Okay, everyone. It’s a great thing to optimistic about your aspirations and be future-focused, but what about living in the now? Someone recently told me that its important to be grateful for things that we have so that we will be grateful for the things we get.
I try to keep myself from falling into the thought process of my life will be better once I achieve my goals, but I’m not always so good at that. My goal is to feel amazing about my life as it is available to me today. Why? Well, if I don’t learn how to feel satisfied and love myself today, I probably won’t love myself in the future (even after I get to where I want to be).
If you’re anything like me, by the time you achieve one goal, you’ve already got your sights set on the next thing. So, when that time actually comes and you’ve gotten to where you want to be, it feels good for a second, and then you already want something more.
So how do you work towards your future goals, while still being grateful for where you are each day? I don’t have the perfect solution, but I’ve got a start.
Here’s my new little obsession for being more grateful for each day: The Five Minute Journal.
So what is it?
The Five Minute Journal is my new favorite tool when it comes to increasing my productivity and getting me into the habit of being grateful of what I already have. At one stage or another, I’m sure most of you have tried to use a journal. I know I have, and it’s never quite been successful.
But that’s why its so great, it only takes five minutes!
As they advertise it, “you use it like a toothbrush, twice a day”; once in the morning and once before bed.
I talked earlier about opening our minds to being grateful for each day. A great way to do that is by journalling and understanding what in my life is great at that time and what I hope to be in the future. According to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Davis, they found that keeping a gratitude journal promotes higher levels of positive emotion, more joy, less loneliness, and more benefits (Intelligent Change).
However, I’ve never been able to stick to that, like ever.
But five minutes a day? I can do that.
I’ve recently just started doing this everyday, so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Why don’t you guys give it a try? It’s easy to access on both hard copy and as an app.
When I first started using the Five Minute Journal idea, I actually wasn’t using the real thing (I was too skeptical and noncommittal to buy the book). Instead, I wrote down three things I was thankful for everyday or three goals I wanted to accomplish each day.
However recently, the Five Minute Journal creators put out an app and I decided to get it!
Its only a one-time download fee of $4.99. Plus, the app has a reminders you can set up and let’s you add a photo to each day. Not to mention, daily quotes, passcode protection, daily photos, and easy journal entries. The app version has the same questions as the hard copy, but you get to have it everywhere you go. (However, if you’re a paperback person, you can get it on hardcopy here).
This is all about helping people get closer to their goals each day, and see the good in each day. Give it a go and comment how it works for you!