I am currently writing a Self-Aware Journal/Daily Planner.  I am asking for your help.  As a thank you for giving me feedback on this project, I will send you a copy when it is completed.

{I am writing this Dr. Rob post in the goal-setting format I have used for 50 years.}

  • What is my goal:  My short-term goal for this month is to create a daily journal for my students and coaching clients.
  • By when?  I intend to have it ready by the first day of my U of M class, September 6, 2017.
  • Why?  I intend to use the journal with the 45 students in my class for seniors at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  I will use it in conjunction with my book, Self-Aware:  A Guide for Success in Work and Life, which I created and used in the classes last year.   http://self awareness: a guide for success in work and life   I am developing this journal because I have long been obsessed with the search to find a great journal that will help me stay focused on what needs to be done today while enabling me to consider my long-term goals, and keep in mind on my purpose and values.  My effort to create a journal is focused on the idea of helping people become more self-aware every day. Through the daily practice of self-awareness journaling, I have found that people can become happier, more successful, and can be better members of their teams and families.
  • How will I do It?  I will work on this book in collaboration with my teaching assistant, U of M senior Sean Dew, and a few other collaborators from Ann Arbor and around the country.
  • How can you help?  You can help me in this endeavor by reviewing some key topics that I plan to include in the journal and giving me feedback on the project as I move along.

As a  reward for your efforts, I will supply a free copy of the journal to everyone who participates in the feedback process.  In a way, this is my own “kickstarter” project.
Here are some of the items I am considering including in the journal.  Each journal entry will cover two pages/day with these suggestions embedded. These are derived from my own experience journaling and from reviews from other journals on the market.  This product is intended to be a planner and a daily journal.

  1. What are the abundances of your day?   By this I mean things you’re grateful for, appreciate, compliments you receive, things you do for others, moments of beauty or humor, etc.
  2. What are your scheduled appointments for the day and what you hope to achieve as a result of those appointments?
  3. What are your top three goals for the day?   Please star the one that is most important – the one that you most want and need to get done to make it a good day. ( I also encourage people to start their work day by putting in at least a few minutes on their top goal).
  4. What lessons about yourself have you learned today? I believe that we are all in the constant process of learning about ourselves as a way to improve. Life is a constant process of thinking, taking action, making mistakes, and learning from these mistakes.
  5. What have you done today to take care of yourself and those you love?  Without  physical, mental, and spiritual self-care, we are unable to achieve what we need to do to sustain our own well-being. Without thinking of what we have done for others, we can never achieve true fulfillment.


Here is what you can do to help me in this project?

  1. What do you think of these for topics for the self-awareness journal?
  2. What else do you suggest I include?
  3. Do you have a journaling or daily planning process? If so, what is it and how is it working for you?
  4. Any other comments?

Thank you for your participation.


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