Your Learning Journal

As a solopreneur, what do you do when something in business happens that angers or upsets you?  You have no colleagues to help you through it and your mind won’t stop going over and over it.  Let your learning journal be your sounding board and counsellor.

What is a Learning Journal?

Often universities recommend keeping a journal to record what is being learned during a period of study, a placement experience or fieldwork.  Here’s an article by Worcester University to give you an idea.

As solopreneurs we are permanently in a placement and doing our own fieldwork, so keeping a learning journal is a very effective way to sort out our thoughts and feelings about our journey toward business success.  As a business, it is very important to record our strategies, plans and results as well.

Discover What ToolStart Writing in Your Learning Journal

I recommend some experimentation.  Try a variety of tools until you find what feels just right for your style of learning:

  1. A colourful Moleskine Journal (found in most stationery and bookstores) and favourite pen (mine is an old fashioned fountain pen)  This can be transported and used in places that promote reflection for you.  Are you able to get focused while evoking a kinesthetic approach with your own handwriting?
  2. An ordinary scribbler that you used in grade school if you are really good with words.
  3. An on-line note program such as Evernote.  You can create a simple template and one notebook especially for recording your thoughts and observations.  Create a separate note for each date that you enter – or for different topic areas.  This is a more left-brained approach that can be suitable for business planning etc.  It’s versatile because you can access it from both desktop, tablet and smartphone.
  4. A voice Journal.  This is especially useful for extensive smartphone users because you can quickly and easily record thoughts, feelings and plans on the fly.  Google Keep could be devoted to this.  It is also accessible from desktop, tablet and smartphone.
  5. A creative sketching book.  This is an alternative right-brained activity and for some of us, a welcome
    relief from all that left-brained business activity.  You can add visuals, drawings, and text to go even deeper if you need more than just words.  I followed the creative exercises described in The Artist Inside and discovered a deep-seated need to move to Victoria.

The Artist Inside book coverHave A Dialogue with Yourself

Discover a way to take yourself from the surface of the matter to its depth implications to your life and business. Use these headers to guide your thinking and writing:

  • Objective Reality – Record the episode or event.  Be as specific and clear as possible (who, what happened, what was said, when, what you saw)
  • Reflection – Record your reaction to the experience (thought, felt, wanted, did)
  • The Meaning – Record why this event is important to you personally and to your business.
  • Your Learning – Record what you learned from this examination and decide how and when you want to apply what you have learned.

The foregoing is just one more tool for Being your Own CEO effectively.  See my recent blog How To BE Your Own Boss for more thoughts on what it takes.

Mindset Monday Challenge

Where is your most effective sounding board?  Is it a coach? A friend? A spouse? Books? Yourself?  Share what has been working for you.

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Lowell Ann Fuglsang

Greetings from LowellAnn,

In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. A great place to begin is the Solopreneur Evaluation Tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy.

2 thoughts on “Your Learning Journal”

  1. Hi Lowell Ann
    I enjoyed this post mainly because enhances what I have been telling myself for years,

    Start listening to yourself and record all your creative thoughts as it comes into your head, because later, try as you might, you will not remember the important things. Thanks once again

    All the best



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