There is an influx of tools out there that promise they will help you to be more productive, but this has to be my favourite tool and I can’t speak highly enough about it. If you’re looking to increase your productivity and want achieve more goals, then this is definitely worth checking out. The even better news is that you can also try it for FREE and I included the link in this blog.
I will note that I am in no way affiliated with this company but I’ve absolutely loved the product so far and wanted to share it with you. It’s even been featured in Business Insider, CNBC, and Huff Post.
Interestingly I had seen advertisements on my Facebook feed a few times for Best Self Co. but hadn’t really looked into it. It wasn’t until one of my girlfriends talked to me about the self-journal and how she found it really helped her to do more and she felt like she was moving towards her goals much faster. She also mentioned how you could download a free PDF and try it first. I thought to myself, “say no more!” Anything that is free and helps people to accomplish more is definitely worth trying.
I wasn’t sure what to expect and was very impressed with the layout. The introduction even goes through how the Journal works and shows you examples. In the very beginning it asks you to choose 3 goals that you want to achieve or work towards for the next 3 months, as the journal is broken down into 90 days. From there you have to break down your goals further into actionable steps that will show you that you’re working towards your goals. It was great to think about three main goals, not just career wise, that I wanted to work towards. I understand and teach the importance of breaking down goals and this journal provided a very easy to understand visual of just that.
Once you choose your three main goals and some actionable steps you then have a 3 month calendar and weekly breakdown sections. In this weekly section you decide what habits/activities you’re going to focus on for the week and then as the week progresses and you do your daily check ins, you simply check that day and task or don’t. Writing and planning it might take you 5 minutes. At the end of the week you check in with your progress and how your week went by answering questions such as, on a scale of 1-10 how happy were you this week and why, and what were your three big wins this week. It’s great to reflect on the week and how much you accomplished.
Other than the weekly set up and check in you also have daily plans. This takes about 5 minutes as well. You simply need to figure out your goals and targets for the day. I like to plan out my day the night before and that way I’m set up for the next day. In this section you can also plan out your day via 30 or 60 minute increments in the schedule section.
One of my favourite parts about this journal is that in the morning, and at night when you’re reflecting about your day, you’re asked to write down three things that you’re grateful for. I’ve done a lot of research into the power of gratitude and can tell you that it’s been proven to increase happiness so I was really excited that it’s included within this journal.
I will admit that It does take a little effort, especially initially, to plan your day and reflect at night. I would say between 5-10 minutes, which in the big scheme of things is really nothing. I’ve only been using mine for a short period of time and I have been the most productive in a long time, possibly even ever. I find that it keeps me accountable and that I plan exactly what I’m going to do and try my best to achieve it. I’ve also found that sometimes life just has other plans and on those days where I don’t get everything done I have to be kind to myself.
Overall, I could not speak more highly about it as it has really helped me to prioritise what’s important, have more direction and feel like I am accomplishing little wins towards my big goals.
If this sounds like something you could use definitely check it out. You can follow the link below to get the FREE PDF. Otherwise I believe you can buy the actual journal for $35.99USD.
By: Cortnie Dawn
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