The Useful Thinking Journal

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Slow Down, Feel Better and Go Further

The Useful Thinking Journal is not just another notebook — it’s a powerful tool designed to help you reflect on your experiences, gain insights and drive meaningful action.

🔍 Guide for Action

Beyond simple reflection, this journal encourages taking real action. Reflect on your positive and negative experiences, understand your desired outcome and execute with purpose.

🌱 Personal Growth

Recent research shows that reflection helps leaders improve performance, gain greater self-awareness and supports wellbeing at the same time. Use the journal to harness these benefits to build your confidence and leadership capability.

🔬 Informed by Research

The journal has been developed based on recent research in reflection and goal-setting, which have been incorporated into the simple reflection templates.

Ready to unlock your potential? Begin your journey with the Useful Thinking Journal today.

The Useful Thinking Journal

“I definitely didn’t expect the very tangible ‘shortcutting’ of my usual rumination patterns.

I didn’t expect the journal would help so quickly and effectively.”

– Lauren Dixon, Innovation Manager, Utilities sector

“I have noticed that I am thinking more intentionally about issues and decisions, especially those that aren’t just straight forward or where emotion can play a part.”

– PW, Director, Australian Government Department

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Struggling With These Common Challenges?

Here are some of the common challenges that many leaders struggle with in their personal and professional lives.

💭 Overthinking: Many leaders struggle with over-analysing situations, leading to paralysis by analysis and missed opportunities.

💣 Reacting on impulse: Acting impulsively without sufficient thought can result in unintended negative consequences.

🔄 Rumination: Dwelling on negative experiences repeatedly can trap individuals in a cycle of stress and negative emotions.

🤷‍♀️ Lack of Clarity: Without clear thinking, setting and achieving goals becomes a difficult task.

 🔙 Limited follow-through: Knowing what to do is one thing, but consistently following through is another challenge altogether.

Here’s How the Useful Thinking Journal Can Help

The Useful Thinking Journal serves as a practical tool for anyone looking to enhance the quality of their thinking and the effectiveness of their actions.

It’s more than just a journal; it’s a companion for a more thoughtful, intentional and fulfilling leadership experience.

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“I think the journal has raised my general level of awareness. Understanding the gravity of my actions, my perceptions – it reshapes the way I handle that info and use it to make decisions.”

– Jeremy Duke, Partnerships & Operations Manager, Utilities industry

“Using the Useful Thinking Journal has already created much awareness after using it for a relatively short time and will undoubtedly be an important tool to help create more fulfilling personal and interpersonal interactions in all aspects of my life.”

– Stephan Dahinden, Managing Director

How it Works

The Useful Thinking Journal is designed using simple templates to guide you through the following steps:

Features of the Useful Thinking Journal

“I’m finding myself more action driven, less needing to push myself into action on reflections and able to just get on with making improvements.

– Michael Watts, Business Advisor

“Using the journal made me want to work on some things as I think it increased my belief that change is possible – and it depends on me more than I used to think.”

– SS, Senior Leader, Government department

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Frequently asked questions

I’ve never done any journalling stuff before – is this suitable for me?2024-06-07T09:41:02+08:00

Yes, it sure is! The journal is user-friendly and perfect for anyone starting out in their reflection practice.

The beginning of the journal contains instructions and a completed example so you can understand how the process works.

Then you can follow along with the simple templates by answering the questions at each step.

How often should I use the journal to see results?2024-06-07T09:41:12+08:00

Regular use of the journal will bring the best results.

However, because the journal is used to reflect on specific events, you might find that some weeks you have a lot to reflect on, and other weeks might not be so busy.

Even so, we recommend using the journal at least twice per week where possible.

How long does it take to complete a journal entry?2024-06-07T09:41:20+08:00

While this might be different for everyone, in general, completing the journal entries usually takes 5-10 minutes.

Leaders are busy, so the templates have been designed to be short and sharp.

Why would I use the paper version of the journal instead of the electronic one?2024-06-12T10:51:11+08:00

The reason I originally created this as a paper journal is because hand-writing helps you to slow down, which is helpful for reflection.

In addition, research suggests that hand-writing can improve learning, knowledge retention and recall, which can help you to process your thoughts during the reflection process.

Of course, you can hand-write on a digital notebook too, but I have noticed that digital devices often come with in-built distractions, such as notifications or the ability to check your email.

For this reason, you might prefer a separate, dedicated physical journal for your reflection work and it may be more effective for you to get “in the zone” during the process.

Think of it as a short break from your devices, notifications and internet temptations!

Why wouldn’t I just use a paper notebook for reflection?2024-06-07T09:41:33+08:00

Of course you can do that – but this journal has several benefits over a normal notebook:

  1. The templates are done for you – you don’t need to think about what questions to answer
  2. The templates will prompt you with questions you might not normally consider
  3. The reflection process is intended to be short and sharp – and the templates will help you to keep it concise, so you’ll be more likely to develop a regular reflection routine.
What sort of things do leaders usually reflect on with the journal?2024-06-07T09:41:40+08:00

There are many topics that leaders generally use the journal for.

If you can think of a positive or negative event that happened to you at work, then you can use it for that!

Here are a few examples:

  • Better interactions with team members – sometimes you’ll have an interaction with a team member that doesn’t go so well. Reflection can help you process what has happened and help you improve for next time.
  • Building positive relationships – good relationships can make your job much easier, and more rewarding. Reflection can help you understand yourself and your feelings towards others, which can help you to build trust and respect.
  • Building confidence – leaders tend to feel more confident when they reflect on how they could improve, because they feel as if they are more in control of their situation.

Although this journal was originally designed for work situations, there is also nothing stopping you from using it in your personal life too.

Why is the electronic version more expensive?2024-06-12T10:38:45+08:00
Can I type into the electronic version of the journal?2024-06-12T10:49:15+08:00

Yes, you can, using the PDF tools out there.

However, I strongly recommend hand-writing your reflections.

Firstly, hand-writing slows you down. Slowing down helps you to process events and feelings more thoroughly.

Second, research indicates that you are more likely to learn and retain information by hand-writing rather than typing.

Lastly, when typing is available, it probably means you’re on a digital device that can do lots of things. Which means you probably have access to email, the internet and lots of other distractions.

Distractions will reduce the effectiveness of your reflective practice.

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 16 × 1.5 cm