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Change Your Life With Journaling - 4 Lessons On Journaling From Einstein

There is a critical habit that, if you start using it, can dramatically improve your life. 

What is the common practice among geniuses like Martin Luther King, Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Mahatma Gandhi, and so on? 

I will not make you wait for the answer… 

The answer is they all had journaling habits.

That's why read to the end because I will share with you four essential tips and takeaways from Einstein's journaling habit and how you can use it in your daily life, improve it, and change it positively. 

The first thing I want to share with you regarding journaling and Einstein's habits is not about a severe part, because if you think about Einstein, you think about a genius creating physics formulas and so on.

But let's look at it from another angle and see how Einstein combines his sophisticated mind and physics habits with playing because play and a play state can help you relax your mind and think creatively about the world, nature, and so on.

So journaling can be used to be creative and to be playful. 

For example, when I studied Einstein's journals, I figured out that sometimes he took a break on some pages, solved some puzzles, or drew pictures.

And these pictures and relaxation in his journal helped him to unplug his mind.

And new, fresh ideas came so he could express them…

And this is a tip you can also take for your journey and your benefit: not be too serious about work…

Because right now, the world goes a little crazy about all the productivity and all the hard work you need to do.

Of course, achieving big dreams and excess positions, which were not possible before, in your life is crucial, but this relaxation and playful state can help you achieve it much faster.

That's because your brain can't be all-time in the form of pressure… 

When you think about how you can use a journal to draw and play in it and maybe play musical instruments or play with the ball…

Or do some sports outside, which can relax you and help you achieve your work goals much easier and faster. 

So let's move to the next step. 

And the following suggestion is that journaling can help you stick with your hard work for longer. 

Let's say, for example, you want to write a book or a poem or draw a beautiful drawing, or you are a photographer that needs to capture that particular moment, or you are creating a video course or YouTube video… or any other creative work. 

So then you need to stick with this work for an extended period. 

And Einstein is an excellent example of this.

Because if you study his Zurich notebook, it's a beautiful piece of inspiration for you. 


Because Einstein had been developing his ideas for years.

It took him like 10 years to publish his theory of relativity.

It took him years to draw different formulas, thoughts, and conclusions of his thinking in his journal in his notebook. 

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And he can be an inspiration for you… 

Especially when your ideas need to take a lot of time for execution. 

Because great things don't happen overnight.

From Einstein's journaling, you can learn how to incorporate deep work into your life because deep work right now is rare. 

People have very low attention spans. 

That's why they can't concentrate on one task for a long time. 

And journaling can help you establish this habit of focusing on one thing for a long time.

Let's say I have a big dream. 

I want to create something outstanding, like writing a 200 pages book. 

I can't write this book in one sitting.

But if I have a journal to track my progress, I can reward myself for doing this. 

For example, I habitually write my wins in my journal.

This wins tracking helps me to write what wins I had on this particular day.

If I wrote two pages of my book this day, then in the evening before going to bed, I write down in my journal:

“I wrote two pages. And I am a winner!”

And I track this progress. 

The next day I wrote 10 pages. 

The next day I wrote one page because I was distracted or had some problems in my life. 

So every day, I track the day's wins for my goal…

And this will help you tremendously, too, if you take this advice from Einstein, me, and other successful people and incorporate it into your life.

To wrap up this tip, I will quote Albert Einstein.

He said: 

“This is not that I'm so smart. The difference between other people and me is that I stick with problems for much longer.”

Another tip from Einstein Journaling is to keep different types of journals. 


For example, you can have a balance when you write structured journals, bullet points, or to-do lists or accomplishments, and you can balance it with your free-flow journaling. 

I will quote him: 

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. 

Curiosity has its reason for existence. It is enough if one merely tries to comprehend a little of this mystery daily.”

Einstein sketched his ideas when traveling to Japan when he saw some interesting architecture or had meetings with people.

While traveling to the United States, he drew different animals in his journal. 

All this can give you an idea that a journal doesn't need to be only about serious work. 

You can write various explorations about work, fun, and creativity. 

The main takeaway from here is diversification.

Your journaling can be about creativity, joy, work, love, relationships, and raising children (if you have them).

The following insight is that a journal helps you become your historian.

And it is vital.

Because if Einstein did not write his observations, life experiences, thoughts, and ideas in his journal, we would not know much about him.

And so when you write in the journal, you create your story.

You become your historian. 

When I write today, something profound or about something changed in my life or something I improved or learned.

It seems like it is a little bit.

Like two sentences, and it looks like they don’t matter much.

But when you write it constantly every day …. 

And day pass, week pass, months pass, and the year pass and you finish the journal, then you return to this journal and see how you can be proud of yourself. 

How far have you gone with journaling and life!

You can see and compare what person you were before starting this journal and what person you are now. 

That's why you can learn from Einstein that a journal can be an extension of you. 

Journaling can be an expression of your emotions.

Expression of your thought process.

And you can return to this writing often and explore your ideas. 

You can reflect on them and think about your life and your experience.

About your inner world. 

So let's sum up the tips I shared with you. 

  • The first tip is: that your journal can be diversified. 
    It can be about traveling, parenting, business, and your experiences and relationships. 
  • The second point is your journaling can be a place where you can track your deep work and progress toward your big dream that you are going forward.
  • The third tip: a journal is not only about serious stuff. It can be about play.
    You can explore your emotions and creativity. Just write freely what you think and feel. 
  • And the next tip is journaling can be an extension of you there. 
    You can write your story, and you can return to it, explore it and make a reflection.

And last but not least, I created a fantastic journaling challenge. 

It is a 30-day journal challenge where you can answer the deep questions in your journal daily. 

Each lesson will show you how to start journaling from scratch. 

What journal to use, how much, and when to write.

What to write in a journal and many tips to jumpstart your journaling hobbit. 

It has three first free videos, so you can freely explore them below. 


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