Today’s motivational nudge: Try micro-journaling

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

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When I think of micro-journaling, I envision a journaling process that brings the writer to a journal page for quick moments in time. Whether it is to jot down an epiphany, feelings about a tense or happy moment, a wacky idea, a nostalgic memory or anything else that weighs on the mind — those few minutes can be an opportunity to clarify and write about thoughts or feelings that may otherwise be forgotten or set aside.

Micro-journaling can provide us with the ability to preserve tiny windows of time in our stream of consciousness. It can also increase our awareness of what is important to us.

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Your process for writing down bite-sized thoughts can be completely unique to you. Where and when you write is entirely your choice as well. 5 minutes of writing on a blank piece of paper at 2 a.m. in the morning are equally as significant as 5 minutes of writing an email to yourself at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. What matters most is that you give voice to thoughts that are important to you in that moment.

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Today’s motivational nudge is: Micro-journal for 5 minutes today.

If you have a few minutes in between tasks, pick up a journal, a piece of paper, or your electronic device of choice and write about what you’ve been thinking about.

If you enjoy the process, try doing this a couple times a day this week and review what you have at the end of each day. Ideas and thoughts captured right in the moments that spark new ways of thinking can give us brand new ways to address any challenges or obstacles.

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Are you a fan of micro-journaling?

Have a great week!

4 thoughts on “Today’s motivational nudge: Try micro-journaling

  1. My journalling practice continues to evolve, and I’ve definitely utilised micro-journalling as well. I’ll have just one-sentence thoughts throughout the day and I’d record them down. This is besides my regular journalling at night. I’ve also taken to journalling on loose A4 paper that I’d file later, instead of limiting myself to notebooks. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. I like the idea of using loose paper to record thoughts. I’ve been using a day journal to do the same. It is fun to look back at what you’ve come up with over the course of a day! Thanks for stopping by – have a great week.

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  2. Mine always comes in the form of an incoherent jumble of words on the iPhone notes app in the middle of the night. But I’m glad I do it because I don’t want to lose the ideas as they come.

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    1. I always feel that there are gems hidden in middle of the night word jumbles..yes to the iphone notes app, that’s a great way to keep a running journal! Thanks for stopping by..hope you’re having a good week!

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