Zen-Journal is a comprehensive task and life management system with lifestyle options and a planning system that each brings the user both definitive payoffs and promises. The promise comes from daily engagement in the ZenJo Path™ while the Payoff comes in the form of the Zen-Journal System™ elements that bring order and purpose to your planning.
Walking the ZenJo Path promises some very tangible benefits, including:
- Experiencing more contentment with your day-to-day life regardless of your circumstances. Appreciating what you have instead of lusting after what you don’t is an issue the 21st century has positioned everyone to face. Being grounded in the Zen-Journal Lifestyle can help you allocate your spending where it matters most.
- Experiencing less stress-related physical and emotional problems. It’s long been a fact that spending a few minutes each day in silent contemplation can lower blood pressure, boost positive thoughts, and even strengthen your immune system. Practicing this each day will increase your vitality and clarity.
- Experiencing more depth in your day-to-day life. In this context, ‘depth’ is another word for ‘meaningful.’ When you live your life with a focus on kindness and compassion, you become a kinder person and one that looks deeply into the issues that confront others.
- Identifying and focusing on what’s most important for your life. The Zen-Journal System™ is one that promotes this level of clarity because it relies on the relevance filter, a mechanism by which you elevate the most relevant tasks for each day’s focus. Over time, you gain insight into what’s most important, not necessarily what’s most urgent.
- Experiencing more control over your life. If you use your Zen-Journal System™ each day, you already know how much more in control of your life you feel. It’s a system that focuses on the most important tasks at any given time instead of those that have piled up through task stacking.
Adopting the ZenJo Path can dramatically transform your day-to-day experience from ordinary and mundane to insightful and less doubt and less stress.
Setting up and using your Zen-Journal Notebook™ pays handsome dividends in terms of increased productivity and deeper insight. Here are the elements that make up the ZenJo planning system:
- Index—similar to a table of contents—but used to only list what you need to find again, like a brilliant idea that you want to explore later. Let’s face it, you could spend hours tending a detailed index, but that’s not what Zen-Journal is about. My mantra for the Index is: Get in, find what you need, and get to work.
- Discipline Task Lists (DTLs) – a two-page spread for each area of your life that you actively cultivate; Home/Relationships, Fitness/Health, Work, Creative/Hobby, etc. Instead of creating one very long master list that makes finding specific or related tasks a bit more difficult, ZenJo separates tasks by discipline/life-area providing a context around each group of tasks so you can see how ideas and tasks are related.
- Quarterly Look-Ahead (QLA) – Instead of assigning a task an arbitrary date that appears only as a line item entry in a Monthly Spread, ZenJo places them into a monthly collection in the QLA. The tasks can hang out in the QLA until they are relevant for action on a specific date. This does two things: 1) it prevents excessive and repetitive migration of incomplete or unattempted tasks from day to day, and 2) it prevents assigning the tasks to an arbitrary date that may not have any significance.
- Daily Work Area – The DWA (originally the Day-At-A-Time Work Area) is where the real work of your ZenJo takes place. Each day’s entry is created either first thing in the morning, or during the Evening Mindful Review. ZenJo incorporates two mindful reviews, one in the evening and the other first thing in the morning. During these reviews, we look at the DTL and QLA for the current month and see what still needs to be accomplished and make a decision as to what tasks need attention that day and place them under our Most Important Tasks (MITs).
- Your Digital Device – there is no denying that we all now live in a predominantly digital world. While analog fans like you and I gain pleasure from using our pens and notebook, we can also enhance our ZenJo experience by allowing our digital devices to do what they do best. ZenJo relies on the power of the smartphone or tablet to schedule events, log appointments, and do what it does more efficiently than we ever could. This makes ZenJo a primary productivity tool that’s focused solely on getting things done and creating a more mindful approach to our lives.