Great challenge in my Five Minute Journal today. Taking inventory is a great exercise to take at work, out and about, or during some home time with yourself/family. Catalog your WHOLE day.
I’ve found at the end of the day during reflection time or even the next day when I look back, what I made important that should not have been made important was, what should have been made important didn’t get time. There were times too, where my time spent, the inventory of my day was exactly where it should have been.
I’m at a point I do this exercise now almost daily. That’s the point of the exercise. It’s simple to execute, uses all your senses to build awareness, and drives better behavior for your next go at a better more optimized day.
Why the photos? Photos have the power to bring back all the feelings we had when we first captured the moment with a picture from our camera. Just about everyone has as a smartphone on them, so this is super easy to just snap, then move on to come back to later. Coming back to past photos during my reflection time puts me back into that exact feeling of good or bad. Creates best moments to repeat, or bad ones to not.
Why video? It captures what you hear, but also what you’re not essentially listening for too. Your mind is wild. It literally catalogs everything. Picking up on some ambient noise that may be a trigger that distracts you from your main project, could be all you need to understand why bad things keep happening in a certain spot. Or, the opposite. Also, video tagging yourself is a great thing to come back to watch as well as listen to later. You’ll see some crazy growth or regression which is important intel to personally moving forward.
This essentially is the same thing we do if we’re a podcaster or blogger. Cataloging our life experiences for ourselves or others. Hoping someone is watching or listening that we can help. In this case it’s a little more personal with the exercise. Great to do at least once a week. You will know the best time to do it better than I, so I won’t pretend when the perfect time for you will be. It’s your journey! Happy trails!
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