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Thank you to 36,700 Students

Grateful to celebrate the milestone of 36,700 students for the Daily Journaling course! For existing students, the skill of keeping a journal (like meditation) is something you got to keep practicing. Exciting new research-backed content is planned for the next year (subscribe below to receive it in your inbox). For people who haven’t tried journaling or want to get better at it, please give me the chance to share it for free! Signup below.

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Guide to End of Year Reflections in Your Journal

The end of year brings about an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year and use that for the year ahead. The Stoics, from Seneca to Epictetus, reflected daily and encouraged their students to do the same; “I will keep constant watch over myself and — most usefully —will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil—that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we

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What the Journals of Thomas Edison Teach Us About Productivity, Creativity, and Success

Edison was, without a doubt, one of the most productive inventors of all time. He was awarded 2,332 patents—the third most of any American—including many that continue to affect our lives today: the electric generator, electric pen, fuel cell, storage battery, and motion pictures. Edison’s success didn’t spring from a single moment of inspiration—rather, it was the result of a deliberate approach to changing the world. Throughout Edison’s life, journaling was a consistent practice, capturing not only the his inventions

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3 Self-Improvement Tips from the Journals of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter (1835). Source: NPS

In my quest to study the journals of successful people, Benjamin Franklin has not only been near the top of my list but also has been most request by many of you who kindly write to me. Franklin has intrigued me due to his self-made success, start starting from humble beginnings and rising to become a successful printer, writer, musician, inventor, and, of course, Founding Father of United States. Many, including myself, are aware of Franklin’s life accomplishments. But I wondered what processes he

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What Einstein’s journals teach us about Focus, Play, and Creativity

Time and time again, from their writings and journals, I have come to realize that the heroes that I look upto are shockingly human under their “hero disguise”. That is a humbling find as I continue my quest to learn from the journals of these perfectly human heroes. This month I studied the journals of Albert Einstein – a man who needs no introduction but certainly needs to be recognized for his less well known meticulous journaling habit. The rest

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Guide to Philosophical Meditation by Journaling

Philosopher in Meditation, Rembrandt van Rijn, Paris

Philosophical Meditation is a practice that assumes that a good chunk of the troubles in our minds comes from thoughts and feelings that have not been untangled, examined, and confronted with sufficient attention. Journaling about these unexamined thoughts and feelings allow us to better grasp our minds by becoming aware. The goal is not to fix the mind but to experience the relief that comes from being aware and feeling in control of your mind. We attempt to move from

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Handwritten vs digital journal: Which one wins?

When it comes to journaling, the biggest question people ask is whether to handwrite or use a digital journal? The answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish with journaling. (sorry, there isn’t a simple winner!) In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each method – handwritten or typed. Afterwards, we will go over how you can choose the right medium – written or digital – for your situation. 1. Typing is too fast,

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9 Lessons from Journals of Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. King, Jr. is pictured reading and reflecting at home in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.

There is more to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy than the recognizable “I have a Dream” speech. One hidden gem of Dr. King’s legacy is in the depths of his 10,000+ journals, diaries, sermons, letters, and notebooks left behind. Together, these journals and writings, provide an intimate glimpse of the youngest person (up until 1964) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35. Like other successful people who kept journal, Dr. King maintained this habit throughout

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6 Free Recording Apps for Audio Journaling

6 Free Audio Journaling Apps

The 6 free recording apps for audio journaling that made our list include apps already on your phone, free recording apps, and some new audio journaling apps. Looking for a free recording app for audio journaling? Criteria for Audio Journaling Apps We have assembled a list of 6 free recording apps for audio journaling. These apps have been ranked with these criteria; Free or freemium option – are they free or have a free option to get started? Easy to

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4 Journal Keeping Tips for the Pandemic

Journal Keeping tips for the Pandemic COVID-19

The pandemic has drastically changed our lives in the past few months. Many of us are now staying home, working from home, taking care of the kids, or supporting the elderly and parents. Below, I wanted to share a few tips and reminders to help us through these times. 1. Make time for journaling — even if you have no time Would you say you are too hungry to eat, when hungry? Or too tired to sleep, when tired? Likewise,

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4 Tips to Kickstart the Journaling Habit

Did you plan on starting your journaling habit last year but time just flew by? Well, you are not alone. In the beginning of my journaling journey, I faced similar setbacks. Below, I share 4 tips and tricks to kickstart your journaling habit this year! 1. Understand your “why” Why you want to keep a journal? If you don’t have a strong enough understanding of why, the chances are that you will not adopt this habit. Everyone wants to be

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Smart decision-making with your journal

Your journal is a very effective companion in helping you to make critical decisions. Using a journal will save you from mental overload, fears, mindless wander and other unpleasant experiences of decision making. In this blog post, I want to share how I have been making decisions using my journal. Furthermore, I will reference journals of other successful people – like Benjamin Franklin – and how they made decisions. Benefit of decision making with your journal Decision-making is an inevitable

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