The Mastery Journal: How to Ace Productivity, Discipline & Focus in 100 Days

The Mastery Journal

Is your to-do list overflowing?
Are you jumping from task to task without finishing anything?
Do you consistently procrastinate taking action towards your goals?

Enter The Mastery Journal: A simple step-by-step guide to help you master the art of Productivity, Discipline & Focus.

As John Lee Dumas – the creator of The Mastery Journal – puts it: “it’s an accountability partner that won’t let you fail!”

John is the founder of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, EOFire.

EOFire has featured renowned entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, Brian Tracy, and over a thousand others. The incredibly popular podcast gets over a million downloads every month.

John has been featured on various channels including ABC, CNBC, FOX and several popular blogs. In less than four years, EOFire has grown to generate annual revenues of 7 figures.

The Mastery Journal by John Lee Dumas

The Mastery Journal, launched as a Kickstarter project in early January 2017, has raised $280,852 from 3,659 backers!

Curious to know how this Journal can turn you into a productivity Ninja who is a master of discipline and focus?

Here’s what John told SuccessIsWhat’s Joy Ghose & Peter Banerjea about this powerful tool:

Joy: What is the Mastery Journal and how does it help people?

John: The Mastery Journal is a guide that walks you through exactly how to master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

By helping you establish a morning routine, holding you accountable, guiding you to plan ahead, and giving you four focus sessions every single day – so you have set times to make progress on the most important tasks and projects – the Mastery Journal won’t let you fail.

Peter: You have said: “Bad ideas are not the reason entrepreneurs fail. Entrepreneurs fail because of a lack of execution”. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

John: You can talk all you want about achieving goals and implementing new things in your business to help it grow, but if you’re not taking action on any of those ideas, then you’ll be left standing exactly where you are now.

Even if you take action on an idea and it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, at least you’ll be learning valuable lessons and will have uncovered a new path and direction to take you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Joy: Distractions are the biggest obstacle to focused work. What is your one simple hack to focus on the task at hand?

John: It’s really not a hack: all you have to do is commit to it.
Sit down, set a timer for the task at hand, and commit to not letting distractions pull you off course.

Peter: The Mastery Journal gives a lot of importance to planning the morning routine, a night before. How does this help in making me productive?

John: Yes, I love the ‘win tomorrow today’ section of The Mastery Journal because it takes the guesswork out of getting started. Believe it or not, this is where most entrepreneurs struggle: with getting started.

By planning your morning routine the night before and identifying the ONE goal you will accomplish the next day, you’ve already established what you’ll do when you wake up. All that’s left to do is wake up and do it.

The Mastery Journal

Joy: Each day has a section on ‘I am grateful for’. How does that help in mastering productivity, discipline and focus?

John: What we think about becomes who we are. Through recognizing the things we’re grateful for every single day we create positivity, and when you start your day with positive thoughts versus negative ones, you gain great momentum to work.

Peter: How will the Mastery Journal keep me accountable and motivated to work on my tasks regularly?

John: The biggest thing that gets in the way of your motivation is a lack of progress.

Once you start using The Mastery Journal as a guide to measure progress, you’ll begin to see results immediately. From the first day, you’ll notice a difference in your productivity, discipline and focus just by following the prompts I’ve laid out for you.

As you gain momentum and start accomplishing tasks and projects in a single day that used to take weeks to accomplish, a lack of progress will be a thing of the past for you. How could you not want to continue?

Joy: Can the Mastery Journal help if I am already following a productivity system?

John: Yep! The Mastery Journal may be similar to your existing productivity system, or it may be completely different. But what’s great about The Mastery Journal is that it’s simply a guide. Once you start, you’ll find your own rhythm and the ideas within the Journal will be a great addition to your existing system.

Peter: In 2016, you launched The Freedom Journal, a step-by-step guide to accomplishing your #1 goal in 100 days. How does it complement the Mastery Journal?

John: The Freedom Journal complements The Mastery Journal in many ways. The Mastery Journal helps you master 3 skills that are integral to accomplishing the goals you set. Without productivity, discipline and focus, you won’t be able to accomplish your goals.

So, whether you start with The Freedom Journal and set your #1 goal, or you start with The Mastery Journal, the other will help guide you through the integral steps necessary to take your business and life to the next level.

EOFire has partnered with Pencils of Promise to build schools in developing countries; every time they reach a funding goal John Lee Dumas will personally donate to Pencils of Promise on behalf of The Mastery Journal supporters. Last year, EOFire donated $75,000 with The Freedom Journal launch.

Disclaimer: SuccessIsWhat is not an affiliate to The Mastery Journal or EoFire.

8 thoughts on “The Mastery Journal: How to Ace Productivity, Discipline & Focus in 100 Days”

  1. Peter & Joy – thank you so much for this amazing write up! Love knowing that these 3 skills are top of mind for people, as they’re so integral in helping us accomplish the goals we’ve set in both business and in life!

    • Thanks Kate! You and John are doing amazing work. For anyone serious about accomplishing their goals, The Mastery Journal is a great place to start.

  2. Great article! It’s all about getting started and then commit to the process although I would be careful to try to put to many systems in place. Over the time I switched between so many different apps/ systems/ etc. that it became a distraction all by itself.

    In the end I came to the conclusion: Just just ONE system and stick with it weather it’s on paper, an app like Trello or Wunderlist, an Excel-File or some kind of journal. 🙂

    The journal definitely looks best 😀


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