Welcome to Kaizen Journaling, a home for people who want to have their personalised arsenal for success, which is fuelled by their dreams, guided by their courage, and stamped with their unique personality. I’m glad you are here.


Kaizen is a Japanese concept.

Kai = change

Zen = better

Kaizen is roughly translated to mean continuous improvement. We apply principles of Kaizen to show you how you can take a notebook, fill it with your words, and turn it into a potent tool. Your personalised arsenal for success.




Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.

– James Cook

You must have dreams, desires, ambitions. They don’t have to be crystal clear, but they have to exist. If you are happy with mediocrity and aspire nothing more than to be average, this is not for you.


Success is the child of audacity.

– Benjamin Disraeli

Perhaps, you already are audacious, willing to question conventions. But perhaps, you are not there yet. It doesn’t matter. Audacity is the next step. No longer will you quietly accept whatever the world tells you. No longer will you accept everyone else’s definition of reality. You will create your own reality.


Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

– Oscar Wilde

It’s time to stop waiting for the world to give you opportunities. It’s time to take control. It’s time to stop wishing, and start doing.


Who am I and What I am doing here?

My name is Dolly Garland, and I’m the creator and writer here. I have been journaling for about fourteen years, and in those fourteen years I’ve filled thirty-four personal journals, numerous travel journals, writing journals, and even odd experiments like a dream journal and a tarot journal. I started journaling for the same reason most people start journals. To vent. My journals were filled with negativity and eventually, it occurred to me what a miserable picture I was painting of my life.

That realisation was the beginning of my experiments. Initially, it took a conscious effort to try and capture a full picture of my life. But slowly, I started using my journal for more and more things. It was no longer simply a recording tool for how my day went. It became a place where ideas happened, where I made goals, recorded progress, worked on my issues. I began detailed observations about people and places. I recorded facts and feelings.

I read books about journaling and scoured websites. I read published diaries. I experimented with different methods and prompts. I experimented by creating my own challenges. Then, just to share my passion for journaling, I started a blog, Journal Addict, which several of you are familiar with.

I shared my opinions and some aspects of my journaling. The comments and emails I got from readers were surprising and touching. It encouraged people, inspired them, and in some cases helped them. Let me tell you, there is nothing more rewarding than getting an email from a complete stranger, thanking you for helping them. I was being of service to people by sharing something I was passionate about, and I wasn’t even trying to help them. That got me thinking.

What if I did actually focus on helping people?

What if I could share over a decade’s worth of experiments in journal hacking?

Kaizen Journaling is the result.

Journal Addict was all about me. Kaizen Journaling is all about you.

It is a result of the experience of thousands of pages, countless ink refills, and cramped fingers. It took me over a decade to get here because I was doing it alone, experimenting without a plan, and bumbling along without direction. My hope is that by learning from my experience, it will take you far less time to make your journals into your arsenal for success.

This is a continuation of a journey, because a journey towards personal excellence has no end. I hope you will join me.

I’d love to hear about how you are using your journal. Say hi to me on Twitter, and join me on Facebook.

If you are truly committed, become a Kaizen Warrior by joining our community.

I love connecting with fellow journal keepers and even non-journal keepers who are creating success on their own terms. You can email me at dolly [at] kaizenjournaling [dot] com anytime you want to drop me a line.



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