Questions Journaling: What is it?

Questions Journaling is a specific type of journaling based around asking introspective or contemplative questions about situations in your life. We then listen for the answers that return to us like echoes. We record those answers under the question. Finally, we examine the list of responses, looking for the gem.
The trick is to train yourself to listen to the clues that might come to you in any form: a dream, a video, someone talking on the street, a whisper of an idea,
A little practice with questions journaling will soon prove invaluable in improving and trusting your intuition. You gain confidence in picking out the answers from the background noise.

And better yet, you learn to ask better questions.

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Questions Journaling: What Tim Ferris Said.

Questions Journaling: a question markSerendipity is a by-product of the creative process. Questions stimulate our brains to seek answers. The process means the mind is trying to connect the dots. Sudden and unexpected connections create a serendipitous moment

The more we do the work on ourselves, the more serendipity appears in our life. In other words, your feel the magic happening. 

No, Tim didn’t say that. Sorry I got sidetracked. 

So., I got reminded about journaling from a friend on Friday morning.

The next day, Saturday, I’m reading 5-Bullet Friday by Jim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich. 

I love 5 Bullet Friday because Tim included 5 links around what book he’s reading, what he is watching, a link to an interesting article, and a quote he is pondering. That sort of thing.

This particular week he is talking about how he came up with the idea for his new book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.

Asking Relective Questions

Questions Journaling, asking reflective queston of yourself is one of the best journaling exercises you can do. It take you deep into yourself where you can separate the authentic you from the ‘personal’ you,

But Tim wasn’t getting anywhere with his questions, so he asked himself this question:

What would this look like if it were easy?

You can apply this question to almost any question you are asking yourself.

Then you start listing your ideas. You don’t edit. You don’t not write ideas down because you think they are stupid or would never work.

Instead, you keep asking that question and writing down everything you can think of.

A coaching prompt that good coaches the world over ask is: And what else?

In Tim’s case, he said, “Ninety-nine percent of the page was useless, but there was one seed of a possibility . . .”

That one seed became a book: Advice from the Best in the World.

He was wrestling with several big questions. Changing his perspective allowed him to view the question differently. He freed his mind to discover more answers.

Pro Tip; When the question sticks, use the question Tim proposes to shake things loose. 

“What would this look like if it were easy?”

Michael Singer, the author of Living Untethered, constantly refers to shifting our perspective as a way of bringing balance to our lives. 

As an example, you are living on a tiny dirt ball revolving around an insignificant sun, which is part of the Milky Way Galaxy that swirls in space amid hundreds of millions of other galaxies, and you’re worried about what your workmate told the boss about you.

Get the idea, 

Question Journaling Exercise.

Take something you are wrestling with lately and apply the Tim Ferriss question.

 See what the question shakes loose, 

Write until there is nothing left to squeeze out. Then go look for the golden nugget in that list.

There will be one or two ideas there to resolve your situation.

Now I can’t promise that you will find a book but…

What was I talking about earlier…serendipity!

Another Similar Question

While I was reading Tim Ferriss’s question another very similar question popped into my mind.

It’s from The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The question goes like this:

What’s the One Thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary

Different perspective-changing questions, but the same action. Ask the question and then start listing, 

Serendipitous events made this post possible. And they also reminded me of the importance of questions journaling.

The very act of asking a question puts our minds to work searching for answers.

Take advantage of this in your journaling and in your life.

Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself

Questions Journaling: Next Steps

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci is the book that convinced me to come back to journaling and stick with it every since. While the books is more about the genius of da Vinci you can’t help but learn by osmosis from one of the greatest journaling masters of all times.


We have also written extensively about Journaling. You might want to check out the articles listed below. 


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Again, any form of journal is better for you than doing nothing. The health benefits far exceed any struggles you may have. And you will thank yourself as you ability to lessen stress in you life and live more peacefully.

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