Pi Day

‘Pi’ Chart Wisdom in Your Journal!

My in-laws are a family of math people, and bakers. So we never miss out on celebrating Pi Day. (Our favorite is a cookie-cake with the Pi symbol on the middle — a circle, of course. We waited so that we ate it at exactly 3.14 1:59!)

A great Pi-related journal prompt is the List of 100. This is great if you want to generate big ideas, and tap your intuition in the process. Start with a prompt, such as:

100 things I am grateful for…

100 things I’m feeling stressed about…

100 marketing ideas…

100 ways I can help others…

100 lessons I have learned…

100 things to delegate…

You get the idea! Pick a topic and get ready to write.

Here are a few pointers: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes.

Now comes the Pi/Pie Chart part — reread your list. Look for patterns, themes and insights. Assign items to categories, count and make a pie chart with the results.

Don’t forget to write a reflection of the overall process or outcomes to wrap it up (link is to an audio file, you might have to download the free app first). Every List of 100 is different. Sometimes you get big insights while writing the list (especially somewhere between items 66-100 on the list), sometimes while sorting or doing a pie chart, and sometimes while reflecting on the overall activity.

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List of 100 is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

Let Go of 2019

Whether 2019 was amazing, or you want to forget it, it’s time to let it go. There are lessons in letting go – what hurts, what’s easy, things to repeat, things to never try again. The process of mentally letting go is a great activity for your journal.

List of 100 from Journal to the Self is a great technique for this. (You can read more about this clever and trusty tool in a previous post.) Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try:

100 ways to let go of 2019

Remember the tips: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes.

Once you have a list of 100, reread it all — look for categories, patterns, themes and insights. Later in the list you will probably see an overall gift of wise ideas, look beyond the actual ink on the page for the insightful meaning and lessons. Synthesize this wisdom in a brief write to capture the ideas from the list.

Now write a reflection. What are your takeaways and next steps?

List of 100 is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

 

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash.

Trust your intuition: What are your rights?

The Bill of Rights was finalized 228 years ago today. At a personal level, what are your rights — how do they impact your hopes, visions and dreams? If you listen to your intuition you may realize it has a lot to say.

Here’s a way to listen with one of my favorite Journal to the Self techniques, List of 100. (You can read more about this clever and trusty tool in a previous post.) Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try:

I have the right to…

Then use all the pointers: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes.

Once you have a list of 100, reread it all — look for categories, patterns, themes and insights. If you are like, me your thinking brain will tire out somewhere around item 50. You might have a few humorous items thrown in around then too (our intuition is clever that way).  Later in the list you will probably see an overall gift of wise ideas, look beyond the actual ink on the page for the insightful meaning and lessons. Synthesize this wisdom in a brief write.

Now write a reflection. What are the overall lessons, messages, themes you observe? What are your takeaways and next steps?

List of 100 is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.

 

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Listing Out the Next Right Step

Really inspired by the concept of one thing: the next right step. It’s about mindfulness, being in the present. It’s about stress management, just one step. It’s about change management/transition inspiration, each step leads to a bigger goal.

This theme is a great prompt for one of my favorite Journal to the Self techniques: the List of 100. List of 100 taps the best of your left (thinking) brain and your right (creative) brain. It’s fast-moving and fun and when I use it with an honest question, I always get surprisingly effective results.

Give it a try. Write the inspiration for your list at the top — try

My next step…

Here are a few pointers: Write very quickly. Number as you go. Repeat, repeat, repeat is ok! If you get stuck, just write ‘stuck’ until the next thing comes. The fascination kicks in once you have a list of 100. Reread it at that point, looking for categories, patterns, themes and insights that emerge. Don’t forget to write a reflection of the overall process or outcomes to wrap it up.

List of 100 is just one of 18 amazing techniques I teach during Journal to the Self workshops. Learn more on the Workshops page (online and in-person session). Or, if you prefer to sample first, try a free technique, or let’s schedule a no obligation phone call to chat about how I can support your own change journey.