I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.
The "journal," which I am working on personally and for the company, is one of the main tools of the Harada Method advocated by educator Takashi Harada, and is a human resource development method for achieving goals.
It is a tool that systematizes the commonality among successful people of all ages and cultures that "the accumulation of daily thinking and self-analysis leads to the achievement of goals," and has the following characteristics.
1) Different from a diary or daily report
A journal is a tool for reflecting on one's thoughts and actions, recording areas for improvement and awareness, and the key is to write in accordance with one's purpose and goals. It is also written for yourself, not as a report to the company or your boss.
2) It is self-coaching
Writing a journal has the same effect as receiving questions for coaching and reflection. The journal items are carefully set up so that writing is directly connected to organizing and strengthening thoughts, which naturally leads to introspection in the brain and generates awareness.
3) Leads to actual productivity improvement
The minimal version of the logbook, which emphasizes continuity, contains only four items and takes only about five minutes once you get used to it. However, "prediction and preparation" and "self-affirmation and self-efficacy improvement" are condensed in the minimal version, and as a result, it is possible to work on both "action content" and "feelings.
4) Improvement Mechanisms and High Performance Become Habit
It is said that "the smallest unit to achieve a goal is one day. By making the "improvement mechanism" a habit, the actions necessary for goal attainment become unconscious. This will ensure that the waves of favorable and unfavorable conditions remain at a high level, and continuous high performance will be possible.
5) Realization of a self-reliant organization
The journal is a tool that allows you to "change yourself" by "confronting yourself. It is the most powerful tool to achieve the performance required for your company and to enable each individual to lead a life of self-realization.
I myself look forward to continuing to work on the "logbook" and experiencing its greatness.