Journal-based Coaching

coaching Apr 15, 2021


What is Journal-based coaching?

Journal-based coaching is a systematic approach that combines learning with journaling. It couples training content and sound journaling principles to create a valuable opportunity for learning, stress, reduction, and greater coaching effectiveness.

I admit it; I am a notebook and journal junkie. I have trunks filled with notebooks and journals I completed that go back decades. Whether I pull them out to review on a rainy day or I’m currently making entries, I use my notebooks and journals for inspiration, recollection, and motivation.

At this moment, I am within reach of seven of them. I call the one What’s My Rhema Word journal, where I record today’s thoughts, prayers, and meaningful events. I do love a planner, a place to record my appointments and TO DO list. Although I’m transitioning to Evernote and all things digital, I do love my hardcopy backup. It’s so hard to explain, but a planner, stationary, new notebooks, journals and pens—they’re like little dopamine hits.

Bullet journaling is a system by which you turn any blank notebook into a to-do list, a diary, a notebook, a gratitude journal and a sketchbook all in one. If you search on YouTube, you’ll find whole channels dedicated to this system where people use them to not only organize their busy lives and work but as a way to guide themselves through self-development. A bullet journal has become something of a work of art for every level of creativity.

Why I keep notebooks and journals?

They keep me inspired. I read a lot. I read articles and non-fiction self-help books. I have a lot of content going into my brain, and if I don’t take notes or make references, I often forget most what I read and why I read it. Sometimes, just going back to the thing that triggered a thought, is enough to remind me of what I thought at the time.

It saves me research time. At times, it feels as if facts are leaking out of my head. I need to record things I need to remember. If the information is lengthy, I make notes on where to find the resource for later.

It focuses my reading. I map out my reading journey both with fiction books and non-fiction. I make note of the “zingers” — the key phrases that struck me in one way or another. This way I can make book recommendations to friends, family, and clients when the opportunity presents itself. I often use this to plan what I want to read next, especially when it comes too what I want to learn.

Do what works for you. Not everyone is keen on keeping a journal or an actual notebook. Your system for organization and inspiration should be tailored to whatever you want it to be. Choose a system that works in your lifestyle and make sure you do things you enjoy doing. That’s the beauty of designing your life. How you do it, is up to you.