Super U Podcast | Writing Your Story | The Focus Project #27
This audible clip from Erik Qualman’s #1 Bestselling book The Focus Project covers how daily journaling is beneficial on many levels including reducing stress, improving immune functions, keeping memory sharp, boosting your mood, and strengthening emotional health.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling family game Kittycorn.
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Writing Your Story | The Focus Project #27
“Daily journaling is beneficial on many levels, including reducing stress, improving immune functions, keeping memory sharp, boosting your mood, and strengthening emotional health. But trusting your mind alone is like walking a tightrope across the Grand Canyon, the world’s cheapest pen is better than the world’s best memory. The challenge is that I never have time to journal. In the past every time I have recommitted to journaling. Instead of it being beneficial, it becomes a burden. The problem is each time I approached it the same way. Consequently, each time I failed. I wasn’t adhering to Einstein’s wisdom. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. I needed to change my approach. This time, I decided to approach journaling with two main differences. One, start with a sentence. If that’s all I can do for that day, so be it. But at least write one sentence. This is a pragmatic approach. History has proven that on Sundays I will not have 15 minutes to journal. Number two, don’t just chronicle the day, but think back 5-10 years ago for a favorite memory or story and jot it down. For example, write your elementary school teachers’ names or quickly jot down your friends’ names from Little League or scouts. Draw your childhood home and sketch the neighboring homes labeling them with corresponding family names.
I find it helpful to have a theme For each week, one week I focused on high school memories, and the next week around stories from my days working at Yahoo. Sometimes it’s sparked me to call someone for the first time in decades or send a nice note, like mailing a thank you card to my fifth grade teacher. brainwaves for the ages, around the age of 24, the processing speed of our brains starts to decline. Sad I know. As processing declines sodas, the ability to switch tasks and handle interruptions. For example, the older we get, the more we struggle with filtering out background noise in a crowded restaurant. That’s why we often hear our fathers or grandfathers say, I can’t hear a damn thing in that restaurant. It’s too noisy. It’s not simply the result of the physical decline of the year itself. Older adults are 10% more likely to pay attention to the distracting information than younger adults who are able to block out these noises and distractions. An older person’s brain tends to function more like a 19 to 30-year-old early in the morning. This is another reason why earlier in the book, we stressed the importance of winning the morning to win the day. Participants performed better on cognitive tasks when tested in the morning. Older people do, however, have other focus advantages. Specifically, Harvard professor Jodha got us co-author of a study on sustained attention indicating that younger workers may have greater difficulty devoting their energy to tedious tasks. He goes on to say that older adults are often better at deeper focus, and less likely to have their minds wander while performing difficult tasks.”
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