DotConnect’s Rituals: A Guide to Journaling for Professional Success

Top view of pen on open notebook with blank pages.

Okay. We want you to answer this question truthfully. How many times have you gone to the store to purchase a shiny new notebook with the intention of starting a daily journaling practice, only to find that journal collecting dust on your shelf after only three days of use?

Look, we don’t mean to call you out! When we were first starting out, we were guilty of it too.

Like any new daily practice, journaling can be really difficult when you start out, especially if you don’t have any guidance in your writing. That’s what this blog post is for. We’re giving you examples of journaling prompts our team uses to get ourselves grounded and ready for the day ahead.

But first, a quick word on journaling, just in case you aren’t convinced about starting a journaling practice yet.

We highly, highly recommend starting a journaling practice. Why? The list of benefits is truly endless, but we’ll highlight some key points for you.

Writing in your journal is a really great way to learn more about yourself. And, making it a daily practice ensures that you check-in with yourself emotionally each and every day, allowing you to start seeing patterns in your behavior or your feelings over time. Journaling can help you manage your stress levels and unpack the anxieties and worries that come up in your life. It can help you connect to and realize your dearest values. It can help you be more creative. The list goes on.

Journaling can take as little as ten minutes of your day, but the effects of those ten minutes radiate to every part of our day, our week, our month, and even our year.

Not convinced yet? Try one of these prompts for a week, and see how you feel!

Daily Gratitude Practice

Our fearless leader, Dom Farnan (Founder & CEO of DotConnect), swears by this practice. Once you try it, we’re confident you’ll swear by it too.

As Dom shares in our previous blog post, Three Mindset Shifts that Can Help Shift Your Career, by writing down and connecting to the things in her life that she is grateful for, she has been able to shift her focus away from the things that she doesn’t have and towards all the wonderful things that she does have. And, in doing so, she changed her overall mindset from one of scarcity to abundance. Now, she’s grounded in the present and open to the future, all thanks to this daily practice.

And, to make things even better, this practice couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is write down three things you’re grateful for. Seriously, that’s it. We swear.

This quick and dirty, super practical daily practice will take you all of five minutes in the morning, and it will leave your heart feeling full for the rest of the day. Not only that, but you’ll start to be able to notice the patterns in the things you write down.

Do you often write down material goods? Do certain people’s names show up often? Take note, and allow those things/people to take up more space in your life. You’ll find that doing so helps you.

Morning Pages

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to feel boxed in by a prompt or forced to write about the same thing over and over again, allow us to introduce you to the perfect journaling practice for you.

This daily ritual is called “Morning Pages,” and it comes from a book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This practice is intended to allow your mind and your thoughts to flow from your brain to your pen to your journal paper, uninterrupted. It’s basically a stream of consciousness writing session.

This practice is literally writing down whatever comes into your mind until you fill three pages. It can be about anything and everything. Your worries, what your day looks like, a part of your past you’re struggling to let go, or even what you had for dinner last night. The possibilities are endless.

There is only one rule: fill three pages.

This practice is known for allowing you to develop a clear mind, kickstart creativity, and learn more about yourself. You’ll be surprised how easily you can fill three pages when you let your thoughts guide you!

Pick-a-Prompt

This practice is perfect for those who need structure in their journaling practice but easily get bored if they write the same prompts over and over.

This method leaves your daily prompt entirely to chance!

First, find a list of journaling prompts from your favorite thought leader or blog. We like this list from Psychology Today, PsychCentral, and this list from Thought Catalog.

Next, note the number of prompts on your list. Grab a jar, and fill it with numbered pieces of paper from 1 to however many prompts you have.

Leave the jar right next to your journal. When you wake up in the morning, draw a number, find the corresponding prompt, and get writing.

This is a great way to explore a wider range of journaling topics and gain deeper understanding of multiple aspects of your emotional life. Not only that, you’re less likely to get bored of your daily journaling practice — the element of surprise keeps it fun and fresh!

It’s time to dust off that old, unused notebook on your shelf and get to discovering more about yourself! You’ll be surprised how much you learn and how good you feel when you start a journaling practice consistently. We’re excited to see you embark on this new daily practice!