutely on top of the world and there's some days where I feel like absolutely just staying in bed, not doing anything. I just don't feel that well and by being able to be self where as a person and not blaming myself for not being productive, because there just some days where you just don't feel as good and being able to have that tally mark 12345 or 1 to 10 and circling exactly how you feel when you wake up is a way to wards being able to have self care, self awareness and non judgement towards who you are as a person, but rather towards your situation and your environment. Now the next prompt that we have is I will care for myself by blank. This blank is given for you to do whatever you believe is going to help you as a person. Why do you believe that you should give yourself self care? Well, it all really boils down to being able to take care of ourselves because this truly is our only home. Our bodies are where we live and the more we can take care of it. The more. We can not only live a better life but live a longer life as well. Self care can mean a lot for different people. For me, it means just being able to take care of myself without any judgment. For example, something for me, with with how I will care for myself today is for me. I like to take walks and some people may see walking as a waste of time for me. I see it as being able to unload, be able to take some stress off of my mind and just be able to get a creative output for myself. So when you really dig deep towards who you are as a person, ask yourself what self care is to you and being able to find an activity that helps you every single day and don't feel confined to do the same thing every day. Switch it up for me. I can do walking today. Then tomorrow I can treat myself to I don't know, five guys burger, something that I believe that I deserve as a person, because I've worked so hard for everything that I've done, and this really will lift up my mood think of what those things are for you and answer that second prompt. How can I care for myself today? Now the center prompt that we have is what time will I stop work or specifically? The wording is I will stop work at blank now. For most of us, it's probably 5 to 6 PM, but for me, considering I'm in school and I also love working. I usually cat mind at around 10 or 11 and the rest of the day is my night routine or rest. My night is my night routine. For me, it's different and essentially for everyone. Alice, don't feel like you have to constantly be on that grind. You have your own priorities that you finish all of your to do's, and if you did, then you're going to be able to end work early. Whether that be four o'clock 35 oclock whatever time that maybe for you set yourself the time limit for yourself of when you'll stop working. Because by doing that throughout the day as you're working, you're going to have the anticipation off stopping work. And however Wu, it may seem your subconscious is constant consciously working towards being able to work and finish your time. I'll finish all of your work by that specific time. So try it out for at least a week and you'll see that as you give yourself a hard stop limit for yourself. Your will start to finish. Work a lot lot faster, and you'll see the anticipation at, Let's say, five oclock that you'll finish work. And by giving yourself this stop, you give you open up the opportunity to either more time with friends. More time with family, starting a side project, starting a side hustle, reading more books, really stopping work for yourself at a consistent time and using the rest of the time for whatever you like. Now this video is covering self awareness prompts. The 1st 1 was, How do I feel on a scale of 1 to 10 right now? The second is how can I care for myself right now? And the 3rd 1 is what time will I stop work? Make sure that you include thes as I believe that this one is close to one of the important , more important ones. Although they're all important, this one has really helped me not and still blame on myself when I feel less productive, but rather to be able to build upon the foundation of self care and self awareness to becoming a better person. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I'll see you all in the next one. 7. Journal Prompt #6: So the last prompt that we have for this course is going to be something taken out from The Artist Way, which is doing something called morning pages. Now, Morning pages is essentially free, free form writing for however long it takes. By being able to fill out three full pages. I think legal size pages of just free from freeform writing of your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, anything that comes to your head. This is an exercise used by creatives when, before starting their workday, and I believe that this could be used for you as well. So you should right now have a template. I'll throw something up right now. You should have a template of what every single morning looks like with your morning journal. However, you probably are going to have a little bit of space left for all of that space left. We don't want to waste it. We want to be able to use that as best as possible. So for that remaining space, I would highly recommend using a reiteration of the morning pages and being able to write down your feelings, your emotions. What are you hoping to accomplish today? What are some of your goals just really taking everything that you have in your brain and throwing it onto that paper. However much paper that you have left, however much space that you have being able to take everything out of here and putting it on the page takes out all the stretches, takes out all the worries. And soon you have a clear head for yourself because I think it was Dave Allen from getting things done. Who said that your brain is not used for storing ideas. It is for generating ideas. So take all of those ideas, don't store them in your head, put them down somewhere. And I think it's called the capture method. You're taking everything that you have right here and putting on the page so you can become more creative and more ready. And ultimately your brain is more optimized for the days ahead. This was a very short reiteration off morning pages, hopefully that you enjoyed this last prompt, and soon we're going to get onto the conclusion where I'm going to be talking about how you can implement all of these prompts as a daily habit. So I see. I'll see you all in the next episode 8. Conclusion: before we finish up, I want to say thank you for taking this course. Usually I have longer courses, but this one I felt like there was value that I could have taken at for all of the audience is well, to be able to take everything that you have in the morning and structure your day in a free forming Great a cious. I don't know if that's a word, but through a gratitude and productivity filled manner. So now, to be able to actually build the habit for yourself, there are several tips that I could give to be able to actually build this habit as best as possible. The 1st 1 is to not start by overwhelming yourself. I've given you a lot throughout this course, and I hope that you've taken notes as well throughout journaling through your own journal, I would not recommend starting and doing all of the promise that I've given you not doing the daily quote, daily challenge, gratitude, questions, all of them at once. I would not recommend that because at first it's extremely overbearing. You have too many to do, and I feel like if you start trying one of them and you do another one. If you'll may feel