The Five-Minute Journal

 At TNL, we are open-minded and love to try anything new but we’re not just about beauty, travel, health and food. What we definitely are all about is the end-result all those things bring – joy.

The Five-Minute Journal is a surefire way to find joy in your life each and every singe day, even with the smallest and/or simplest things. All you need are five minutes each day to change your outlook on life – your life. We thought that the start of a new year would be a good time to share how we’ve found our use of the journal over the last several months.

The Five Minute Journal open

Complete with daily quotes, weekly challenges and daily affirmations, co-creators Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas thought of everything with this idea.

Here are our thoughts:

The Five Minute Journal details

Ash:

I am a huge fan of the beautiful Luxy sisters, Mimi and Leyla who make videos on YouTube.  I also subscribe to Mimi’s husband, Alex who has a really informative and inspirational channel of his own. Alex is the co-creator of the Five Minute Journal along with U.J. Ramdas.

When I heard about the journal, I immediately went online to check it out. I am a firm believer in positive affirmations and thinking, so this sounded right up my alley. On the website, the Five minute journal promises, “a happier you in five minutes a day.” Perfect. I know myself, and five minutes a day is just about what I am able to commit to and sustain.

I really love that the journal has form pages with specific questions to answer each day. Each journal page has a place for the date, and provides the following starter phrases and questions for the morning…

  • I am grateful for…
  • What would make today great?
  • I am…

At night, I fill out the last portions of the page.

  • 3 amazing things that happened today
  • How could I have made today better?

These give my writing purpose and allow me to zero in on the best intentions I have for myself each day. At night, I am able to reflect upon my day. My busy life often doesn’t allow me to take this kind of time to debrief, but it is so valuable.

In addition, each page features an inspirational quote, which I absolutely love.

When I first got my journal, I filled it out religiously each day. I fell off for a bit and stopped doing it. I started again and have made a promise to myself to keep it up, as I know the benefits are huge.

First of all, when I take a few moments to fill out the journal in the morning, I feel like it prepares me mentally to take on the day with positivity and purpose. Setting goals and intentions for myself has always served me well in my life, so why wouldn’t I do this on a daily basis? The second huge benefit I have received from the 5 minute journal has been gratitude. Writing at the end of the day, allows me to note all of the truly awesome things that happened in my day. You can’t help but fall asleep smiling when you do that!

Something that surprised me about my experience with the Five Minute Journal, is that I am finding reading it just as therapeutic as writing in it. It is really amazing to look back and see all of the great little things that happened to you in the last day, or week, or month!

Before I sign off on my glowing review of the Five Minute Journal, I should mention that I do realize that you don’t need to purchase this product to reap the benefits I described. This can totally be done with any notebook. If you are the kind of person that is very expressive in writing, you may find the few lines provided in the journal to be too few for you.  However, what Alex and UJ have done, is create a journal that is convenient and inspiring for someone like me who probably would not take the time to journal if it weren’t presented to me in this handy package.

I am really happy with my Five Minute Journal and would highly recommend it!

Chris:

So I’m that annoying person who always genuinely tries to be positive and find the good in every situation. My mentality is: “I didn’t have to wake up this morning, and I did – that’s already a great start to the day”. I always find myself saying: “Well, worse things have happened”. So, needless to say, I LOVE the journal. It’s amazing how taking the time to write it down can make so much of a difference. You get a chance to reflect on each day and there’s always something to be grateful for. It doesn’t matter how much you repeat yourself day after day, because that just means you know how to count your blessings – and this is something that many of us forget to do. We’re too caught up in what we don’t have and our wants to realize that we have all we need to be happy.

Every morning in the first line of the “I am grateful for…” section, I write “for waking up” and it’s amazing how that alone puts everything into perspective. No matter how crappy the day before was, I made it through to see another day and I am going to do everything in my power to make it a great day. Our greatest gift is life, so why note make the best of it? I use the other 2 lines as a time to reflect on the things that make me happy and sometimes even write more than the 3 lines. I like the “What would make today great?” section, because I find that whatever I write there I must do. It’s like I’ve challenged myself, and there’s no way I’m backing down! It’s good to think of it as a to-do list, so I write down things I’ve been meaning to do (or work on internally) because I know it’s something I really, really need to be happy, and repeat until it’s ingrained and I get it done. That sense of accomplishment when something is completed is a reward within itself, even more than the actual thing. I can say “I did it and it felt great. I need to get that feeling more”.

