Another prompt from Tim Ferriss’ book: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?
I think the Best Self Journal has been the biggest game changer in my life in the last year. Clocking in at about $32 this thing rocks my world. Each journal is set up for 13 weeks. You set three goals to achieve in those weeks along with a bunch of action steps.
Each day has space for you to plan out your day, set your three intentions for the day, and has a morning and evening gratitude check in. There is also a space to track/name your “wins” for the day and any lessons you learned.
There’s also a section for you to do a check in each week where you can chart habits that you are trying to build, what you’ve learned, and how you’ve made (or not made) progress on your goal.
What I love about this is that it’s concrete and clear. It keeps me focused on moving forward on three, achievable goals that have a set deadline.
My first time using the journal I didn’t do it every day and it wasn’t very successful. But starting 1 January of this year I set three goals and then I cranked them out. I set one financial goal, one writing goal, and one health goal. I filled out the journal every day (and made up days when I missed them) and it made all of the difference. I was able to see, very clearly, how I was progressing and where I wasn’t. It was a game changer.
I spent the first 13 weeks of the year paying off some debt I had, putting money into savings for the first time in like forever, and writing a play. Huge.
For this second quarter of the year I am paying off some more debt, writing another play, and working to up my submissions game. I’m a little behind at the moment, but the journal is still helping me.
What about you? What purchase has made the most difference for you?