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Life Hack: The Five-Minute Journal

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

There’s nothing worse than waking up feeling like we are not good enough and that somewhere out there, is a better life for us that we haven’t found. Here’s how we can turn things around with just 5 minutes a day.


What it does - it helps us make our days better, by changing the way we see our days, our lives and the world around us.

How it works - just 5 minutes a day, writing down the answers to 3 questions in the morning, and 2 questions at night.

How the magic happens - we tell our minds to focus on what is good in our daily lives, what we can do to make it better, and we remind ourselves who we are - the person we are, the person we can be and the person we want to be.

Some snippets:

What we need to do - just fill in a page a day and do it consecutively for a few days, and then take it from there.

It works. It has changed the way I see things, people and events around me, and it puts my mind in a good place every morning, and a better place every evening before I sleep.

The journal isn't cheap and it costs USD25 (RM100), but what made me get it for myself and the people I care about was asking myself a simple question - how much would a better and happier day for us be worth? Just one day? Heck, we spend more than that on drinks alone sometimes. But I know that not everyone thinks or can afford to think and do the same, so we can start even without buying it. We can write the same in any notebook we can find and answer (in a single sentence) the following 3 questions in the morning and the 2 at night:

If you decide to go ahead and get the actual physical journal, which I highly, highly recommend because it has a lot more information on how to get the best out of it, you can get it here. It's not dated, so it's up to you entirely when to write and when not too.

One of the small joys for me is when I read back on my previous entries - it reminds me of some things I've forgotten, and it reminds me of the peson I want to be and the life I want to live. And that made and is still making all the difference for me. I hope this helps, and happy five-minute journalling!

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