This method can be used for all factors. It is predominantly used during monitoring processes. This is because it requires you to record information about every single session.
The training diary is a book with a page for each session. For each session, you record details on:
You would then use these thoughts and feelings to prepare for your next session.
For example, if you thought that positive self-talk was not helping you control your anger in one session, you could change the approach to deep breathing in the next session.
Below are benefits and limitations of using a training diary.
|It is well laid out and easy to complete so you are unlikely to make mistakes completing it.||If you forget to do it immediately after sessions your reflections may be inaccurate as not fresh in your mind|
|Provides a permanent record of information so you can make comparisons between sessions.|
|By putting in your thoughts and feelings, it lets you understand why something worked and helps with planning your next session.|
Let's now deconstruct the training diary and break it down into smaller parts. In doing this, we are identifying an important part in the process then showing why this part is important in making the process work.