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The Teacher Tunnel Podcast is a real, entertaining and enlightening look at teacher and leaders in education and beyond. We learn from these leaders narrative, daily rituals, habits, and routines. As a teacher and life-long learner, Jon Belt wants to bring great people and thinkers to the surface and share their story. 

Jul 17, 2017

If you are like me you love to collect journals with the hope of filling them up, and then months go by and nothing. I always have these grand ideas of "I'm going to journal today!" I get pumped and at night I write my thoughts - maybe even the next day I write something down and like any new skill, the excitement slowly fizzles and the journals start collecting dust. I have a nice collection of journals.

There are numerous amounts of health benefits to journaling, and here are some blog posts I have found to be helpful plus this helps me to justify having so many blank journals. 

https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/
https://penzu.com/journaling-benefits
https://confinedtosuccess.com/benefits-of-journaling-for-mental-health/

Last year I found a journal I can actually fill in. I fill in this journal every morning and most nights, but it's not the type of journaling you are thinking. It's called the Five-Minute Journal, it's a beautifully designed hard back journal that focuses on being grateful for the day. It's more or less fill in the blank, and its mission - to take five minutes to fill it out. It comes with a daily quote and a weekly challenge. I love it, and I will continue to fill it. So, that is where I started, and lately, I began having a 'Google Doc' practice. I made a 'Google Doc' and put the date, and then I googled two-minute timer, and I have two minutes to type my thoughts, feelings, or whatever is on my mind. At first, I began with one minute, but have gradually added more time. It's a practice I get excited for, and many of the health benefits are happening from it, such as: 

  • solving problems
  • stimulating ideas
  • resolving feelings
  • building self-esteem
  • developing a positive daily practice


We can all do two minutes a day. 

Action Steps
Begin this week by just thinking about this positive practice

  1. Get your favorite empty journal (if you need one I've got plenty) -OR- create a Google Doc and title it
  2. Put the day's date
  3. Find a timer and put it on one minute
  4. Start writing - no judgments/critiques and no worries about spelling or punctuation, just write...
  5. If you are having trouble - start writing or typing about how you have nothing to say
  6. Sometimes I think of topics before I began to help the flow...
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