Yasser “Kayzenn” Khokhar’s Action Journal aims to make your life a little better. Ten years of research went into creating the 284-page selfhelp book-cum-diary filled with quotes, phrases, poetry and even song lyrics from over 100 sources that are designed to help improve your life—and not just at the beginning of a New Year.
It is a collection of quality tools, strategies, information and inspiration. “I didn’t go to university so I used these words as ways to raise myself higher in different areas of my life,” says the 28-year-old journal curator. The cover of the Action Journal bears a single golden footprint embedded into the brown leather sleeve.
Its pages are beautifully designed with brown tones giving off a warm, inviting feeling. The journal opens with the statement: “Dedicated to the greatest power within you. Let it slumber no more.” To stir the user into action, the first 75 pages are dedicated to working on the journal’s user at an intimate level. Using vision boards as well as hypothetical scenarios and questionnaires, the section asks the user to make emotional, psychological and financial assessments of “The Self”. For instance, it poses the question, “Am I making the best use of my time?” and proceeds to explore how best a user can solve this issue.
The rest of the journal is dedicated to the user’s journey towards self-improvement. Laid out much like a traditional diary with short quotes at the footer, the user is urged to share in greater detail his/her thoughts on various life issues. These ruled pages are occasionally broken up by longer quotes or statements by inspirational people such as Steve Jobs, Lao Tzu, Buddha, and surprisingly, rapper Eminem. In 2013, Kayzenn hopes to launch new versions of the journal including religious and joke book editions.