(This is a continuation on item number 8 of my list “26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years”)
I have to give a shout out to James Altucher for turning me on to the ideas practice. All I’ve done in my Microjournaling is added writing the date and listing one thing I’m grateful for. Both of these are critical in my opinion.
One thing I have to point out about the ideas portion:
Do not expect to come up with 10 good ideas each morning.
People get turned on to this practice instead of journaling because they expect more results. They say things like:
“Ooh, we can come away with actionable ideas if we do this! Why bother journaling?
That’s not the point.
Many times I start this routine in the morning with one good idea. I then force myself to write at least 9 more ideas even if I feel they are all garbage.
But every time (and I’m not exaggerating here) I start my day with the Microjournaling practice, I come up with more ideas throughout the day.
See it’s not about walking away from your morning routine with a bunch of business ideas. If you go into the practice with that expectation, you’ll be disappointed.
The whole point is to prime your mind to look for solutions instead of problems. What better result could you ask from a morning routine?