This is a tool by the Presencing Institute and part of the Theory U methodology. You can also find other Theory U tools in our toolbox (just search for ‘Theory U’) and on the website of Presencing Institute.
Guided journaling leads participants through a self-reflective process following the different phases of the U. This practice allows participants to access deeper levels of self-knowledge, and to connect this knowledge to concrete actions.
Uses & Outcome: 
  • Access deeper levels of self-reflection & knowledge.
  • Learn how to use Journaling as a reflective tool.
  • Connect self-reflection to concrete action steps.

Journaling Practice can be used in groups of any size. The exercise follows the co-sensing phase meaning that participants have already moved through the left side of the U-Process.

A minimum of 45 minutes is required. Depending of the context this journaling process can take up to 60-90 min.


Step 1 Preparation
Prepare a quiet space that allows each participant to enter into a process of self-reflection without distractions.

Step 2 Guided Journaling Questions
Read one question after the other; invite the participants to journal guided by the respective question. Go one by one through the questions. Move to the next question when you sense that the majority of the group is ready. Don’t give participants too much time. It is important to get into a flow and not to think too much.

This tool takes you by the hand guiding you through the process in steps, and includes a long list of guided journalling questions that you can use.

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