As a kid, I heard about journaling but wasn’t interested. As a teen I considered that journaling might be a good thing to do, but it still didn’t click for me; I tried and failed a few times and then just gave up.

Somewhere in my early 20s, something clicked. Now, journaling is a part of my daily life and those who know me are aware that I’m kind of obsessed with it. To those of you who want to journal but struggle, I’d like to share a few key principles and patterns that I have found helpful.

Find Your Motivation

Arggh! Yes, I used that word, but this is 100% the problem, it’s the thing you have to solve but stay with me here, it doesn’t have to be as painful as you think.

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A great source of motivation that still fuels me to this day started with the Civil War journal of my great, great, great grandfather. As far as I know, nobody else in my family ever kept a journal, but this guy did. He not only kept a journal, he published several copies and passed them around to the whole family. It’s not that long, you can read it in about an hour, but for me it’s like a time machine.

Sure, any history book can take you back, but there’s something a little different when it’s your own flesh and blood Keep Reading

Credit: Zootopia

Credit: Zootopia

We’re coming down the wire at BoomStartup and I wanted to address the elephant in the room: FUNDING

As we get closer to Demo Day, the pressure is on for every Cohort to secure capital. It’s a difficult task as you work to complete deliverables in the program, prepare your pitches, run your company and still do the dance with investors. It’s all a day in the life of an entrepreneur, so no big deal. Of course, Keep Reading

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One of my favorite things about JRNL are the wallpapers. As corny as it sounds, the appearance of writing in a bamboo forest can help take a little of the edge off a stressful day. I usually keep a particular wallpaper for a while until I grow bored with it, or maybe the season changes (I had beach scenes all during winter). I also like the added bit of personality it brings to JRNL, it’s just a little way to help such a personal tool feel a little more “mine.”

How to change your wallpaper

Just go to your settings section and click on Keep Reading

What happens to us is not as important as the meaning we assign to it. Journaling helps sort this out.

via “virtual mentor” Mike Hyatt

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Art of Manliness has 31 days worth of really insightful journal prompts that you can use for inspiration. You can copy and paste one per day into a new entry and record your thoughts, it would make for some great content in anyone’s journal.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/01/01/jumpstart-your-journaling-a-31-day-challenge/

Here are a few samples:

Day 2: Continuing to work within that idea of constraints, try to write a 6-word memoir of your life so far. This idea is rumored to have originated from Papa Hemingway. The benefit is that with only six words, you really have to filter your life to what you deem most important…

Day 9: On this day, simply write about your day. This may seem especially boring, but write out the events of your day. What time you woke up, what you had for breakfast, what your commute was like, what you did during at work, how you spent your evening…

Day 13: Perform a mind dump of everything you’re worried about. From the leaky dishwasher to your family member’s poor health — get it all out. Dwight D. Eisenhower did it, and it significantly helped him manage his stress…

Day 22: Imagine you’ve been provided with a livable income for the rest of your life. You have no need to work, but aren’t rolling in money either. How would you spend your time? Your answer will say a lot about you and what your passion may be…

Let me start by saying that JRNL isn’t my first startup and it won’t be my last. I love entrepreneurship and I have the utmost respect for any true entrepreneur, no matter how good (or bad) I think their idea might be. To me, being an entrepreneur means being a visionary and driven. It also means sacrifice, humility and hard lessons on the fly. You’ll never experience a greater learning opportunity in business than being an entrepreneur. I hope what I will share on this blog over time will serve as valuable insight to anyone looking to start a business. So… on with it already.

BoomStartup 2016 Cohorts

That’s me in the middle with the JRNL logo on my chest. Yeah, like a Superhero. LOL!

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An old Proverb states, “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” Spring is finally here and is a time of fresh starts and rebirth. Get your creative juices flowing and pick your favorite journaling prompts to bring new life to your JRNL. We’ve compiled 30 journaling prompts to jumpstart your new beginning.

  1. What traditions did you have growing up in the springtime?
  2. What is your most memorable Easter?
  3. Make a list of all the symbols of Spring. Consider the smells, nature, how it looks and feels. How does it make you feel about your life?
  4. Spring is a time of new beginnings. Describe a time you had a new beginning.
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We rely pretty heavily on technology. Most of us are addicted to our phones and are running a number of apps at any given moment of the day. Our dependency on our devices often gets the short end of the stick and is considered to be negative, but we need to consider the context in which we use them. There’s no disputing the fact that we can lose hours of our time and productivity on mindless nonsense through our devices. However, what’s not talked about as often is how our devices and the services we access through them can help us be more efficient with our time and encourage productivity.
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We’re extremely excited about a few updates that will be showing up in the service over the next 30 days. That said, last week JRNL received some exciting news from the Rootstech Innovator Showdown. JRNL was selected as part of the First Cut, whittling down from 46 entries to 24.
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As someone who’s spent the better part of three decades working as both an operator and adviser to some very successful ventures, I’ve come to understand that certain individual habits contribute greatly to the overall performance of a business. What’s more, winning teams and profitable companies tend to exhibit many of these same traits.

Steven Covey outlines a number of these traits in his award winning book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Specifically, Covey highlights the following:
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