You may prefer a more traditional journal where you talk about your day and how you felt. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, for me personally, I haven’t had the desire to keep a journal like that for a long time. My main reason is those types of journals can get very personal and to be honest, I wouldn’t want even close family members reading a journal like that. The idea of anyone reading my most personal thoughts one day in a journal... it’s not very appealing to me.
That is a little bit different of a reason compared to the reason Todd Brison gives if you watch the video I’ll include below. In short, he started micro journaling because it was easier for him to form the habit versus long, drawn out traditional journaling. The traditional journal became “obnoxious,” as he puts it.
But, regardless of the exact reason for people not liking traditional journaling and if you are one of these people, micro journaling might be the answer for you. Specifically Todd Brison’s version of it.
Here’s what you do:
- Write the date (You’re alive; be grateful.)
- Write a topic or problem then list 10 ideas or solutions. (Exercises your brain.)
- Write one thing you are grateful for. (Gratitude; it works.)
But also, let’s say you just are not feeling the list 10 things part one day. That’s fine. Just write the date. Or, the date and one thing you are grateful for. The idea is, even if you only write down the date, you are acknowledging that you’ve been blessed with another day. You are logging that day and this small act promotes gratitude.