I journal nearly daily using Day One on my iPad. From time to time, I go old school and write with a pen in a notebook. But mostly on my iPad. With a mechanical keyboard that goes clickity-clack when I type. Yes, all my colleagues love me. Why do you ask?
Day One has the advantage that you can create templates to reuse as you see fit. I have one asking if I have meditated, fasted, what I read, what was on my mood, and so on.
But I have a few more with a single question each. They help me reflect. To reflect is to know thyself. Probably Shakespeare.
I try to answer a different prompt every day; hence, why they are 14.
Kind as I am, I am sharing them with you:
- What is the worst that could happen today? (Premeditatio Malorum, stolen from the Stoics)
- What is the best that could happen today? (Premeditatio... Bonorum? My Latin is inexistent!)
- How did past decisions evolve contrary to what I expected? Where can I adjust for the future? (Second-order thinking but reversed)
- Do I enjoy what I am doing daily? If not, how long has the answer been no? (Stolen from Steve Jobs
- What was my biggest win last week?
- What am I grateful for? Name five things. (Stolen from gratitude meditation)
- What are the three big things that I learned today? This week?
- How could today have been better?
- What did I say no to today? What should I have said no to?
- What were my blind spots this week? My biases?
- How can I slow down today?
- Have I asked for help this week?
- Have I done something that made me uncomfortable?
- What do I spend a lot of money on? What are my money dials? (Stolen from Ramit Sethi)
There you go. You're welcome. If you have other questions, please share them with me.