Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

On Monday, I posted a blog about how much harder it gets to work on yourself when the work begins to pay off. In that post, I mentioned the simple disciplines that I practiced daily and allowed me to have my best year ever but have somehow stopped doing. As I look at my calendar for 2018, it’s starting pretty empty because of the work that I’ve failed to do. In fact, it was a look at my calendar that led me to try the Self Journal.

If you’ve paid any attention to social media this year, you’ve no doubt noticed that the rage of 2017 is the Bullet Journal. Everyone has been talking about it. Everyone seems to be releasing their own. After a workshop one day, a participant asked if I had heard of the Best Self Journal. When I told her that I hadn’t, she showed me hers, and I was hooked.

In a nutshell, The Self Journal is a bullet journal created for a 13 week time period designed around seven principles. These principles help bring those simple disciplines that I’ve been neglecting to my attention and bring back the focus that I need to get myself back on track and kill my goals. They Are:

Craft Your Goals Into A 13 Week Roadmap

This was, for me, the hardest part. I have a lot of goals, but breaking them down into 13-week stretches was challenging. By doing the exercise, however, I found daily and weekly targets that I had to hit in order to reach them.

Zero Based Calendar

This principle equates to scheduling every minute of every day. Early last year, I started drafting how I wanted my day to go every day in a notebook. It was my own private schedule that I would lay out every morning. The interesting thing that came from this was that it actually started to play out that way. Using the schedule listed in the journal, I’ve kept this practice and it has allowed me to focus on doing what I can when I can.

Prioritized, Proactive, and Productive

This principle suggests actually scheduling the highest priorities of every day first and then filling rest of the day’s activities around them. This has been a killer for me. When I talk about those simple disciplines, other activities push them out, but what gets scheduled, gets done and this is a key making sure what’s getting done are the most important things every day.

Flexibility & Freedom

I don’t schedule my weekends. The fact that the journal comes updated, I’m not locked into wasting pages. It also allows me to start or stop whenever I want to. This is a gift.

Tracking & Reflection

There is a built-in habit tracker that allows you to set activity goals every week and then track your progress. Because I want to read, write and workout more consistently, this tracker has been my way of holding myself accountable.

Bookend Your Day With Positive Psychology

It’s amazing how much better I feel when I begin and end every day by listing three things that I’m grateful for. Gratitude is a powerful emotion anyway, and using it to start and end my day with it helps keep me grounded and centered.


I’ve written, spoken and used the phrase consistency trumps talent so many times that my kids are tired of hearing it, but the Self Journal, is, right now my key to being consistent with the simple disciplines that will determine my success.

The interesting thing is that you don’t have to buy the fancy Self Journal to use these principles, but I found that investing the $32 that it costs was a reminder to me that I have to use it. So far, I’m loving my results. Try one for yourself and let me know what you think.

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