A few months ago I was in Sainsbury’s and picked up a book. It’s called “Five Minutes in the Morning – A Focus Journal”.
It’s usually priced at £10 but I was chuffed that it was only £4 (oh the joy of the January sale!)
The idea is, you take five minutes in the morning (duh!) to take stock of the day. Check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Set some intentions for the day.
I’ve not used it really – it’s such a beautiful book, that I didn’t really want to write in it. I do like “workbook” style things though. I like having something to do.
Now even though this is designed for in the morning, I think I can get so much from this at any time of day.
So this evening I completed the first activity.
An exercise to start writing.
I was tasked with spending five minutes just writing about how I would introduce myself to somebody, and here’s what I wrote:
“Hi, I’m Joanna, but most people call me Jo. Except Dave. He calls me Joey. Dave is my other half and he very much completes me. We’ve been together for five years and have a little boxer doggy called Poppy who’s three.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing (I have a blog), and going to the gym. I’m a bit of a fadder, but that just means that I never get too bored!
In my spare time, I work for a big energy company in learning and development. I’ve done it for 13 years and genuinely love it!
I’m originally from Essex, but moved to Wigan 8 years ago, which is the best thing I’ve ever done.
I love letters and I currently have six pen pals, and the list is growing.”
I reflected on what I’d written. I feel it’s a fair insight into me but I’m also shocked by what I’d missed out. My love for gin, herbal tea and coffee is missing. Happily, I don’t let my recent diagnosis define me; I felt no need to mention that in my introduction.
After my first experience with this book, I’m definitely going to start using it more. If you’re interested, I managed to get another couple of them on Amazon for £4 – they’re easy to get your hands on. I gifted one to Kate as she shares a love for writing and I got the feeling she’d enjoy using a similar kind of book.
I think it’ll be really nice to dip in and out of occasionally, and give me a little pre-blog warm up or inspiration!
Have a go at this activity yourself – I’d love to read your five minute introductions.