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Why You Should Take the Leap and Start Journaling
Journaling covers much more than a routine encapsulation of your day. It is a way to dig up old ideas and renew them, effectively work through your issues, and direct your focus to what you want to achieve.
Setting aside some time in your day to meditate on your life, job, relationships, hopes, and dreams has many benefits.
The goal of journaling is not to write stories for others, but simply to jot down your thoughts for your eyes only. If you are on the fence about journaling, here are a few reasons why you should stop thinking, take the leap, and start journaling.
It's like talking to your best friend
Your journal doubles up as your best friend and the most cost-effective therapist you could find. Not only is it available to you at all times, but it creates a space wherein you are not judged or shamed for your thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Writing down your feelings – good, bad, and the ugly – allows you to dull the edge of toxic feelings, and clears your mental space for more joyful and focused thoughts.
Journaling makes you self-aware
In today’s fast-paced lives, it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and to get bogged down with day-to-day events. With a journal, you get the opportunity to observe your behavior and thought processes, learn about your patterns, and find out what is really important to you.
Journaling effectively puts you in touch with yourself and makes you more self-aware. Being self-aware has many benefits including allowing you to grow both personally and professionally.
Clear mental clutter
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of journaling is clearing mental clutter as you transfer your thoughts from your head onto paper.
Instead of storing problems or task lists, you get to use your mind to actually come up with creative solutions to sort through everything, and prioritize your to-do list.
From all the thoughts that you have, to behavioral and mental changes over a period of time, your journal contains a gold mine of information that you can use to live mindfully – take the leap , find your best journal and start journaling today.
You may have been thinking of journaling for a long time, but there comes a point when you need to stop thinking and start journaling. The first thing to do is to reexamine your idea of what journaling is. Most people believe journaling involves writing poetic prose that goes on for pages and pages. Journaling is simply a tool that you can use to set some time aside to delve into your day, your life goals, and the flow of your thoughts. Here are 5 journaling tips to get you started.
Though there are many journaling apps ready for download, it is a better idea to use traditional journals and writing instruments. Having an app on your device might be convenient, but you will still be staring at a screen where distracting notifications abound. You can always use an app to quickly jot down stray thoughts while you are at work.
Start In The Morning
Journaling at the end of the day may sound like a good idea – a lot has happened, and penning a recap of the day makes sense. However, it is much more likely that journaling slips out of your mind after a hard day’s work. Start your day with writing down what you hope to achieve and recapping your dreams.
Try Brain Dumping Ideas First
Plenty of time gets wasted as you reframe and rethink ideas. A brain dump or stream of consciousness style of writing involves writing about everything you think of – exactly as you think it. Forget about judging your thoughts, editing for grammar, and creating a defined flow – just write.
Take Advantage of Journaling Prompts
A blank page seems daunting, especially for a beginner. Look for journaling prompts to get you started. Even though you may start by answering a prompt, you will eventually get to writing about whatever topic or issue is on the forefront of your mind.
Sometimes you may not even realize that you are currently enjoying what you had once desperately hoped for. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will help you change your overall perspective toward problems in life. Simply jot down three things you are thankful for at the start of every day.
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