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.
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!
Marc M. Busko
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!
Marc M. Busko
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.
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.
Marc M. Busko