I’ve tried MindJournal for 30 days, and it changed my life.
I cannot remember things.
Since I was young, I had to note everything, or I would forget my homework, meetings with friends, or even my ideas.
In the beginning, I feared an attention problem. I thought I couldn’t pay enough attention to people to remember what they told me. But it wasn’t my problem — I was overthinking.
Most content creators suffer from this condition. They generate so many ideas they cannot keep in their minds. So taking notes becomes necessary.
But noting ideas is not enough. You have to analyze those thoughts to become a successful creator, or you will never transform your ideas into successful content. And the combination of taking notes and growing them is journaling. So journaling can save your content creation career and help you find balance.
Journaling for Content Creators
Content creators need to store their ideas for two reasons:
- Each idea needs time to mature before they understand its worth.
- Their mind cannot store everything, not even the random ideas they have during the day. And if you don’t note them, you will soon forget about them.
Most beginner creators store slices of their ideas in big content pools they will never uncover. So you keep them closed, without trimming or cutting, and try to take out only the best ones. Or, at least, what you think it’s best in the heat of the moment.
However, only a few things you consider top tier at a specific moment are that way. So before spending hours of useless work, analyze each idea and discard what doesn’t work. Or, perhaps, transform it into something more appealing for your audience.
Journaling makes you avoid uninteresting, old, or not practical content — everything people will never consume. And if you stick to it, journaling can save your content creation career and life.
Half an hour a day is enough to recollect your ideas, analyze them, and see what works. And MindJournal can help you find those successful ideas that attract readers and abandon everything that doesn’t.
How MindJournal Can Save Your Content Creation Career
I first came across MindJournal around two months ago. I have recently started a new job, and my boss thought having a good mindset could help people become more productive. So he gifted each new employee this bizarre agenda.
Most of my colleagues never even opened it. But I appreciated this small gift more than every other asset because I knew I could have used it to improve my life as a content creator and a software developer.
After 30 days, MindJournal improved my life in two directions.
I started using MindJournal because of my new career as a software developer and content creator. The new job was sucking away all my energy. And I had to rethink the way I was creating content because I couldn’t do it anymore I was doing before.
But thanks to MindJournal, I understood I had too many goals, some of which were useless. So I paused those that weren’t beneficial for my current situation and started working only on the necessary ones.
Sometimes, you pursue a goal only out of habit. And journaling can help you understand your intentions better. Therefore, you can remove any unnecessary tasks or delay them until you are ready.
Journaling doesn’t only help you focus on the best career choices you can make but also on life decisions. And with MindJournal, you will have plenty of prompts to discuss internally.
I never thought so deeply about what made me happy. But in the first days, I found this prompt, and I had to think about it.
Also, tracking feelings every day helped me understand their cause. I understood what made me sad, happy, motivated, stressed, insecure, optimistic, frustrated, angry, excited, and everything else. Thus, I learned what to avoid or attract to live a happier life.
How to Journal For Content Creation (in Only Four Steps)
1 — Keep your journal visible.
When I first started journaling, consistency was my worst enemy. I wanted to journal because it was helping me, but I always forgot or delayed it until it was too late.
But as soon as I put my journal on my desk, I never skipped it once because keeping it visible made it a priority on my to-do list.
If consistency is the problem, keep your journal visible. Put it where you can see it many times a day. For example, you can put it on your desk, in the kitchen, or even at your bedside if you love journaling before sleep.
2 — Don’t underestimate your feelings.
Being a content creator exposes you to criticism and insecurities. And if you ignore those feelings, they could worsen and become unbearable.
But if you start your journaling session with a brief overview of your feelings, it will be easier to cope with the pain or enjoy the pleasure.
Sometimes, your stress will prevent you from working at full speed. Or your excitement will make you more productive than other days. But if you miss these emotions, you lose their potential. So your journaling habit has to include this feature.
Unfortunately, giving a name to your feelings is complicated at first. But MindJournal gives you a prompt with many emotions you can check based on your current internal state.
3 — Make goal statements.
You risk failing or missing your goals if you forget about them too often. So making goal statements is the perfect practice to keep firing up the motivation that will make you pursue them.
When you state your goals, two important things happen:
- First, you check your progress and understand how you are doing. Perhaps you are behind, and you need to work more. Or you are so ahead that you can relax a little.
- Second, you motivate yourself to do better. Every time you state your goals, you remember why you set them and reignite your desire.
And MindJournal provides two small sections for this step. In one, you can write three of your goals. On the other, you can write three of your achievements.
4 — Analyze and expand your ideas.
Once you complete the check-in phase, you can skip to the analysis of your ideas.
Each parent thinks their children are the best. And content creators are no different. But instead of children, they make ideas. And criticizing your imagination is a job that requires training and repetition.
The very first try will be awful. And you won’t find any flaws in your ideas if you have never done it. But with consistency, you will start to understand what works and why. And how you can transform a fascinating opinion into a viral post.
MindJournal got you covered even here because it provides three pages to analyze and expand your ideas. And there is also a daily prompt you can discuss that could make you generate even more ideas.
I had a problem with remembering things and keeping track of everything that was going on in my life. But from the moment I discovered MindJournal, everything changed.
My writing career has taken a new twist, and I am starting to understand what my audience loves. So I can avoid spending time on articles nobody will read.
Also, I have better control over my emotions, and I can recognize them better. If I cannot write one day, I should not force myself into doing it, or I would only lose time.
Journaling saved my content creation career and decluttered my life, and it can do the same for you. So start that journal, keep it close, and never let it go.
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