The Power of Daily Journaling

I’ve always loved to reflect on how my day went, what I accomplished, what I didn’t accomplish, and other fun things that make each day unique. But, the way I did this was in my head. I would run through my day and mentally try to connect the dots from 5:00am (when I get up) to 9:00pm (when I go to sleep). It was mentally draining to say the least. I found myself purely overwhelmed, and the worst part was I didn’t have anything to reference for the next day because the thoughts, and experiences disappeared from my brain while I slept.

I started journaling about two years ago after learning that I loved to write. I would write about my day, the highs, the lows, the people I met, the things I did. It was a great way to perform a daily brain dump as I call it. I would do this before I went to bed, and it was a great way to finish the day with a clear mind.

But lately, I haven’t been journaling. Call it laziness, lack of time, travel time, or any other excuse that you can think of. I just re-opened my Evernote notebook: Journal, and realized I haven’t wrote a journal entry since my 21st birthday on September 1st. I was shocked. How could I go nearly three months and not open my notebook and write a short post (less then 200 words).

I decided that I needed to re-commit to this great daily activity. I read some helpful blog posts from Michael Hyatt, and I haven’t looked back since.

Here’s an example of the daily questions I ask myself each morning after I finish my morning workout.

  • What did I do yesterday? I like to reflect and see if I can remember almost all the things I did the previous day.
  • What did I learn? This question has helped me focus on learning something new everyday. It has challenged me to seek out learning experiences and opportunities.
  • What am I thankful for right now? This question is amazingly helpful. I love asking myself each morning what I’m thankful for. Almost every morning it’s something different. Like yesterday 12/9/13, I was thankful that my little brother, David went out and completed the grocery shopping for the week while I was working. It’s the little things; and by asking yourself this question you can be in a constant state of thanks and gratitude.
  • How am I feeling right now? This question really helps you understand your daily feelings. Are you tired, excited, happy, sad, sore, bitter, mellow. By understanding how you feel, you will be able to better frame your day, and what things you would like to accomplish. Once again, on 12/9/13, I was feeling super tired. I was just exhausted, so what did I do, I took a nap from 3:30-4:00pm. I woke up, felt great, and worked for six more hours.
  • What are my plans for today? This question is great to help you look at your calendar and to-do list for the day. What do you have going on today? Are you over-booked? Do you have some free time? How are you best going to use today?
  • Lastly, what is the one thing I must accomplish today? Now, from the previous question, you have to ask yourself this important question. If everything else goes up in frames, you experience interruptions all day, everything goes wrong. What is the one thing that you NEED to complete in order for yourself to call it a successful day?

I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe now you will pick up a pen, pencil, journal, or start typing on a keyboard each day about how your day went. Use the above questions for guidance, but also try and create your own!

 

Live Passionately,

Marc M. Busko

marc@marcbusko.com

Why I Left College: Part 2

Like I mentioned in early October, I wanted to put together a string of posts on my experiences of taking a year away from school.

Well, here we are, the start of December and a lot has changed since my last post.  After looking long and hard at myself I realized that I desire to complete my degree.

I will be going back to school starting in January, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m going to be completing my degree online and am still numbering down the schools I would like to finish at.  What’s so exciting is I will be able to major in entrepreneurship and small business!

The reason I decided to head back to school was my desire to finish something I started, and have worked very hard at. I have 62 credits complete, and have 60 more to go. How could I not finish something I’m so close to completing! I also will have the opportunity to major in the industry I desire to major in, entrepreneurship. My father is also my motivation to head back to school. Because of my father’s service to the Army, I’ve been able to go to school for free for the past two years (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill). I will be able to complete my degree nearly debt-free because of my dad. Thank you for your service dad!

Besides my decision to head back to school, this fall has been filled with travel! I’m starting to understand what it means to be a “road warrior.” As I write this post, I have been on the ground for nearly one week. The past five weeks I spent on and off the road. Three days on, one day off, four days on, two days off. I learned over the past five weeks that I truly love traveling, I love airports, and flying fascinates me. The people I’ve been meeting in airports, on airplanes, and in different cities across the country has been my favorite part! But I’m also learning how strenuous travel has been on my schedule and myself. I didn’t work out nearly as much as I hoped while I was traveling, I consumed too much caffeine, I didn’t get to see as much of each city I had hoped, I missed some of friends birthdays, and my daily prayer and journaling schedule was not consistent at all.

But needless to say, I absolutely love traveling, I do need to get better at it, but I have a while!

What’s been really exciting during this fall is a local mastermind group that my friends and I put together. It’s a group of five guys that are entrepreneurs, or are interested in entrepreneurship that get together and chat about life, business, productivity, struggles, hardships, and advice. The group has helped elevate, push, and motivate each of us.

