How to Use a Journal, by Jim Rohn: Notes On the Fly

The following are some notes I took "on the fly" the very first time I listened to Jim Rohn's Audio Book, How To Use A Journal.  If you want to read them, cool.  If they help you out, great.  If you find the quality or depth of my writing lacking, please remember, "on the fly", "first listen", and "first draft" posted here for you, with no editing and not a care in the world.  And don't be a punk. :)

If you're reading this, Hang Loose... and Have a Great Day.


  1. What is the purpose of your journal?
    1. Start writing.  You will figure it out.
  2. Write down problems.  Find answers.
    1. Seeing problems in writing creates space between you and the problem, which helps you figure things out without ruminating.
    2. Seeing it written will help you identify parts that you aren't seeing or "telling" very well.  It will help you find distortions of the real picture that you may not want to see in your "mind's eye" when you only think about the issue.
    3. You HAVE TO actually analyze what you've written to get the good out of it.
    4. There are more great points in this portion of the book.  You can listen to it on YouTube
  3. Record ultimate conclusions to dilemmas
    1. if you don't have a way to recall solutions, you won't learn from your mistakes and successes.
    2. when you face similar problems in the future (which is a sure bet) you will have historical evidence of failed and successful responses which you can then decide to attempt again or not.
  4. "Becoming a better thinker on paper is a sure way to become a more effective person in practice".      -Jim Rohn
  5. In Short: record problems you encounter, all the steps you considered taking (and did take), and the outcomes of those steps. 
  6. Just write things you want to remember.
    1. a quote from a book, the page on which it was found
    2. sermon notes
    3. compliments from others, where you were, what you were wearing...etc
    4. Let other people wonder what happened.  Not you.  You will know what happened when you become serious about recording important things you want to remember.
    5. It is hard to build a well put together future from fragments of old ideas and wisdom.  Capture great things and good ideas.
  7. Index your Journal.  It can be informal.  Don't kill yourself.  Just help yourself remember later.  
    1. financial ideas: pages 5, 54, 72-74...
    2. biz improvement: pages 6, 23-28, 34...
    3. notes on the fly: 50-64 (book notes)
    4. notes on the fly: 65-67 (sermon 3/29/15 "friendship")
    5. etc...
I will update this post as I am able to listen to more of the book.  For now I'm out of time.  But if you're wondering what to do with all those blank pages that are staring at you each time you open your journal... maybe some of these ideas will at least help you get started.
Until Then:

Burn & Pillage.


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