Marach T.

Designing Your Life: Good Time Journal

a filled Good Time Journal worksheet from Designing Your Life book

The Good Time Journal is an exercise to understand how I feel about each activity that I encountered. The exercise is from the book ‘Designing your life’.

The instruction is to log what I do and how I feel about it in term of engagement, energy, and flow. After logging for a few weeks then I take a closer look to see if I can identify why I felt that way.

I printed out the 'Good Time Journal - Activity log worksheet' (available at Design Your Life website). I logged it for 3 weeks.

Results from the log #

Here's what I found out from the log.

Engagement #

For me, the engaging activities are mostly related to self and creative expression. For example, drawing, coding, writing, teaching.

Also, some activities that require me to think a lot. For example, learning and practicing, requirement gathering, analyzing process and data,

Energy #

The activities that I feel most energized me are the ones which relate to self-improvement. For example, learning, working out.

Also, I feel great when I know that I’m trying to understand and helping someones to be better.

For example, requirement gathering (understanding needs and wants and walk through a possible solution together), and teaching.

Flow #

I reach flow when I'm

The ones that I don’t like #

I hate to

Conclusion #

I have a good time when