I recently shared this diary on social media and asked if you wanted to hear more about it — the response was a resounding yes, and the makers of The 6-Minute Diary were kind enough to sponsor this post and supply three notebooks for me to giveaway to you! Read on to find out what I like about this diary, and enter for a chance to win one for yourself. All opinions my own, and I’m thrilled to be able to partner with a company whose product I genuinely enjoy.
It’s no secret that I am a journal junkie. A trip to the store isn’t complete without several long minutes in the notebook section (mostly talking myself out of buying them all). My journals serve many purposes — to practice gratitude, to document life, to reflect and learn about myself — and I’m always on the lookout for notebooks that can help me reach those goals.
I like the concept of notebooks like this one -- something simple and structured to help you get into the habit of daily journaling -- but as someone who is already a veteran journal keeper, they felt a bit like training wheels I didn’t need. Which is why The 6-Minute Diary took me completely by surprise.
For starters, the first third of this diary is actually a book, not a diary, and goes into depth on positive psychology, the effects of practicing gratitude, and how the methods used in this diary have been shown to lead towards steadier, more resilient happiness. I was struck by how intentional each section of the diary is, how thoughtful the questions it asks are, and the ‘why’ behind it left me itching to pick up my pen and jump in.
The diary is structured into daily pages with six easy questions: what are you grateful for, how will you make today great, a positive affirmation, what good deed did you do today, how can you improve, and what good things did you experience today.
Each of these questions is deceptively simple, and I quickly discovered that in the process of answering them I was learning the answers to far more important questions — like what I’m feeling most insecure about, where to focus my energies, and how to approach the day ahead in a way that serves me both now, and in the long run.
In addition to the daily pages, there are weekly questions that are just as revealing — questions I hadn’t thought to ask myself in all my years of keeping journals.
I’ve been using the notebook for a few weeks now, and it’s become a happy addition to my journaling practice — the first one I write in every morning, and the last one I write in every night. It hasn’t replaced any of my other notebooks, but has added something that I hadn’t known was missing.
Half a year of daily pages and weekly questions
Monthly reviews as well as space for tracking up to three habits of your choice
Blank space for additional notes or ideas
Two ribbon book marks and a pocket at the back
I chose to use a pencil in my diary, but I did a test with my fountain pens and the paper handled them better than expected. A bit of feathering with wetter nibs, but fine nibs performed well and had no bleed-through!
The only negative I can come up with is that “6-minutes” isn’t enough. Not including the time spent reading the first third of the book, I typically spend at least ten or fifteen minutes a day filling out the daily and weekly questions. That said, I consider it time well spent, and even if you are short on time this diary packs a lot into the time you invest.
If you think this diary might be the one for you, you are in luck! The folks over at Create Ur Best Self are providing THREE diaries for me to giveaway to you — just use the Rafflecopter below to enter for a chance to win!
UPDATE: Giveaway closed. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered!
Giveaway ends March 17th at Midnight EST. Three separate winners will be randomly selected on March 18th (each winner will receive ONE notebook). Giveaway open internationally. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The 6-Minute Diary for yourself or a friend, you can find it on Amazon HERE, or check out the Create Ur Best Self website HERE.
What are 3 things you are grateful for today?
This is the first question in each of the 6-Minute Diary’s daily pages. Right now my answers are: getting the chance to partner with a company whose product I believe in, my husband warming up my coffee about seven times while I wrote this blog post, and sunlight finally peaking through the dark Michigan winter. Let me know what you are grateful in the comments below, and be sure to use the contest form above to enter for a chance to win your own copy of this diary!