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I occasionally write about lessons learned on the journey to live a healthier, happier and more intentional life. 


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  • James von der Lieth

The 9 Daily Prompts Experiment

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

The truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them - Steven Pressfield

I'm one week through filling out my daily journal every morning and night. Instead of free-form writing about the day, this journal is 9 simple prompts.

Tim Ferriss' 5 daily questions inspired this exercise. However, I remixed it a bit and added some questions that are relevant to my life right now:

Morning Questions:

  • I Am Grateful For...

  • What Would Make Today Great?

  • I Am (affirmations)

End of Day Questions

  • Amazing Things That Happened Today

  • How Could I have Made Today Better?

  • What Did I Learn?

  • New Contact Made

  • New Content Created

  • How Did I exercise?

For a long time, I was an information hoarder.

I would binge on podcasts, audiobooks, and interviews trying to sponge up all the strategies, tactics and principles that high achievers follow. I was so busy soaking up the information that I didn't implement a large portion of what I 'learned.' If you don't utilize what you've learned, did you even learn it?

This daily journal exercise is a great example. It's one aspect of "doing the work" that most high performers practice themselves. Despite knowing about this exercise since 2014, I never implemented it in my life in a structured, consistent way until now.

Learning the right thing to do is only half the battle

It's not enough to just know the principles of high achievers. You have to actually put them into consistent action. It's better to learn one new thing and put it into action, then to learn 100 new things and put none of them into action.

So far, so good.

I'm only 7 days in, but this exercise is great so far. It allows me to recognize all the wins of the day, but also allowing the opportunity to reflect on what could have gone better. Both are important.

I've found it forces me to be more intentional with what I'm trying to accomplish and adds more personal accountability.

I'm excited to have a record of this transitionary time in my life, as well as the other benefits that might come from making this a consistent practice!

Take Action!

Here is the template I'm using if you want to give it a shot!

I've simply been using Google Docs to keep track of the journal, rather than download yet another app. It's simple, and gets the job done. Plus, it works offline if you are in a place without internet service.

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