Increase Your Productivity

Posted by: Jo Banks

Date: 18-07-2017

'What gets written down, gets done!" Increase your productivity through daily journaling.


For the first few months of the year, I noticed that my productivity had dropped considerably.  I’m usually extremely motivated, using most ‘down time’ (in between sessions/workshops) to write books, blogs, newsletters, etc.  However, due to some unexpected health issues, I found that my get up and go had got up and gone!  Even despite the fact that I have all the tools at my disposal for managing my emotions, I was struggling.

As a result, I started to feel disappointed with myself coupled with a level of worry (writing forms a large part of business development activities).  Usually, those feelings are great motivators for me, but for some reason, I just couldn’t seem to find my mojo.  That was until I discovered the power of the ‘Self Journal’.

I had tried journalling before, albeit not in a structured format.  Although I did create my own journal pages at one point, I only managed to keep it up for a few days before I completely forgot to do it!  However, since starting the Self Journal (https://uk.bestself.co/ - other planners are available) about a month ago, my productivity has gone through the roof. 


The Self Journal is a three-month ‘diary’ where you enter your goals for the quarter in the beginning, and every morning, seven days a week, you plan what you want to achieve that day.  You also have space to write what you’re grateful for each morning and night, together with your ‘wins’ for the day and any lessons learnt.

The Self Journal Daily Planner 02

This format keeps me incredibly focused (I do have a tendency to go off on a tangent if something gets too hard, complicated or boring!) if I haven’t planned something in for that day and it isn’t urgent, I plan it in for the following day.

I won’t lie, they are expensive at around £30 for three months. Nevertheless, the amount of money I’ve earned as a result of being more organised has paid that price many times over. 

If you’d like to use your time more productively, I would definitely recommend a structured journal approach.  Provided you use it every day, you’re far more likely to stay on track and achieve your goals because you will be more focused.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting more about how to use your time more efficiently.  It really is amazing how much you can get done when you focus!

If you need any help managing your time better, contact us for a free no obligation conversation about how we can help you achieve more in your life.

PS – I haven’t been paid by Best Self for this post.  I just love their product!

PPS – I did buy another journal which is very similar ‘The Daily Greatness Journal’.  However, it’s quite a bit better than the Self Journal and not as easy to carry around with me.  It’s also bright orange which isn’t quite as sleek!) 

Daily Greatness Journal


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