One Sentence Journal

Sometimes, change comes in small packages. A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step – and all that. Another little gem from The Happiness Project author, Gretchen Rubin – the idea of a One-Sentence Journal. Keeping a journal, or a blog, sometimes seems like it would take too much energy, but Gretchen came up with the idea of just doing one sentence each day. That’s not too much – a single sentence. And then, if you feel it, when you sit down to write, you may find that you have two, three or four sentences in there just waiting to come out. If not, at least you made the beginning.

There was a writer for Runner’s World, many years ago, who suggested a similar strategy for running workouts. He would force himself to run the first mile – and then if he wasn’t feeling it that day, he would feel content with just calling it a day. But there ended up being many days, when the hardest part was getting started, and convincing himself to take the first few steps led to a productive and rewarding run.

I wonder what the equivalent of a One Sentence Journal is for goal-setting, weight loss/fitness, playing the piano, drawing, or any other thing that I aspire to do.

4 thoughts on “One Sentence Journal”

  1. Theresa, I think this works in a way similar to counting … it helps you make the transition away from all the other distractions, and focus.

    Love the new haircut.

  2. Thanks, Doug! Having short hair is so convenient. I think I’ll keep it this way for a while.

    How do you use counting to focus? I’m thinking of things like counting reps or counting down time or something like that. Is that it?

  3. I think this is why twitter has become so successful. Writing 140 characters seems so much less intimidating then writing a whole blog. I tried the trick of running only a little bit each day and it actually worked. Each day I ran further and further until I was doing 5k as my starting goal. I’ve started this now with climbing. I try to take a small fall every time I go out. Each time I end up falling further from my last bolt or piece. Not only am I overcoming my fear of falling, I’ve started to look forward to the hit of adrenaline that comes with it.

  4. I did this with ironman training. If I didn’t feel like training in the am I would just get up, put on the gear, and walk outside a little. Usually that got me to the next step. Same as the momentum principle in physics. The most energy is used to get something in motion. Once it’s in motion it has inertia. It must have worked because I eventually ended up doing the double ironman and this helped lots.

    I do a lot of journal writing using free association. Just a mind dump to release my thoughts. Always seems to clear my mind a bit. I listened to a seminar once that said we have all these things running around in the mind and it causes confusion and mind clutter. If we write them down and have a system to get back to them then our mind will release the thought and allow us to focus more on the important priorities.


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