So I’ve seen the app ‘Five Minute Journal’ mentioned a few times by the odd blogger, both on twitter and on their own blogs, and I’ve been completely intrigued by the idea.
The premise it simple: take a grand total of five minutes out of each day to basically sort your life out. A few mins in the morning when you wake up or eat breakfast or whatever, and a few just before you hit the hay. Pretty chill. Pretty non-intrusive. (And realistically, 5 minutes is way longer than the whole thing takes. I give it two minutes, absolute maximum.)
So how does it work?
On opening the app, the first thing that pops up is one of those motivation quote things. It changes each day and 99% of the time they’re absolutely lovely (and sometimes I just don’t really get them…). Once you’ve hit the little cross in the corner, the home screen appears.
Okay so the morning entry consists of completing three questiony things: three things you’re grateful for, three things that will make your day great, and one daily affirmation to take into your day. It’s super chill and because you’re the only one reading it you don’t have to worry about any of that instagram ‘I’m grateful for avocados’ stuff, unless you want to. Mine tend to be things like being grateful that I don’t have school today, or affirmations that I’m ‘actually pretty cool.’ I tend to fill it in on the metro to school at about 9am but you do you.
The evening half consists of 3 good things that happened today (‘I ate a cupcake’, ‘I didn’t fail my exam’, etc.) and one sneaky little way that you can improve for the next day (‘I’m perfect so…’, ‘eat more pizza’). I fill it in just before bed, post teeth brushing and makeup removing.
Finally, you can add a little picture for the day. A little snapshot of what made you happy or whatever. Good times.
I’m not normally one for things like this. ‘Mindfulness’ or whatever really isn’t my cup of tea. I find it hard to actually relax and so things like meditation and yoga tend to actually just stress me out more. I like to do my own thing and go at my own pace. That said, this app has helped me a lot.
Sure at £3.99 it is kinda steep for something you can easily do yourself with a pen and paper, or even just in your notes app, but that’s cool. I like the structure the app gives my day, the gentle reminders, and the fact that you can look back wherever you are.
I wake up with purpose and go to bed happy that I’ve worked on making the day a little better than the one before and I’m totally down for that. No fuss, no stress, no awful guilt when you haven’t really achieved anything. All chill.
What keeps you motivated from day to day?
Do you keep track of the things you’re grateful about?