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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.

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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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Keep a food journal over the holidays, your waistline will thank you!

Keeping a food journal is recommended and proven to help you shed pounds, or in the case of the holidays – prevent them. We’re not suggesting you skip the stuffing and pumpkin pie but be mindful of your portions and track how much you’re eating. Remember, by cheating your food journal, you’re cheating yourself. Properly tracking the amount you eat, what you’re eating and when you eat it will allow you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your diet and eating habits over the holiday season. To avoid gaining 10 pounds this holiday season, follow these tips and let the good times roll.

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Too many people today keep blog posts and vlogs to record their lives on social media with a short 140-word snippet, an image download or a video vine, which may work for them. But it takes true discipline to record our experiences, meanings and observations regularly. JRNL is attempting to conveniently use the medium of an online application and combine it with traditional journaling practices.

From a professional perspective, there are several reasons a person would want to keep a journal. They include but are not limited to the following:

  • To record decisions made or actions taken for possible future accountability. A person would make entries regarding important decisions made, citing reasons for such decisions, particularly if in a position where regularly held accountable. Also cited would be references made to statistics or precedents that have already been set in the field to support decisions or actions taken. After all, no one wants to be left with no leg to stand on if a decision comes back to haunt them that could affect their job status.

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Journaling is a great tool for parents to encourage their children to practice their writing skills in a fun way. Dissimilar to a diary, journals go far beyond recounting daily activities and thoughts. While journals can most certainly be used for such purposes, the versatility of a journal allows kids and teenagers to integrate writing in several aspects of their lives.

How does journaling benefit my child?

  1. Journaling gives them freedom. Writing for pleasure as opposed to writing for school gives them liberty to write about whatever they want. Journals are a non-threatening place to write without any inhibition.
  2. Journaling sparks creativity. A journal is a place for your child to write their most imaginative thoughts. Their entries can be as structured or as wild as the thoughts they have, whatever inspires them to continue writing.
  3. They’re in control of their journal. Having a personal journal enables kids to express their feelings, ideas and concerns which are safe from criticism, allowing them to write freely and honestly. Articulating their thoughts in written form allows them to own the situation and plan how they wish to proceed.
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Journaling can help you make improvements in your life. With Commitment Day 2016 coming up in less than a month, there are some things that you can do to get started ahead of time.

First, the important thing to understand is that journaling isn’t always about deep, personal thoughts. It’s more about consistency and you determine what that means to you. It can be daily, weekly, or merely a place to keep ideas as you’re inspired. The practice alone will have revelatory implications as you continue to develop your journaling habit.

Turning Ideas into Reality
It’s often said that writing your goals, thoughts, hopes, and dreams on paper makes them real. Reflecting on those entries will help you focus your mind and keep you on task and help you realize the life you aspire to have.

Here are 8 journaling strategies to help you achieve your goals and make 2016 the best year yet.

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