Journaling: A Key Habit of the Super Successful

“Keeping a journal is one of the best strategies for learning about yourself and improving your professional performance over time.” Teresa Amabile Harvard Business School Professor

In my professional circles and in the literature I’ve been reading of late, I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of keeping a daily journal. The word is it’s a habit that successful people have been leveraging for years to improve their productivity. So a few weeks ago I decided to give it a try. In the short time that I’ve been journaling I noticed a number of key benefits, including but not limited to:


  1. Reduction of Stress
  2. Improved Sharpness of Memory
  3. Increased Mindfulness
  4. Improved Discipline
  5. Enhanced Overall Productivity

This article does a good job of summing up the benefits in more detail.

Journaling Techniques

  1. Free Writing – Just let it flow, jot down what comes to mind.
  2. Morning Pages – Free Writing first thing in the morning.
  3. Lists – Make a list of anything i.e. things that make you happy
  4. TLC (Thankful, Learning, Connection)

I tend to note the one big thing that I want to accomplish the next day, both professionally and personally. Then I write about something I’m thankful for and what I learned during the day. After that I often let it flow with a stream of consciousness.

Check out these sites for a deeper dive into journaling techniques, here and here.

I intend to continue the practice. I’ll keep ya posted on the progress. Cheers to more productive and balanced lives MGs!