Welcome back to the 30-Day Productivity Challenge by the famous YouTuber, former doctor and now writer Ali Abdaal.
Yesterday we discussed the importance of reflection and how amazingly it can help you to get a better sense of what you want in your life. Here are the most important things that we have taken away from yesterday:
- 🎯 Set Yearly Goals: Define 3–5 objectives for clarity and purpose.
- 🚀 Acknowledge Wins: Celebrate last week's successes with a positive mindset.
- 🏋️ Learn from Challenges: Understand and grow from past obstacles.
- 🥇 Weekly Milestones: Establish three key goals for achievable progress.
The daily reflection
Yesterday we elaborated on my favourite way to reflect weekly reflection, but I’d like to introduce you to yet another form of reflection: daily reflection.
This is an exercise to keep you aligned with whom you want to be and remember that you don’t run on autopilot.
Let’s just go through my daily reflection so you get an idea of what that is like:
My journal prompt of the day is:
- What was my biggest win of the day? I would say there were two smaller wins today. The first was a great conversation with my friends which was genuinely funny, and we engaged in a lot of laughter. It’s crazy to see that a year ago I thought of not having great friends and that I felt alone occasionally. But now I can enjoy quality and funny time with important and great friends that I have made over the last year. I couldn’t be more thankful for them and the happiness they gave me.
The second win was probably in CS (Computer Science) class where some people had a problem with understanding their program which they had to work on, so they asked me. I am thrilled when I can help others, as contributions to my comrades bring me genuine fulfilment. In this case, especially, I loved how I helped them to see that you can approach the concern from different angles. This little win showed me that I love teaching and that I want to keep teaching things in the future.
You are welcome to change the journaling prompts. Here’s a great resource for some more: https://dayoneapp.com/blog/journal-prompts/
This, of course, gets personal. Be prepared to engage in your thoughts. And last but final tip: Just start writing.
I know many people say that they can think about the thoughts they have in their heads, but there is a dramatic difference between just thinking about them and writing them down. As the American writer Barbara Kingsolver likes to say:
“All the noise in my brain. I clamp it to the page so it will be still.”
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