"The Five Minute Journal is one of the simplest ways that I have found to consistently ensure improving my well being and happiness. Both in terms of achievement and actual measurable, quantifiable results."
"I consider myself a driven person who is always looking for ways to improve and move forward.
While I appreciate this aspect of my personality, it also has its drawbacks. There have been seasons of my life where I’ve experienced discontentment and struggled through feelings of not being “enough.” At times, it felt as though I had blinders on to all of the good around me. Practicing daily gratitude has been a key step in removing those blinders. Even on my worst days, I realize I still have so many things to be thankful for in my life. The 5MJ has provided me new perspective and helped me appreciate all of my experiences (even the unpleasant ones)."
"I first heard about the Five Minute Journal on Tim Ferriss' Podcast, and had mixed emotions about it: I was skeptical of how doing anything for 5 minutes a day could actually have an impact on my happiness.
Aside from loving Tim's recommendations, I figured, what the heck? The upside is massive and the downside is minimal. What do I really have to lose?
I bought the journal and immediately read through the inspiring intro. I loved how actionable the process of committing to a new habit was, (with creative tactics like self-inflicted rewards and punishments for achieving one's goals), but more importantly that it was all backed by science.
As a professional poker player who relies heavily on math and analytics, I respect this approach and need to feel confident that what I'm doing has merit. It's been a year since I started journaling and while I noticed immediate gratification from my first few entries, it wasn't until recently that I began to notice a perspective shift in how I operate in my daily life. It's no longer just the macro three entries in the morning where I experience gratitude, but in the micro as well. Even mundane activities like washing the dishes are now an opportunity to truly experience how lucky I am to have running water.
What once started as a ritual of jotting down a few things I'm grateful for on a piece of paper has now become the way in which I see the world.⠀ ⠀
"Life is SO magical and wondrous. Like it really is. But how often do we consciously see, feel or acknowledge the magic, wonder and beauty of everyday life?
...I friggen’ love this journal as an effective medium to find daily magic through gratitude, manifestation and affirmation practices, and as a daily reflection tool to keep us present, aware and in awe of even the ‘little’ stuff. It has helped to shift my mindset into appreciation mode, which has lead me to greater happiness.⠀And more happiness = better health, so that’s a big WIN in my books."
"2013 was a rough year. I had insane expectations of myself that I could never live up to. I kept thinking when was I ever going to be happy?
When was the constant anxiety and dark thoughts going to stop? I began meditating and exercising. I signed up for improv to get me out of my shell. I read tons of books. While these all helped, a big part of this journey was using The Five Minute Journal to rewire my mind to focus on the good in my life, rather than what I lacked. In a world where social media shows people’s seemingly perfect, unreal lives, the little extra daily push to focus on appreciation over comparison and focus on what I could control was, and continues to be, a game changer. The worry thoughts are still there, but a lot quieter, and much more manageable. I am happy to say I love and accept myself for just the way I am today, which was a far cry from where I was."
"At the end of each day, I REALLY love sharing my '3 amazing things that happened', with my boyfriend. As humans we tend to complain the most with the people we’re most comfortable with.
Negativity and gossip tend to be more interesting than the good stuff (a prime example being the news; it's almost always focused on the negative). The things that my boyfriend writes as his 'amazing things that happened' are sometimes things I would have never known if we didn't share. This time to reflect and share has become so valuable to us. It’s a very special time and brings us closer together as a couple and is a great way to end the night. ⠀ The Five Minute Journal has helped me foster a positive and optimistic mindset. I can definitely say that I’m a much happier person now than when I started the Journal 18 months ago."
"The Productivity Planner changes the way I work because it gives me the opportunity to come in, push everything aside, and focus on what I need to get done that day. That little extra awareness of how I am working throughout the day has been great."
"I’m someone that is easy to go down a rabbit hole or like to pick tasks based on ‘what I am in the mood for’. However, sticking to this has made me so much more productive and by mid-day I actually feel like I’ve accomplished a lot."
"As a photographer and video editor, I often work at home. In fact, I am editing at home more often than outside. But how can you work productively at home? What helped me most in the past half year is the Pomodoro method and the Productivity Planner."
"Paul Meyer said it best - "Productivity is never a mistake. It is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. The Productivity Planner is a very fast, but effective process, which I enjoy. It allows you to plan out your day for optimal success."