In this episode I outline six reasons I have found it really helpful to keep a journal. Since downloading the Day One app it’s been easier to stick with a discipline I’ve always wanted and failed to develop.
It’s important to find the right tool for you, which for me was not pen and paper. What matters is that your tool allows you to do what you need. There is no need to find the ‘right, latest and best tool’ that the industry has to offer because there’s no such thing. Just do what works for you.
I’ve only been journaling for the past six months or so but I’ve already found that the following are a handful of the benefits that it provides. I elaborate on each one a little more within the episode of the podcast.
1. A Journal is an ideal processing tool
It gives chance to reflect and apply meaning to the events, relationships and situations we face day to day.
2. A Journal allows you to track the emotion of a situation
Our memories don’t do well with recalling emotional journeys through situations. We have emotions about the thing we remember but struggle with memories of the experience of the thing we remember. Journaling gives us chance to track how we felt.
3. Looking back at your journal is both fun and useful
It can be fun to look at your past self and read about the things that were occupying your thoughts in the past. It is useful for remembering details and the things that drift off into the abyss of unremembered events.
4. Your Journal allows you to see how and whether things resolve
Small things, and big things alike it can be difficult to see the big picture of problem through to resolution. Journalling gives us a chance to reflect on and see from a larger perspective how things work out.
5. Through your journal you notice progress and change
As humans we are brilliant at adapting to new circumstances (both positive and negative) and thought processes. We can forget the place from where we have come and so journalling has benefits to health, relationships and our state of mind because we are able to trace origins of change.
6. Writing a journal helps you to work out what and how you think about things
Writing in a journal can stimulating grounded, rational and wise respones to events and circumstances. It can gives us time and space to think through what we think about things and to reflect on why.
So those are some of the benefits I have found to keeping a journal.
Now, over to you:
What benefits have you found from keeping a journal or diary, and if you don’t why not? If you don’t currently do it, try journaling this week. Then you can feedback your experiences. What did you find easy? What did you struggle with? And, will you carry on? Leave responses in the comment section below.
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