The “Daily Affirmation” really determines my mood, because I know that regardless of flaws, there are many aspects or attributes for which I should be proud. I usually repeat myself here for a few days in a row, until I really believe what I wrote. I fixate on something that makes me unique and keep it at the forefront of my mind. My confidence is off the charts thanks to the daily affirmations and I find that I am less worrisome because I really believe that things will work out. And I know that things will work out, because I’m going to keep at it – especially since I wrote it down. I tend to obsess over something until I see results, so this way it all comes full circle.

Then when it gets to the nighttime reflection with the “Three amazing things that happened today” section, and no matter how small the thing is, it makes you say “today was a good day after all”. So imagine saying “today was a good day” everyday how much more enriched your life would be.  And you still have a chance to “redeem” yourself with the last section: “How could I have made today better” and try again the next day. This is also an area where I repeat myself until I get that thing done. And then I feel SO good! That sense of accomplishment is so fulfilling. I also love completing the weekly challenges, and get so excited when I get to one that makes me go “I totally do that already – sweet!”. If it is something that I hadn’t done before and I do it, I find it was easier than what I psyched myself up for and gratifying when I complete the challenge. They’re all very simple, but depending on your confidence level some might make you go: “wait, what?”.

All in all, the Five Minute journal is a good investment – not just financially but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Even on the days that I forget to write in it, I find that I make a conscious effort to remain focused on doing things for a positive outcome. I even make myself little notes, keeping the sections in mind. Once you get into the habit of writing in it, it really becomes a “habit” to look up and out or for positives. If you’ve been trying to find a way to put things into perspective (and don’t mind spending the money), this is an option that I think you’d really enjoy. Especially when you spend the money, you want to commit to it even more.

The Five Minute Journal retails for $22.95 at www.fiveminutejournal.com .

Do you use a journal? Let us know your experiences with journal writing and your tips for staying positive!

The Five Minute Journal

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7 thoughts on “The Five-Minute Journal

  1. I too have a “5 Minute Journal” and as with a lot of things, I started strong and committed but have let it fall by the wayside…this post has helped to inspire me to get back to it.
    I’m also more inspired to see the “affirmations” and “what I could have done better” sections as more positive as they sometimes are away of beating myself up about the negative…which is so wrong in a journal for positivity and happiness!
    Thanks Neon Leopard!

  2. I am an obsessive note-taker, scribbler and doodler, but never with any frequency or routine. I bought a 5-Minute Journal and have yet to crack it open – so add epic procrastinator to my list of accolades. I’m happy that you both have found it meaningful and helpful – reading about your positive experiences may be exactly the push I need to try it out. Thank you for an inspiring and motivational post, Ladies! 🙂

  3. You’re so right. Waking up everday is such a wonderful thing. I am going to make a conscious effort to be more grateful for that fact. Thanks!

  4. I am the worst journaler that ever lived! I always start writing in it and within a couple of days, I stop caring! I think it’s because I write at the end of the day and when you’re sleep deprived, the last thing you want to do is write in a book even if it’s for a couple of minutes; but I really want to start up again and this might be the thing I need!

  5. I’ve been journaling off and on since I was 17. It’s a great way to learn about yourself and look back at a situation and see it for what it was not just what you remember. You see patterns in your way of thinking or behaving and become more self aware. I think this 5 minute journal is a great idea especially for people who don’t know how to start journaling but want too.

  6. Than you so much for reviewing the 5 Minute Journal. I loved reading how you both used it and how it became part of your day. I also love Ash’s honest that she stopped using it and then picked it up again. It’s all about creating new habits in our daily lives. This is why I know refer to the 5 Minute Journal as the Toothbrush for your Mind! It’s a habit we need to create.

    1. Hi Alex! Thank you for creating such a great journal. Its been a really valuable and rewarding experience writing in it. We hope to keep using our “mind toothbrushes” for a long time! ~C&A

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