Yesterday, I was delighted to receive the following email from, Lisa Satawa, the Founding Principal of The Droste Group.
“Hi Rob, I have been journaling using your Self-Aware: A Guide for Success in Work and Life. After working in the coaching field since 2001, I thought I saw and tried it all. Well, your journal has literally changed my life! Last week, I completed the last phase of the journal, ‘Looking Forward’. Your book provided a simple process (discipline) that helped me recognize and celebrate my gratitude for the present with clarity for the future.Thank you for creating such an impactful tool. Hope to see you soon.”
I am currently using the journal that Lisa speaks about, in my Ross School of Business class, “Managing Professional Relationships”. The journal is designed to help an individual begin a journaling practice for the next 90 days. Based on their self learning at the end of 90 days, they will have the self-awareness to reconsider their goals and set appropriate ones that align their personal self, their best self, with their goals, both professionally and personally.
Below you will read the introduction of the journal to help you decide whether you want to embark on this journey. In October, I will be offering a free workshop to help you through the process. If you cannot attend in person I will offer it online as well.
Click here to purchase the journal on Amazon, or follow along by creating your own journal using the templates above.
My goal is a simple one: to share a process to help you improve yourself.
The process also is simple:
- Start by setting two career and two personal goals for ninety days.
- Begin to use your Self-Aware Journal on a daily basis, using the guide below.
Each day you will be asked to set your intention for the day and then at the end of the day to reflect on how well you have done. What do you appreciate from the day, and what did you learn about yourself in relationship to others?
STEPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR DAILY JOURNAL
INTENTION FOR THE DAY
- On the left side of your journal answer the question, “What action can I take to make this a good day for me, and others?”
- Next, fill out all scheduled hours of the day using the following format:
- To the right of the appointment entry for each hour scheduled, write what you intend to achieve during this hour.
- To the right of the intent, write any action item that comes out of the appointment. By action, I mean something that you have committed to do as a result of the meeting or an idea you intend to pursue.
- As the day proceeds, fill in the blank hours by what you intend to do with that time.
- Set at most three goals for each day, no more but it could be less.
- List the most important goal first. If possible, start your free time by working on the number one goal.
- Next, move on to the right hand side of the page.
- Keep track of the gratitudes of your day. Here are some examples: When someone has been nice to you. When you’ve done someone a favor. A meeting or class went particularly well. You overcome a fear. You received good news about a friend or family member. When you’ve offered someone praise or encouragement, or you receive praise or encouragement. You noticed something beautiful or meaningful. Anything else that you are grateful for, appreciate, or enjoy.
- Next, you are asked to reflect on lessons about yourself that you learned during the day. In the “Lessons Learned” section, consider what went well and what did not go well, and record how to do better tomorrow.
- Lastly, record your answers to the following questions, in your journal.
- What have you done to take good care of yourself today?
- What have you done today to take care of others and to make the world a better place?
Let me know if you’re joining me on this fresh start for fall!