I’m really excited to finish out this year strong, and I hope you can finish 2013 strong as well!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

 

Live passionately,

Marc M. Busko

Book review- Go Put Your Strengths to Work

I just finished reading Go Put Your Strengths To Work by Marcus Buckingham! It was one of the best books on strengths that I’ve ever read.

I used to read a strengths books every six-months or so in order to continue to learn more about my strengths. But lately I’ve found myself reading a bunch of different types of business/leadership books. This book was an incredible help to me, and came at just the right time of the season. Mr. Buckingham’s text challenged me to look at my strengths in a different context, one that I’ve never looked at before.

The book is divided into 6 different sections, and each section has a specific focus.

  • Section 1 focuses on busting the myths of your strengths and challenges the reader to uncover their strengths.
  • Section 2 helps you see clarity in regards to your strengths. Section 2 also helps you start to define what your strengths are.
  • Section 3 forces you to start making the most of your strengths, and how to set up your day in a way that you’re operating within your strengths.
  • Section 4 helps you define what your weaknesses are. We all have weaknesses, but Mr. Buckingham challenges the reader to find ways to begin operating less and less in areas that you’re weak in.
  • Section 5 brings together the people around you, and helps you begin to surround yourself with people that all have different types of strengths in order to create the best teams.
  • Section 6 reinforces your strengths, and challenges the reader to create strong habits in order to continue to operate in your strengths.

This book really opened my eyes to reviewing what strengths I possess, and it’s funny, the strengths I had when I was 12 or 15 are still strengths that I possess today.

If you’re interested in learning more about your strengths, and how you can begin operating more and more around your strengths, I highly recommend this book.

Here is the link to purchase Go Put Your Strengths to Work on Amazon.

 

Happy reading!

Marc M. Busko

La Cueva High School DECA

What an incredible day in Albuquerque, New Mexico! I had the opportunity to speak to 260 passionate DECA students at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was my first time in New Mexico, and we joked the whole day that I brought the Wisconsin weather with me. When I woke up, it was 28 degrees and there was snow on the ground. I couldn’t believe it. I hoped I would be able to hang out in my shorts and a t-shirt, maybe catch some sun, but that wasn’t the case.

The reason I was able to come out to New Mexico was because of two incredible students. Maddie Redmond and Steven Hathoot messaged me through Twitter about a month ago and asked if I would be able to come out and talk to their DECA chapter about entrepreneurship. How could I say no to that?!

Maddie and Steven are running a DECA campaign titled, Who Can Be An Entrepreneur. The campaign is focused on helping La Cueva High School students, and outside community members learn more about entrepreneurship, and understand the importance of entrepreneurs.

To say it lightly, I was very, very impressed by their campaign. Three years earlier I had won first place in the world with a similar campaign, so I already came in with high expectations. But Maddie and Steven did an incredible job.

Today we focused on entrepreneurship. I had the opportunity to talk with the La Cueva DECA students for 45 minutes about DECA, and the importance of entrepreneurship. It was an incredible presentation! I had an absolute blast with the students of La Cueva High School today.

I’m very excited to continue to work with Maddie and Steven and help them with their entrepreneurship promotion titled, Who Can Be An Entrepreneur.

Thanks La Cueva High School for the incredible day today. A special thank you to Mrs. Redmond for sponsoring me to come out to New Mexico and for putting me up in an amazing hotel.

#GetPassionate 

How to Travel the World On $50 a Day

I just finished an incredible book that I couldn’t put down. How to Travel the World On $50 a Day by Nomadic Matt  was one of the most practical books I’ve ever read.

I don’t remember why I bought Matt’s book, maybe it was the striking title that said you could travel the WORLD on $50 bucks a day. But after I completed the first chapter I surely couldn’t put it down.

The idea of traveling around the world for an entire year used to nearly impossible. It used to be super expensive, and conventional society says it is something to save until you’re 65 or 70. But in all reality, what can you seriously explore at that age? Maybe see a few museums, or a performance? Defiantly not do all the things I want to do now in my 20′s.

I was hit with the travel bug after reading Tim Ferris’ book, The 4-Hour Work Week and learned about mini-vacations and mini-retirements. It opened up a different way to live life.

Matt’s book helped me learn about HOW to actually travel for three-months, six-months and even a year, and also how to do it on a budget.

Throughout the book Matt details many of his personal experiences and how he saved money in each country he has traveled in.

Matt covers:

  • How to prepare for your extended vacation or trip
  • How to utilize travel credit cards to get free flights and hotel stays
  • How to find reasonable priced lodging
  • How to eat on a budget, but still enjoy the traditional cuisine
  • How to save money on all the sightseeing within each country
  • How to travel within each country

If you’re interested in traveling, whether it’s a two-week trip or a year-long experience, Matt’s book, How to Travel the World On $50 a Day will help make that dream a reality.

To your travels,

 

Marc M. Busko