There is a business tool that offers simply extraordinary benefits:
- Stretching Your IQ
- Evoking Mindfulness
- Achieving Goals
- Emotional Intelligence
- Boosting Memory and Comprehension
- Strengthening Your Self-Discipline
- Improving Communication Skills
- Sparking Your Creativity
The tool was used by John D. Rockefeller, George Patton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, so maybe it is good enough for us.
So, what is the secret? How much does it cost? Where can I get it?
Even if it offers one tenth of what is claimed then I want some.
The tool is the simple Journal.
A place to write and note your goals, activities, successes, failures and to reflect on how you can improve. A private place. A system that makes you accountable to your plans and goals. Or at least gets you to reflect on how you are doing compared with your aspirations, hopes and dreams.
The humble journal is having a renaissance.
Or maybe it is just starting to be recognised as a valuable tool (see 10 Surprising Things You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal ).
Most people in business need some form of mentor, coach or accountability buddy. Ironically, it is the humble blank page or page with prompts that actually helps people to reflect and improve on what they are doing. And yet such a simple process is often ignored.
So that’s the challenge. Can 15 minutes a day really deliver results? Like any DIY activity (be nicer, keep fit, lose weight, better time management) it is up to the individual to apply themselves to the task in hand. Over to you.
A little note from Jaime… If you think that your management team would benefit from a journal, why not get Christmas sorted early with this offer.