Personal Development Journal Sample


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Are you just surviving or thriving? Are you getting things done? Living each day with purpose? This personal development journal (8 week edition) was created to help you focus each day on your values and vision. Not so much a calendar as a compass, directing your life in the right direction, helping you track daily goals and progress in life's most important areas: tasks, fitness, financial, nutrition, goals, intellectual, spiritual, overall This journal includes workflow features such as context-based @ lists, blank pages for capturing "open loops", and a guided space for conducting your weekly reviews.

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  2. 2. Copyright © 2011 by Dr. Brian J. Dixon. All rights reserved.No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,recording, scanning, or otherwise, except as permitted under Section 107 or108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior writtenpermission of the publisher, or authorization through payment of the appropriateper-copy fee.Requests to the publisher for permission should be addressed to the contactinformation located at the website brianjdixon.comReaders should be aware that Internet Web sites offered as citations and/orsources for further information may have changed or disappeared between thetime this was written and when it is read.GTD® and Getting Things Done® is a registered trademark of David Allen andCo.Though several resources are mentioned in this book, the authors do notLimit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: While the publisher and author haveused their best efforts in preparing this book, they make no representations orwarranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of thisfor a particular purpose. No warranty may be created or extended by salesrepresentatives or written sales materials.The advice and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for yoursituation. You should consult with a professional where appropriate. Neither thedamages, including but not limited to medical, special, incidental, consequential,or other damages.
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  4. 4. Thanks for picking up a copy of this Personal Development Journal! H TWhile working on my doctoral dissertation research, I discovered D hto the development of this Personal Development Journal. rSome of my favorite books that inspired this journal include: S eThe 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss cBody for Life by Bill Phillips dGetting Things Done by David Allen T WWalden by Henry David Thoreau TThis Personal Development Journal is a place for you to put your ideas i i ceveryday and have found it to be inspiring, motivating, and rewarding. Wand information boxes. But it is this level of detail that makes it such an meffective tool. 1Share your own story at i t t p -Brian email:
  5. 5. How to use this Personal Development SystemThere are two components to effectively using this PersonalDevelopment Journal.helps you manage input, tasks to do, completion tracking, and weeklyreviews.Second, the daily information sheets help track and manage keyelements of your life and work each and every day. These two elementscombine to form this complete tool to encourage your own personaldevelopment.To help manage the innumerable tasks and commitments you faceWhat follows is a brief overview of this system.This journal has several features that will assist you in implementing anin the back assist you in collecting, the context-based action lists helpin processing and executing, and the weekly review section helps youconduct a regular overview of your system.When a new item comes into your view, there are four stages tomanaging that information and completing resulting tasks.1. Collect. Start by gathering all incoming information, unprocessedideas, and “open loops” in a trusted system. When a new item comesto mind, write it down. The back of this journal has blank pages forthis reason. All of this information then gets put into your inbox forprocessing and assignment to your lists. 5
  6. 6. 2. Process. 4next steps to items, and writing these next steps on context-based t s1. Delete. If the item is not necessary, get rid off it. t wadd a reminder to your “@ waiting for” list, so you can follow up toensure completion. 13. Do it. If the task takes less than two minutes to do, just get it done. TDo it right away. a4. Defer. If the task will take more than two minutes, add the next step to ra context-based action list, or schedule it on your calendar. cThis journal includes 8 different types of context-based @ lists in the 2front of this journal, to help you accomplish and complete deferred Rtasks. These are: u1. @ Phone Calls, where you write phone calls you need to make. p3. @ Home, for next steps that must be completed at home.4. @ Anywhere, for items that are not location dependent, ie. Internet Lresearch. y cand about.others that you need to follow up on.7. @ Future Ideas, a place to write ideas for the future or non-vital tasksif you have time or interest. t8. Project _________. Some tasks are part of a larger project you 5 radding the most critical task to your daily journal, as well as the next twoor three important tasks. Once completed, add the accomplished tasks
  7. 7. 4. Weekly Review. Once a week, conduct a review of your completed the end of each week for conducting your weekly review. This step by step process will help you ensure that tasks are being completed and that nothing important is falling through the cracks. Components of this weekly review include: 1. Step-by-step review: This process takes you sequentially through 12 steps to a clear head and an organized workspace. By working through these steps, you willo review your lists, capture any missing information, and look ahead to the coming week. 2. Did you thrive this week? Review the “surving or thriving” section of the previous 7 days, adding up the total (1-10) score of each of the six key life areas. The average personal development over the week. Like the previous section, this space allows you to total up and average your progress according to key life goals. This simple tool will give you a clear picture of the health of the previous week.s those down as a way to celebrate a great week. 5. Weekly Narrative Summary recognizing negative patterns, celebrating positive steps, and settingo 7
  8. 8. Part B. Daily OverviewThe following section describes each element of the daily pages, aexplaining the goals of each component in measuring your progress. a complete?The success or failure of a day is often measured by the Ione task you must complete that day. What is the one important activity, Bphone call, email, meeting, etc. that has to be completed for this day to s nlocation is for you to see the task everytime you open your personal ydevelopment journal and then, with great pleasure, when the task s Inspirational Reading Subject Observation Application PInspirational Reading T atime in the morning to read a short passage that helps realign my ypriorities has a positive impact on the rest of my day. This may be a yshort passage from a motivational book, a sacred text, or a book of cquotes. Whatever it happens to be, move beyond “read and forget” to Subject: Write the Title/ Author/ Page of what you read. Observation: Summarize what you read, including anythingworthy of noting.
