How Reverse Journaling Helps Bring Focus and Clarity (Video)

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When I was a high school English teacher, I started every class with a journal prompt. As I watched my students come in the door, sit down, and work on their journals each class period, I felt like I was seeing a transformation take place before my eyes. They changed from loud, frazzled teenagers into focused, creative beings in the span of less than 10 minutes.

Journaling is so powerful, in fact, that I use it in my work with clients. Often, the brilliant but busy professionals I work with simply need a quiet space to access their creativity. Writing in a journal provides them the space to engage with themselves in a way that our productivity-focused society just doesn’t make space for.

So, when brand strategist Justin Foster sent me an e-mail with a reverse journaling activity, I was intrigued. After completing the activity, I felt it was it so powerful that I needed to share it with a wider audience. I asked Justin to chat with me via video to share more about reverse journaling, and we ended up talking about a lot more than writing. Enjoy watching!

Download the FosterThinking Reverse Journaling PDF here.

Do you use journaling to access creativity? Did you complete the reverse journal activity? What intrigues you about this process? Please share below!

About Justin Foster (@fosterthinking): Based in Austin, Texas, Justin believes that nothing matters until you know your heart.  And that when you know your heart, it changes how you live, lead and brand. Along a journey that started on a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon to 49 states and 6 countries, Justin has worked with leaders of every sector and industry to discover their truth and convert it into vibrant, relevant brands. Co-founder of the branding firm root + river, Justin is a relentless and optimistic advocate for unleashing the power of truth and authenticity – and the systematic elimination of all that is boring and stale in organizations.

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  1. Good stuff, Stacy! I look forward to hearing how you’ve begun to use the strategy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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