Welcome to the Tiny Steps' Resource section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for mastering more of your self, your goals and your life.
I have used or continue to use every recommendation on this page.
The resources listed here have been essential to getting where I am today in terms of my personal growth and my personal achievements, and they still continue to be.
Before getting down to it, an important disclosure.
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you decide to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these resources, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
I started keeping a journal on and off back in 2012.
At first I started out with a regular book and a pen. After a while I thought I’d get a nice book for my journaling, so I ordered a very pretty, handmade, leatherbound journal from Etsy, and brought it along for my interrail trip.
I soon discovered that it was difficult to write in once you got to the bottom half of the pages, and for a traveler it also took up quite a lot of space. My beautiful journal got lots of attention, though.
Since then I tried different paper journals, and always got frustrated with the fact that if I wanted to add something later, or if I was writing out goals and then forgot something, the process of adding or removing things and continuously working with my goals was cumbersome at best.
The Journal Features
- Dated and undated entries
- Private and secure
- Tabbed interface
- Rich text editor
- Search entries
- Spell checker
- Include photos, audio, and video
- Include spreadsheets and other files
- Stopwatch and countdown timer
- Blog from The Journal
- Create your own templates
- Includes Steve's bonus templates
I Tried It Out For 45 Days For Free
The search for a digital journal then started, and while I tried many forms of digital journaling and digital goal setting, I was still frustrated with the lack of options to keep everything in one place, and most importantly secure. This also hampered my journaling and understanding of setting goals, and I was not able to make it a solid habit.
If you’re truly going to journal and write out what matters to you, the most important thing is that what you write will stay only for you to read, and to this point I had not found something that gave me that feeling of security and peace.
In 2013 I found The Journal, and while I only used it for the 45 day trial period, it rested in the back of my mind as the solid tool to keep all my thoughts, ideas, goals and daily life experiences in, and secure.
In 2016 I finally found my understanding of what goals are and how I best work with them, and I realized how profoundly important journaling is to have a private, secure space where you can say everything about anything and anyone, what’s going on in your life and where you want to go. Say anything about life, goals, ideas, thoughts, feelings and observations.
Now I Have The Full Version
The Journal was for me the product that could provide all of this, and I could easily take it with me anywhere I wanted to go, and so I decided to purchase the full version of The Journal 7, with 20 bonus templates created by Steve Pavlina for even more value.
These templates are based on his work, and presents you with profoundly powerful questions to answer for yourself when you’re writing in your journal, and even in real time when you encounter situations in your daily life.
Here are Steve's Bonus Templates:
- 20 ways to improve
- Discover your purpose
- Ponder a random virtue
- Assess your life
- Daily postmortem
- Define your values
- Craft an intention
- Balance your life
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Assess your relationships
- Begin a 30-day challenge
- Clarify a problem
- Develop your character
- Resolve small problems
- Zero-sum thinking
- Assess your beliefs
- Attitude makeover
Benefits Of Keeping A Journal
Since I started using The Journal every day, I can easily track and work on my goals. I continuously write out what happens when I’m working on my goals as well, and so I can go back later to check if I am working on a new but similar goal.
It feels extremely freeing to truly write what I want to write in my journal. I used to kind of do this on my blog, but now I can process my thoughts better before I share things publicly.
Another thing I am very happy to experience is that I finally have an outlet to write out thoughts, feelings and ideas, and when I do that I experience almost simultaneously new, better ideas coming straight into my brain, and then I put those into action.
This creates a positive spiral that just makes you want to write out what comes into your head so that you can make space for even better ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Long Term Benefits Of Keeping A Journal
Every time I’ve used a journal over a period of time, I’ve rapidly found solutions, better ideas and ways to see things with things, problems and people that I had in my life.
Journaling as a habit is the first and most helpful, powerful action you and I can do for ourselves as a way to rapid personal growth.
Not to mention solving problems in our daily lives, getting along better with people, achieving more of what we want to do, and more quickly come to conclusions and decisions in our life that positively alter our future.
Getting to know ourselves better, what we want, what we don’t want, how we prefer things and looking at our actions versus other people’s actions to determine what is right for you, and who you want to be, and if you are in your right to defend that against the people in your life.
“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
- Only 49.95$
- Includes Bonus Exercises
- 45-Day Free Trial Version