Review: The Five Minute Journal from Intelligent Change

Journals, vision boards, positive thinking exercises, for those of us into self improvement, we have tried them all amongst others. But do we stick with them consistently? No. So, what is different about The Five Minute Journal from Intelligent Change?

The claim: “The simplest thing you can do to start your day happy.” And looking at the members of the company, something seems to be working; they are dynamic, positive, upbeat self improvers who strive to find the lesson in every challenge.

The Five Minute Journal is your secret weapon to focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention. With a simple structured format based on positive psychology research, you will start and end each day with gratitude. Side effects may include: increased happiness, better relationships, and becoming more optimistic. You’ve been warned.

According to its creators, the journal is built on proven principles of positive psychology. It is structured to focus on counting blessings, finding inner strength and visualising a better future.

But does it do what it says on the tin? The short answer is yes.

Each day begins with an inspiring quote and every week there is a suggestion for a challenge. Initially we had some resistance to this but we were curious about what would happen if we took part. The result? Trying something new, being directed to compliment a stranger or start a new hobby is actually quite fun. And when we don’t want to take part, we skip it.

The Five Minute Journal is not a magic pill. Although, there is certainly some magic at work here. You still have to do the work in the real world. Get out of your comfort zone. Take action and make magic happen. This journal is your guide. You are ready.

We have been entirely surprised at how much difference this journal makes to the start of our day. We took the advice to leave it in sight and find it not only easy to complete but that we look forward to doing it. Not too time consuming that we dread it or put it off, it is a quick and easy exercise every morning and evening.

It is one thing to make gratitude lists in our heads every now and then but focusing on three things at the start of every day that we are grateful for forces us to focus on what exactly, in the moment, we are appreciative of. From there, considering what would make the day great builds on the feeling of positivity and we find that it is surprisingly simple things that bring joy to our day. Finally come the affirmations which have been proven to have a positive impact on wellbeing. These really set the focus for the day as we connect to the best of ourselves during this exercise and are guided by our strengths throughout the day.

Focuses you on the positive no matter how tough life gets. Helps you set purposeful intention each day. A game-changing daily habit to become better every day.

Generally, we wake up feeling happy and excited for the day and The Five Minute Journal channels this into a focus for us. We feel brighter, more positive and energised after completing the journal as well as capable and optimistic.

The night time exercise is a simple way of ending the day on a positive note. After listing the amazing things that happened during the day, the focus is on what could have made it even better and this is perhaps our favourite part of the entire process. We love to learn and every experience in life holds the opportunity for growth but what we reflect on and have insight into one day, we forget about the next. The journal allows us to record these insights and look back at them which is, for us, helpful and motivating.

We believe in growing and overcoming self-limiting beliefs to become the best versions of ourselves that we can be.

In short, we love it. It literally takes five minutes, it inspires us to be the best we can be and it is a record of growth. We have found ourselves recommending it over and again to those we love and will no doubt be placing a bulk order next Christmas because this journal is a gift that everyone can benefit from.