tedious at first because you're thinking OK, so I have to do this, then I have to do that. Have to do this one, and soon you'll get jumbled up with all the different prompts. So here's what I would recommend. There are approximately 12345666 problems. So that's what I would recommend on a weekly basis on the first day Sunday you would start off by starting. This happened, and this would be through being able to have a daily quote for yourself. Then Monday you would introduce a daily quote and a daily challenge, Then choose that you would go daily, quote daily, challenge the gratitude questions and hopefully you've taken notes throughout. So you don't need to keep referencing to these videos. However you have access to them regardless, so really start to introduce some day by day that will make it seem not overbearing, not so that it feels to to tremendous oven effort so that you won't be able to stop started in the first place. So if you're going to start, it started to day by day and introducing prompt by prompt day by day that really enables you to get it in a manageable work environment. Now the next thing out highly recommend, is being able to have it as a cue for yourself. Normally for me, I put my journal right beside my bed. So I have this little I ki akala. It's very hard to describe, but it's just where I can place my book where I wake up in the morning, grab my book right down my morning journal and then I'm ready for the day for you out. I highly recommend the same. If you, before you could go to sleep, you can put it either right beside your bed on the floor or right beside a table beside your bed as well, something that right when you wake up, you see you can do it triggers your mind to say, Hey, I should do my morning journal today and by being able to do that, it will help you move forward. Another helpful tip is being able to have a Destin ated time to doing your morning journal for me. I've done something called habits stacking, which is taking ah lot of habits or, I mean, taking one habit first and then adding a 2nd 1 behind it. So, technically, it's one habit. It's currently my morning routine, so I first started with right after I wake up, I go brush my teeth. Then I added another habit right behind it, which is being able to write in my journal after I've added another habit right after that , which is reading the Bible and Scriptures. So I've added this entire habit stack and I can't go through the entire habit stack. And if I miss one, it feels like something's off in my day. So I'd highly recommend being able to do something called habit stacking. This is not the course for this. This is This is not the course for habits lacking. This is simply for morning journals. However, you can go on YouTube, you can go on skill a share. There is a book called Habits Stocking. That's where I learned it. I would highly recommend that as well. Now ask yourself if you don't want to do have it's lacking yet. Just ask yourself. I'm going to do my journal before this activity and after this activity, so I'm going to do my morning journal after I brush my teeth. But before I do my daily devotions being able to have this for yourself, giving yourself a specific time to write in your journal clarifies exactly when you should be able to do it, so it becomes a habit. You know that in your brain. Okay, After I brush my teeth, I'm gonna go write in my journal and then after my journal, I'm gonna do my devotions. It's this constant sequence that goes day by day. Now, the last thing I would say to starting a habit like this is either get some accountability or get some commitment. So accountability would be through telling your friends about this course or just giving them the prompts telling them, Hey, I want to start doing morning journals. Would you like to be my accountability partner? Then, at the end of every single morning journal or whenever you have time, you take a photo of your journal for the day. So I take my phone out, take a photo of it, and then I send it off to my friend and they would do the same. And having this expectation off dumb. Sending a photo and dumb. Having expectation that you'll send one as well really does help you in grain that habit a lot, lot better. Next we have commitment. The thing I would say is, sometimes it really is that first initial hump towards starting a habit. It feels difficult to start. So what I would recommend is take a pencil and a free page for yourself and just write a letter to yourself or right to yourself. I will start journaling, and after one week of journaling, I will give myself the reward of Blank. And if I don't do one week of journaling, I will punish myself, or that's not a good word. I will not say punish myself by doing acts now. It doesn't need to be anything necessarily negative, but rather it is this way of incentivizing yourself to start morning journals and really being able to start for yourself. Now I feel like I did go on a tangent. I would say you can write a free form letter to yourself, saying, Hey, this is all of the benefits that I've seen through journaling or have research. This is how easy it is so for me. Dear Austin, I realize that journaling is a very, very easy process. I feel like I want to try it. I feel like I have the entire formula. All I need to do is try. So I would recommend accountability and a commitment, really Being able to kick start your habit of morning journals. So that is going to conclude this course. I really do hope that you take this and you put it into action. If not, send me a message and then you can check out the clause project to exactly how you can instill this, have it within your own life. Send me a message through email or on skill. Sure itself. I really do hope that you enjoyed this class, and soon I'm gonna be putting out a nighttime routine journal as well. Thank you all for taking the class. Leave me a review so that I can see what I can improve upon because I've taken a lot of feedback from my previous course, the instagram course. And I found a lot of feedback that I have now used and implemented into this course as well . So leave a review and also do the class project. Thank you so much for taking this chorus, and I'll see you all hopefully around. But 9. Class Project: So you have successfully finished the course. I'm hoping that you're watching this after you've taken the entire course. If you haven't, please go watch the course itself first, and then you can jump onto the class project. Now, this class project what I would highly recommend, I'm going to share down below a template. I would say that after you successfully go through a weeks time and use slowly, add in all the prompts. Take a photo of one of your daily entries and talk about how this specific habit has helped you in your life. I would recommend that you do it for a couple of days first, because I feel like the first couple of days you're still kind of figuring it out. You don't really see the benefits, but after a while you might be able to see some of the benefits within your own life. So that is the class project. Take a photo of what your journal would look like. Like this steak, a photo of it, one of your daily entries. Put it down below as an attachment and write about some of the benefits that you've seen from journaling so far. Thank you all for taking the class. I hope that I'll see all of your class projects. I'll be sure to add some comments. Encouragement for instilling this awesome habit into your life. Anyways, thank you so much for taking, of course. And I'm very, very excited to seeing all of your entries.