BUILDING A HABIT OF SELF REFLECTION
Reeta Banerjee
reeta@stanford.edu
WHY JOURNAL?
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Journaling builds self awareness
When you know yourself, you can make
better life decisions.
MOST PEOPLE TYPICALLY WRITE ABOUT
THEIR INTERESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
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Facebook Interests
reveal hobbies or
favo...
WHAT’S MISSING?
Info about yourself

Facebook
“About me”

Fun interests (hobbies)

✔

Topic interests

Skills
Bright spots...
WHAT’S MISSING?
Info about yourself

Facebook
“About me”

Fun interests (hobbies)

✔

Topic interests

Skills

Twitter
Pos...
EVERYTHING THAT’S WRITTEN ABOUT YOURSELF
ONLINE IS WRITTEN FOR A PUBLIC AUDIENCE

What’s missing from online records?
Thin...
PEOPLE THINK JOURNALING
REQUIRES A LONG BLOCK OF TIME
•

Actually, writing down one experience and
one lesson learned on a...
JOURNALING GETS EASIER IF YOU ADD IT TO AN
EXISTING SYSTEM YOU USE
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Dropbox
Evernote
Paper Notebook
Binder
Verb...
ONE THOUGHT EVERY DAY ADDS UP TO A LARGE
REPOSITORY OF SELF REALIZATIONS

You can use the repository anytime you need
to m...
THOUGHTS/FEEDBACK?

Would love to hear it!
 reeta@stanford.edu

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What few people realize about journaling

  1. 1. BUILDING A HABIT OF SELF REFLECTION Reeta Banerjee reeta@stanford.edu
  2. 2. WHY JOURNAL? • • Journaling builds self awareness When you know yourself, you can make better life decisions.
  3. 3. MOST PEOPLE TYPICALLY WRITE ABOUT THEIR INTERESTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES • • • Facebook Interests reveal hobbies or favorites Twitter posts & people you’re following reveal your topic interests Linkedin skills show what you’re good at
  4. 4. WHAT’S MISSING? Info about yourself Facebook “About me” Fun interests (hobbies) ✔ Topic interests Skills Bright spots (moments of personal success) Development areas Personal Goals Values Twitter Posts Linkedin Skills&Expertise ✔ ✔
  5. 5. WHAT’S MISSING? Info about yourself Facebook “About me” Fun interests (hobbies) ✔ Topic interests Skills Twitter Posts Linkedin Skills&Expertise ✔ ✔ Bright spots (moments of personal success) Development areas Personal Goals Values THIS IS WHERE JOURNALING CAN FILL THE GAP
  6. 6. EVERYTHING THAT’S WRITTEN ABOUT YOURSELF ONLINE IS WRITTEN FOR A PUBLIC AUDIENCE What’s missing from online records? Things that you learn about yourself that you don’t necessarily want to share with the world
  7. 7. PEOPLE THINK JOURNALING REQUIRES A LONG BLOCK OF TIME • Actually, writing down one experience and one lesson learned on average takes less than 5 minutes. • The test: • • Students self reported how long it took them to write a Daily Self-Insight. The average time to write that one thought is less than 5 minutes.
  8. 8. JOURNALING GETS EASIER IF YOU ADD IT TO AN EXISTING SYSTEM YOU USE • • • • • Dropbox Evernote Paper Notebook Binder Verbally dictated note to a phone Using an existing system means that there’s one less habit you have to create in writing and storing information about yourself.
  9. 9. ONE THOUGHT EVERY DAY ADDS UP TO A LARGE REPOSITORY OF SELF REALIZATIONS You can use the repository anytime you need to make a big life decision.
  10. 10. THOUGHTS/FEEDBACK? Would love to hear it!  reeta@stanford.edu 

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