The 5 Questions For Journaling

Kenny Jahng —  2012/06/13 — 3 Comments

The recent post where I shared the 5 questions I sit down and ask and answer myself at the end of each week has been a popular post.  It is encouraging to hear the feedback that you are considering to start the same of simliar praxis.

For me, having a mechanism to regularly check in to increase self-awareness of various milestones I’m going through as well as the potential obstacles and opportunities ahead has been very fruitful.  Some of you have asked to be able to see and read the 5 actual questions I use in my own journal.  I print out a page with multiple copies of the set of 5 questions and then cut them out so they’re accessible whenever I need them.

five questions for your own self-reflection and productivity journal

I just opened up a new 3-pack of  8.5″ x 5.5″ thin journals which I picked-up from Staples.  I love the green color cover and the pocket inside the front cover where I can stash my little cut outs of 5 questions ready to be taped to a new page.  

Journal with pocket

There really is something to putting pen to paper and writing, drawing and listing out various things that are evolving in my head.  And having the prompt at the top of new journal entry is much better than always looking back and trying to remember which question I’m answering on a given page.

tape down the 5 questions and answer!

If you missed the video where I walk through the 5 questions in a bit more detail and what I’m trying to adress with each, check out the original video post here.

BTW, I really love reading your comments and emails and seeing how you keep yourself in check and how some of you are even modifying the questions to suit your own context/niche/industry/needs.  Be sure to leave a comment below!

Do you think a weekly journal check-in is too frequent? Not enough? Or just right?


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3 responses to The 5 Questions For Journaling

  1. I would love to journal once a week.  I really like your questions that you ask.  I think that most of those questions apply to me and I think that I may try to adopt this practice.  The issue is trying to carve out the time to do this.  I love the concept of having a journal to look back on and read through.  I love looking back, but I need to remind myself that looking back also requires looking forward and blocking out the time to do it.  Thanks for the insights Kenny.

    • One idea is to set-up a recurring email to be sent to you every week.  Your job is to reply to that email.  No matter how unpolished it may be.  Instead of a simply reply to yourself, set-up a gmail account as or something like that so that you can forward your answers and there’s a place where they are all archived.  Just a thought!

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