Journaling is a life changer.
I’ve been journaling for years and it’s taken a lot of trial and error to get it right (especially because I don’t want to put a lot of time into it).
Enter, The Five Minute Journal.
This journal was created and designed by Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas, two online entrepreneurs who dedicated the book to lifelong learners and doers because they believe that people who learn and people who act are changing the world every day.
I’ve been using this simple (yet brilliant) journal for years.
I absolutely love this journal, and I want to tell you why.
The Five Minute Journal Looks And Feels Amazing
This journal is very aesthetically pleasing.
Let’s be honest, a good looking journal is a great motivator in wanting to use it and keep it around.
It’s soft to the touch with a beautiful linen hardcover and a simple embossed title on the front.
Whether you’re taking it on the go, or picking it up early in the morning, it’s the perfect size for wherever you are.
More importantly, it lies flat when you open it.
Nobody likes to wrestle with a journal or have the integrity of their writing compromised because you have to force the pages into submission.
The book was designed with a professional in mind and not only because of how it looks.
So, yea, I like having it around because it looks and feels amazing. 🙂
What’s Inside The Five Minute Journal
More importantly than how it looks, is the value I get from the journal.
If you take a look inside, you’ll see that each page of the planner is one day.
You simply put the date at the top of the page and follow the prompts on the page (it’s so easy, I just love it).
Each day is split between morning and evening.
The morning entry has a space for you to list what you’re grateful for, what would make that day great, and daily affirmations. These questions are great because subconsciously, you are creating an intention. Your brain sees these as answers to a question that it wants to solve on the daily: how to make today great.
The evening entry is created for you to list three amazing things that happened that day and how that day could’ve been better. Another amazing part of this journal is that after following up with three amazing things that happened in your day, you are prompted to answer the question of how the day could’ve gone even better. Whether you mention that you could’ve been more present, drank more water, or spent more time with friends, the point isn’t to be down on yourself. This prompt is a tool to focus on the areas that you can improve on.
After all, there will never come a time where we are done improving ourselves. At the end of the day, it’s nice to look back and be satisfied with how you spent your time.
Daily Inspiration And A Weekly Challenge
Another way this journal adds more creativity into your daily routine is with daily quotes and weekly challenges.
At the top of every page, there is an eye-opening, thought provoking or inspirational quote.
Messages from brilliant men and women that help inspire you to live your life to the fullest and think outside the box.
Here are a few great examples of quotes in the journal:
- “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” – Ellen DeGeneres
- “Your actions reveal not what you want, but what you choose.” – Shane Parrish
In addition to these quotes, each week you’ll find a new challenge that will help motivate you to operate outside your comfort zone.
Complacency happens when you’ve been doing something one way for so long without observation, that you don’t think to change how you do it.
These challenges offer insight into how you can simplify different aspects of your life to work better for you.
For example, one challenge states: ‘What is one activity that you still engage in that you no longer enjoy doing? Commit to ending that activity today.’
Not only is this a challenge that we should be doing every so often, but to have it be suggested in your journal is all the more motivation!
By reading these every day and using the practice as a tool to keep you present, aware, and in awe of the little things, you will find that this journal is a game changer.
The Five Minute Journal Is For Busy People
What I love about this journal is that it’s made for someone who is busy.
Aren’t we all busy these days?
And by design! We love our lives and pack them full of family, friends, work, health, etc.
I don’t want that to change.
But I also want to have time to practice gratitude, reflect on my day, and make journaling a daily practice.
The Five Minute Journal is a journal that you can easily incorporate into your morning and night routines.
Whether that’s curling up with a good book and a glass of wine, or catching up on your favorite TV show, The Five Minute Journal is the perfect addition to whatever helps you relax.
The thing about routines is that they come from doing something habitually.
Repeat the process of writing in this journal twice a day, and watch it become a habit that guides you into a happier state of mind.
Speaking of a happier state of mind, this journal uses positive psychology to help you be more mindful through practicing gratitude.
Adopting An Attitude of Gratitude Is A Way To Become A Happier Person
The Five Minute Journal aims to help you focus on all the things you have to be grateful for.
Once in the morning and once at night, you’re able to carve out five minutes to take inventory of your life and realize all that you have to be thankful for.
When one day you’re grateful for waking up in a warm bed, the next day can be even more specific — like being thankful for the clean bedding in the warm bed.
Dig deep and consider the minutiae of your life that is sometimes easy to overlook.
The fact that you opened your eyes, the way the sun shines into your room, your old roommate from college.
Find meaning in the small things.
When you focus on all the good in your life, I promise you that your days will begin to feel more positive.
There is so much power in keeping a gratitude journal.
Not only do you experience more joy and optimism, but by practicing gratitude, you’re operating from a higher version of yourself.
A person who searches for the positive in any situation will inevitably experience higher levels of positive emotions.
These positive emotions in turn help you operate with more compassion and generosity.
A scientific study has even found that it helps support your immune system!
Less sick days and more happiness sound great if you ask me.
Find the good in every day and the good will find you. 🙂
When you sit down to write your nightly entry, the journal prompts you to write down three amazing things that happened during your day.
If you’re lucky, the three things you mentioned that would make it a great day end up being the three amazing things that happened throughout your day,
Sometimes it’s easier said than done, and when you find yourself having an off day, there’s always ways to find the silver lining.
The journal offers a way to find it.
Who The Five Minute Journal Is Perfect For
I have loved my experience using The Five Minute Journal.
Wondering if it’s for you?
The Five Minute Journal is perfect for you if…
- You want to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
- You want to journal but are busy and short on time.
- You love personal growth.
- You want to be happier (it’s proven that by practicing gratitude you experience more joy in your life).
A Final Note!
Journaling can be a daunting undertaking if you think it has to take a ton of time and be done a special way.
That’s why I think The Five Minute Journal is perfect. It’s perfect for me anyways.
The only real downside to it is if you want to take more time journaling and writing, you’ll need to use something else with more space for you to write.
Otherwise, this journal will help you live with intention through practicing gratitude and slowly implementing positive habits into your life.
The end results are quick, easy, and powerful journal entries that you can look back on for tangible evidence of how your life has transformed.
The greatest part about it? It only takes five minutes a day. 🙂
I highly recommend The Five Minute Journal if you want to practice more gratitude and feel more joy on a daily basis. It’s so good!