Journaling is a filter, a sounding board. It’s a way to connect with your innermost self not only today, but into the future.
Journaling is an effective way for people to memorialize their deepest thoughts and best ideas. It’s also a way of jotting down feelings, emotions and sentiments that you don’t know how to express to others.
Journal About Your Problems
Your journal is where you can express your deepest emotions, affairs of the heart, adversities, challenges, desires, goals, dreams and objectives into one synthesized space. It will keep you refreshed and present, which is the key to enjoying life and its unpredictable experiences.
Vent In Your Journal
We all can only handle so much in a given day. Your journal is a prime opportunity to dump your thoughts. It’s where you could write any negative or destructive thoughts you may have. You will see that such expression is liberating and once reduced to writing, those thoughts and desires will no longer be as prominent in your mind.
Your future generations will undoubtedly appreciate reading about your life and you can pass on your wisdom, ingenuity know-how, tricks, secrets, recipes and the like to future generations in your journal. You can write them reminders, notes and kind words of encouragement all in one location.
Personal growth and development is important as we get older. You can easily write your future self notes and track how you grow as a person day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year.
What may frustrate you at an early age will bring laughter as you get older. Replacing the emotions of anger, frustration and rage with patience, understanding and wisdom are essential as we evolve into the person we are becoming.
Tracking this development is important since reading the words of your younger self from an early age will help you understand how far you have come and how far you have to go.
Journal in a way that works for you
The number one rule to follow is that there are no real rules. Journaling is for your benefit and your benefit only – it is your journal and nobody else’s. Journal when you like – some people feel like doing it at the end of the day and some prefer to do it at the beginning of the day.
Journaling is similar to exercise. There are people who get up early in the morning and are in the gym at 5 o’clock and there are some people running on the treadmill at midnight. It is all about your personal preference and comfort level.
You cannot set a regimented time to journal because you will begin to resent it. Writing is not that way. You need to write when the mood strikes you. But when you do choose to write, get focused and be locked in on what you are doing – block out all distractions and focus on your thoughts and emotions and transpose them to paper seamlessly.
How to Start a Journal
The expression is “you can’t eat an apple whole.” What this means is to take small bites.
Journaling requires the same approach. Do not sit down with the intention to write a novel. Write down what you feel is necessary. Even if it is just one line, write it down. You will be surprised how quickly you get into a rhythm and the thoughts will flow from there.
Tracking A Story
Events that interest you such as sports, news events or personal family celebrations are topics that can get you started in your journal.
You can write down events of the day and your take on them along with quotes and any other details that resonate with you. Your perspective on these events as they are transpiring will certainly change over time.
Some people start the day with positive affirmations and believe that getting the day going on the right foot is essential to productivity. Perhaps begin by writing down some positive affirmations in the morning to build positive momentum.
On the other end of the spectrum, conclude your day with a review of all that has taken place. This is a good way to “book end” your day. You can review how you started and how things ended up, enabling you to make adjustments on a day-to-day basis. You should see improvement both on how your days begin and end if you do this regularly.
Quotable Quotes In Your Journal
Important quotes can come from anywhere. You may see one on social media, hear one on the bus or read one online from a famous person. You never know where the next important influential quote is going to come from.
These quotes can carry you through difficult times – do not underestimate them. There are many inspirational quotes that will give you the strength to make it through difficulties. Carry your journal with you and jot these quotes down when you hear them
Journaling can be a transformational experience that helps keep you present and aware. It is a cathartic experience that forces you to focus inward and extract the best of yourself. Start slowly and see where it takes you – enjoy the “journey” that journalism will take you on. Its one of the most rewarding things you can do with your time.