  9. 9. Application: Describe how the reading inspired you and what you are going to do as a result of that reading. If applicable, add any new actions to your context-based action lists. Important Tasks/ Goals for Today Important Tasks/ Goals for Today, Beyond the one task that needs to be accomplished, there will be several important tasks or goals for the day. Review your action lists, noting priority tasks. Transfer two or three of these to this section, giving yourself a little nudge. Of course, this does not take the place of your sure you have these on your calendar. Purchases Item Price Category Purchases This gives you a small place to track your spending for the day. There are six boxes. If you are buying more than six items per day, perhaps you are buying too much. Item is what you bought, price is the amount you paid for the item, category should match your budget so that you can better track your spending. Bonus Tip: all of your accounts, comparing your spending habits to your goals. 9
  10. 10. Number of email messages: hSimply write the number of email messages sitting in your email box. inThere is a direct correlation between levels of stress and the number sof “undealt with” email messages. Check out to learn yyour email inbox and adding stress to your life!Deal with every email once. Never simply “check your email”. Instead, processyour email to completion every time.2. Check less frequently.The masters only check email twice a day. I process email at 12, 4, and 8.If you can, trash the message or get someone else to handle the issue.4. Process to zero.The goal is to only deal with each email once. Once you deal with the F a n Nutrition s Time Notes t n S A ____ glasses of water ____ vitamins s aNutrition juInspiration for this section came from several sources including Bill h
  11. 11. here for meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner with two spaces for snack in between. Record the time, the meal, and any notes. There is also a space for the amount of water you drank and whether or not you took your vitamins that day. Fitness Record Cardio/ Notes:s muscle group muscle group muscle group muscle group muscle group exercise exercise exercise exercise exercise weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps Fitness record and the weight-training workout plan. I try to do a bit of cardio every day, noting the time, distance, and calories burned. You can also use this section to keep track of other types of exercise, such as Yoga or TaeBo. training workout. Boxes include muscle group, exercise, weight, and number of reps. Sleep Bed Time: Wake Time: Total Sleep: Sleep Are you getting enough sleep? Tracking the amount of time you are sleeping will help you determine the relationship between your sleep and energy level during the day. This section is fairly straightforward, just record the time you went to bed, the time you woke up, and the total hours of sleep you had. You may be surprised. 11
  12. 12. Thursday / /DateSimply enter the day of the week, the numerical date, the month, and Lthen the year. For example: Thursday 07/04/13- For Thursday, the fourth Sof July, 2013. Input (Reading/ Listening) tInput (Reading/ Listening)inspirational, and valuable information throughout the day. Pick the top -to an audio book, read a book, or glanced at a magazine. - - Output (Writing) TOutputjust feed on information all of the time, but be able to synthesize and tuse that information. Outputs include article writing, posting to your blog, ttwittering, speaking on a topic, or having a conversation about what I nread.
  13. 13. Long Term Goals Long term goalsh Somewhere near the end of each day, I take a 50,000 foot view at my today, what will this action, if continued daily, lead up to?” -What inspired you today? -What challenged you? -Any new solutions/ inventions/ ideas? Thank you notes! Who Why Sent Thank you notes! thank you notes each day. In this section, I write the name of who I wantg, to thank, why I am thanking them, and check when I sent the thank you note. This will help you keep a record of who you want to send a card to, 13
  14. 14. Time Wasters What WhenTime wastersThere are several time wasters I try to avoid on a daily basis. These SThis is a place to write down your particular time waster and when youwasted it. This daily log will help you review the patterns that lead tothese time wasting activities. c p gOnce a task is crossed off your contextual-based to do list in the front ofthis journal, take a few extra seconds and bask in the accomplishment T n b High LowHigh/ LowLook back on the day, consider your largest success and greatestfrustration. For me, these are usually personal interactions, anconversation or unaccomplished task for the low.
  15. 15. Surving or Thriving spiritual -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| nutrition -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| intellectual -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| overall -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Surviving or Thriving considering a daily journal. I wanted a tangible way to measure my progress each day. Was the day a success? Am I moving towards my goals? If not, what can I put in place to improve that area? For example, There are ten marks, from 1 on the left, to 10 on the right.f Thank you for taking the time to read through this brief introduction. As never thought possible. Share your suggestions and success stories at 15
  16. 16. complete? Inspirational Reading Subject Observation Application Important Tasks/ Goals for Today Purchases Nutrition Item Price Category Time NotesNumber of email messages: ____ glasses of water ____ vitamins Fitness Record Cardio/ Notes: muscle group muscle group muscle group muscle group muscle group exercise exercise exercise exercise exercise weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps weight reps 70
  17. 17. Sleep Bed Time: Wake Time: Total Sleep: / / Input (Reading/ Listening) Output (Writing) Long Term Goals Thank you notes! Time Wasters Who Why Sent What When Surviving or Thriving?High spiritual -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| nutrition - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|Low intellectual - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | overall -|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| 71
  18. 18. Weekly Review for the week of: / to /done? step-by-step review process collect loose papers and place into inbox review your calendar, processing uncaptured action items look over upcoming calendar, listing next actions write down any nagging thoughts review your next action lists review your waiting for list, send reminders if necessary review your outstanding projects list any other lists to process/ review? review someday/ maybe list, delete or transfer items browse through all in-progress areas for actions and waiting fors add any new, thought-provoking, risk-taking ideas to your system Did you thrive this week? category S T W Th F S total #days Average spiritual nutrition intellectual overall
  19. 19. category S T W Th F S total #days Average sleep water vitamins emailtime wasters Weekly Narrative Summary 81
  20. 20. Collection Page(random ideas, nagging thoughts, to do items)
  21. 21. Collection Page(random ideas, nagging thoughts, to do items)