Benefit #1: Getting More Hours In Your Day*
*OK, that’s mathematically impossible because of the space-time continuum thing…but that’s what it feels like. As a kid, your mom probably told you that if you get your homework done immediately after school, you’d have more free time to play video games or go outside and climb trees or whatever you did outside.
It’s the same principle coming back to bite/reward you (depending on how well you listened to Mom). By understanding and implementing a solid set-up of your Zen-Journal, you’ll develop the skills to rapidly organize your life and commitments.
When you have all your ducks-in-a-row, so to speak, you’ll have more time to spend on the things that matter most. You know, like climbing trees, reading to your kids, or playing more Halo. (I’ve never played…just trying to be cool.. 🙄 )
Benefit #2: Finally Feeling In Control
Life is difficult. These are the first words in one of the best books ever written about delaying gratification and maturing as an adult, The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck, MD.
I’d paraphrase it this way – “Life’s a bitch and we spend most it looking for the damn remote.” Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a remote control device that could help us feel more in control of our often chaotic lives?
When you’ve used Zen-Journal for about a month, you’ll become aware of the bigger picture. When you first get into Zen-Journal it seems easy, but you soon learn that, like most everything else in life, it’s not. In fact, it can be very difficult to adapt to your life. We’re used to another system; we miss the structure of a traditional planner.
Zen-Journal is built on the philosophy that less is more. You get the decide what’s important and meaningful in your life, not some cube-dwelling dweeb in a big corporation whose job it is to guide you into what’s important and necessary for your life.
Zen-Journal is a tool that helps you have more control over your life.
Benefit #3: A New Appreciation for Personal Prep Time
Hand-in-hand with feeling more in control of your life is the personal nature of prep time. I’ve had numerous users tell me that when they learn about the mindfulness reviews and how to implement them over time, that their prep time takes on a new and more personal feeling.
It’s like taking time each week for you and you alone. After all, it’s your life and you deserve to be happy and content with it.
Your weekly planning time doesn’t have to be a boring, hurried, fifteen-minute time block. Instead, you’ll learn to implement a system that will impart a new appreciation for the time you spend planning your life.
You’re the one in control; you’re the one that’s important here; you’re the one that matters most. Give yourself the tools you deserve.
Benefit #4: Make Greater Sense of the Past
The past is sometimes a mystery to us, but it doesn’t have to be. We look back over the last year and scratch our heads and think, “What the hell happened there?”
What happens next, is critical in our evolution as a person: We can either just go onto the next thing…or we can take control and pinpoint ‘what the hell happened there.’
Zen-Journal allows you to look back and see what factors contributed to your life’s current status. Use your Zen-Journal for planning, journaling, exploring ideas, and recording the present so they can look back in reviews and pinpoint these important past experiences.
Doing so only enhances their ability to plan for the future.
Benefit #5: More Skillful in Mindfully Planning for the Future
This is perhaps the most valuable benefit of being a Zen-Journal user: Leveraging the past to create a better future in a more mindful manner.
The whole point of anytime/life management system is to become better, stronger, more adaptable and successful. If your chosen tool doesn’t help you achieve these benefits, it’s not working.
Zen-Journal users become better planners, better note-takers, better journalers, better learners, better workers….better people.