How It Works
The OAK Journal is a structured tool to help anyone achieve their life goals. Here is an overview of the proven methodology to help anyone reach their full potential.
Writing It Down
Why use a journal instead of an app? You already have all events in your digital calendar, so why bother to write them down in this journal? Are you aware that by writing down a goal, it increases the probability of accomplishing it significantly? Many studies have shown you become almost 50% more likely to achieve your
goals and dreams by regularly writing them down. A real journal gives you something tangible to work with, and something is satisfying about the touch of paper. Additionally, writing stimulates and engages your brain, making it simpler to retain data. Many favor writing by hand as it is a more raw, authentic experience
that helps tap into your brain's creative side.
Find Your WHY
Start by your personal WHY. Everyone has a WHY. Your WHY is the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires us. Knowing your WHY gives you a filter to make choices, at work and home, that will help you find greater fulfillment in all that you do. It is your reason for getting up in the morning. It is what motivates you to action. It is what keeps you focused every day. No one has the power to take your purpose from you.
Set SMART 90-Day Goals
It has been documented that as humans, our ability to focus on a task or goal is just 90 days. Since we only have the attention span of 90 days it is essential to identify the most important things that must get done in the next three months. In setting these goals/tasks/milestones, we establish 90-day goals. These goals
should always be S.M.A.R.T. (simple, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound). Let nothing get in the way of completing your goal. It is essential to focus on what is most important to move you toward your B.H.A.G (big hairy audacious goal) because if everything's important, then nothing is going to get completed. Create an icebox or backlog throughout your year of ideas that come up and prioritize them at the beginning of each quarter, selecting no more than 3-4 goals.
Inspiration is motivational, but habits get results. In business or personal life, creating habits will pave the way to accomplishing your goals. Like athletes training to compete at the highest level or a soldier trained for combat, we don't rise miraculously to meet a challenge but rather default to what we are prepared for. Good habits help you reach your goals while setting a foundation for life. If you have a life goal, it isn't the goal itself that will help you attain your dreams; it is the habits that you form and follow while you are trying to get there. Habits are the basic building blocks of reaching any goal or succeeding in any plan.
To accomplish great things, you must make constant progress toward your goal. It's easy to procrastinate starting something when the task at hand is intimidating, which leads to analysis paralysis. Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Progress comes from small actions every day. Don't wait until you think conditions are perfect, or you will be sitting around waiting forever.
At the end of every week, we have created positive psychology exercises to help you become the best possible version of yourself. Take an hour each week to complete the activity to get the most significant value from this journal. From building willpower like a muscle to creating your bucket list, the process of completing the weekly exercises will maximize your ROI from this journal.
The weekly retrospective was taken from the Agile software methodology, where they review the last "sprint" (a sprint is 1-2 weeks of focused work on a project or goal). At the end of each sprint, you evaluate three things: What worked and pushed forward towards the goal, anything puzzling; and lastly, what blocked or impeded progress. By examining the last short interval of time, it gives visibility into how you are tracking to accomplish the goal. It brings clarity to any impediments earlier rather than later, also providing the ability to pivot direction if needed based on data.