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Journaling is a great outlet that many people don’t take advantage of. Writing down your thoughts or keeping track of your life can increase productivity and provide relief from a stressful day as well as completely change your life.
Keeping a journal allows you to focus on the moment
While I am new to journaling, I have found it so beneficial that I wanted to share just how much it has changed my life for the better. From work to family, I have been to get more done while keeping my attention focused where it needs to be.
I am an incredibly busy person with an unlimited amount of tasks that I need to complete daily and if you’re reading this, the same probably goes for you. As a result, I frequently find myself having a high level of stress due to trying to remember all the tasks I need to complete. In addition, life contains struggles and circumstances that can sometimes be overwhelming.
There are many types of journals out there. You can find inspirational journals, food journals, bullet point journals, encouragement journals, and the list goes on and on. No matter which journal a person might choose, the benefits of using even one have been proven to be so effective that your life can literally be changed just by writing in one.
The proof is in the pudding
Some of the most successful people journal. From Albert Einstein to Marie Curie to Jennifer Aniston, keeping a journal, or diary, is an excellent way to document past failures, successes, answered prayers, or ideas that may need to be developed further.
Here’s a quote from David Sedakis
“I’ve been keeping a diary for 33 years and write in it every morning. Most of it’s just whining, but every so often there’ll be something I can use later: a joke, a description, a quote. It’s an invaluable aid when it comes to winning arguments. ‘That’s not what you said on February 3, 1996,” I’ll say to someone.”
While that quote may be a little funny, you can see the value in writing down thoughts or ideas. According to Skip Prichard, a few simple benefits found from journaling include…
- Better Organization
- Improved Decision Making
- Improved Demeanor, Attitude and Judgment
- Enhanced Intention
- Positive Reinforcement
View his post on ‘Why Journaling Makes Better Leaders” here . He offers valuable insight as to why he finds journaling to be a great outlet.
What I’d like to share with you is the importance of releasing the staggering amount of information we must process on a daily basis. While I mentioned that some of the most successful people journal, that’s only part of my intention with this post. I’m hoping to inspire you with the notion of health, well-being, productivity and focus that comes from keeping any type of journal.
Being able to write down something that is bothering you can lift off the heaviness that comes along with it. In my own journaling, I will talk to God on paper. I express my thoughts with pen and paper and allow myself to be open to hearing from Him.
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Health and Wellness
Similarly, being bogged down with unnecessary information can take a toll on our health. Simply releasing some of that information on paper frees up other parts of the brain to function more effectively. As mentioned before, I am ridiculously busy and when family time comes around, I want to be able to focus on them.
If I keep a journal nearby, or if I take a few moments ahead of time to jot things down, I am able to be “present” during our precious time together.
Inspiration, Lists, and Positive Changes
Depending on your purpose, the type of journal you choose will vary. I suggest starting with just one, maybe an inspirational journal. You could write down a few quotes in the journal that you have found to be effective in bringing you joy and keep it handy for easy access on rough days.
Maybe you need a journal to keep track of daily tasks and appointments. Then a bullet journal might be best for you. Maybe you want to track your exercise, eating or spending habits. These are all very good ways to make positive changes in your life.
The idea here is to be able loose random thoughts onto paper and grab hold of thoughts that need further attention. In doing so, you find life simply becomes easier. You no longer have to run and rerun tasks in your head nor do you have to hold on to negative thoughts that may be plaguing you.
It makes you happier person overall. I love the point Skip Prichard made regarding Enhanced Intention. It is…
“Acting as a mechanism to evaluate and focus your mind on what you want versus spending energy on what you do not want.”
Being able to see on paper what has worked and what hasn’t worked. You can discover what has caused you distress or problems allows you to rethink what your next move might be. You just might notice a pattern emerge within your daily writing and you will gain the ability to make better choices in the future and live more intentionally.
By the same token, being able to release the pent-up emotions that build up calms the mind and can change the attitude. Letting go of something is so freeing. It’s like “Ok, I wrote it down, now it can leave me alone.” That’s what makes journaling a great outlet.
Journaling can completely change your life.
Whether it’s financial, emotional, physical, or even medicinal, keeping a journal can improve your quality of life and help you focus on what to keep and what to let go. With all these wonderful attributes journaling has to offer, why not give it a try?
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
Have a blessed day!