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You may think that journals are only for starry-eyed teenagers but the truth is, a well-planned journal, along with a good planner can go a long way in helping you succeed in your business. By keeping a journal and using a planner of some kind, you’ll ensure that your goals are prioritized into daily actions that lead to success, without needing any type of willpower whatsoever.

Stops Procrastination – One reason people procrastinate isn’t even as deep as underlying fear of success. Most of the time it’s just because they don’t know what to do and they don’t have a clear idea of the order they should do things or why. Creating a journal that describes in detail the deliverables will help you set up the schedule of tasks better.

Reduces Self-Sabotage – When you’re being more mindful, which journaling requires, you will end negative self-talk (and thus, self-sabotage). You’re looking at the results, which is going to be self-motivating and encouraging.

Keeps You on Track – Nothing can keep you on track as much as a good schedule. Taking the time to assess your goals and dreams and how it all works together, along with combining your personal life and business life together, is really the most realistic way to stay on track and experience true time freedom.

Holds You Accountable – Calendars are just tools to remind you of the date. But a real journal and planner are tools that can help you hold yourself accountable if you get into the habit of entering and reviewing the data.

Helps You Prioritize – When you take the time each day to review what you have done, what you need to do, and what is really happening in your real life, it’s going to help you create priorities that really make sense.

Assists with Visualizing Your Goals – Having to write about your hopes and dreams, along with a review of what happened, makes your goals so much clearer. This is especially true if you give yourself permission to imagine the biggest dreams that almost seem impossible (but of course are not impossible if you just follow the steps to get there).

Creates Your Action Steps Naturally – Each day, you’ll want to write a list of issues and challenges as well as deadlines approaching in your journal, which is going to help you organize your planner better. Since life and work-life always collide, it seems unnatural to keep everything separate.

Helps You Become Better – By writing about your experiences, even if you just write one-word “bullet” entries, it will help you learn from mistakes and success faster because it’ll help you become much more mindful about the effects of each action. Writing down a review of your work or experience is an excellent way to learn from it.

By using a business journal and a planner, you can see very clearly at a glance who your customers are, what your own hopes and dreams are, the problems you address, and the solutions you offer. Then you can use that information to advance your goals each and every day.