The Productive Benefits of Journaling (plus 11 ideas for getting started) - Deepstash

deepstash

Beta

Deepstash brings you key ideas from the most inspiring articles like this one:

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

The Productive Benefits of Journaling (plus 11 ideas for getting started)

https://doist.com/blog/benefits-of-journaling/

doist.com

The Productive Benefits of Journaling (plus 11 ideas for getting started)
In conducting personal (read: not at all scientifically rigorous or thorough) research for this article, I asked anyone willing to talk to me if they journal and, if so, what exactly they journal about. (Yes, this did make for several very awkward conversations.) Of the thirty-two people I asked, just four journaled regularly.

5

Key Ideas

Save all ideas

Journaling approaches

  • The Gratitude Journal: Simply write about something that you’re grateful for.
  • Morning Pages: Before starting work each day, write 3 pages, long-hand, of anything that crosses your mind, to clear your head.
  • The Goal Journal: Incorporating your goals into a daily journal is a huge step to getting them done.
  • The Values Journal: Identify the values that are important to you. Then write about how the events of your day connect back to your values.
  • The Curiosity Journal: Challenge yourself to write about one thing every day that made you stop and ask a question.

3.96k SAVES

7.57k READS

VIEW

What you write, you learn

What you write, you learn

The key to learning is to stop passively consuming information and start actively engaging with the ideas we encounter.

One effective way researchers have found to reinforce learning is through reflective writing: It promotes the brain’s attentive focus, boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns and gives the brain time for reflection.

2.91k SAVES

7.34k READS

What you write, you control

What you write, you control
  • Recording your thoughts in a medium outside your own head helps your mind to become quieter: It stops returning to the same worn-out mental loops over and over. 
  • When you recount and reflect upon your thoughts and experiences you are, in effect, telling your own story. Journaling helps us clarify, edit, and find new meaning in these narratives.

2.75k SAVES

5.71k READS

Journaling and personal goals

Journaling and personal goals
Journaling about your goals helps you clarify what you want and encourages you to consider the why and how not just the what

It serves as a tool for identifying what you should prioritize on a daily basis, and what you should let go of. And it also gives you a record of the progress you’ve made toward your goals to keep you motivated.

2.52k SAVES

4.78k READS

Getting the most out of journaling

  • Use pen and paper, to reap the psychological and productive benefits of journaling;
  • Make it a habit: Keep your journal in the same spot where you’ll see it at the same time every day.
  • Embrace slowness. Resist the instinct to rush through it to get to the next thing.
  • Don’t edit; just write.
  • Experiment and find out which approaches work best for you.

2.71k SAVES

5.35k READS

SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Write About Your Values

Writing about our personal values can make us feel loving, powerful, connected and in control while increasing our sense of power and empathy. It also makes us connect them with the events in our l...

Integrity Report

Three-step action of working with your personal values:

  • List out and elaborate on your core values.
  • Conduct a self-assessment of how you have lived and worked by those core values in the past year.
  • Hold yourself accountable for the misses and unachieved value-targets, if any.

This self-assessment is essential towards improving your life and the ability to manage stressful events and circumstances.

Adjust Your Mindset

Your first notebook will be your learning notebook. Like any productivity method, it will take time to find a bullet journaling flow and structure that works for you. 

Any creative en...

The first steps

  1. Get a Journal and Writing Utensils
  2. Start an Index Page: The backbone of your BuJo system, like a table of contents in a book
  3. Create Logs - places where you can brain-dump tasks, projects, goals
  4. Pick Signifiers: Many people use bullets for lists of tasks, circles for events, and dashes for notes. 
  5. Document Items with Collections: Collections are running lists and anything you want to remember for later(like blog topics, books you want to read etc.)

The 3 common types of logs:

  • A future log helps you keep track of items that aren’t yet on your immediate radar.
  • Monthly logs include things like calendars and categorized goal lists for the next 30 days.
  • Daily logs may includes entries of to-dos, meetings, and reminders.

one more idea

Journaling as self-improvement tool

The practical reason to keep a journal: To manage yourself. Most of us still see journaling as a hobby, something that we do for fun or to relax. Sure, those reasons might be true for some. Bu...

The quality of your thoughts

You truly get to know the quality of your thoughts when you write them down: how good of a thinker you are, how to make decisions and if they make sense, your goals, priorities, etc.

Things to write about in your journal

  • Write about your activities.
  • Write about what scares you.
  • Write about your decisions.