Ways to Stop Thinking About Journaling and Actually Start Journaling
Don’t Use Full Sentences
Feel free to have your journal as disjointed as you want.
Leo Babatua of ZenHabits says he only writes his journal in bullet points; just three to six per day. By making it this easy, he says it’s much more attainable for him to keep it up.
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"We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience."
The Benefits of Journaling
- Research reveals that people who journal have a 25% increase in performance when compared to people who do not journal.
- Journaling helps improve well-being after traumatic and stressful events.
- Journaling improves communication skills. Writing reflects clear thinking, and in turn, clear communication.
- Journaling before bed decreases cognitive stimulus, rumination, and worry, allowing you to fall asleep faster.
- Reflective writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events.
The Goals of Keeping A Journal
- You can bring your problems to a journal. Journaling is you figuring things out and clearing your head.
- Leave your destructive thoughts in your journal. We all carry around destructive thoughts about the things that went wrong. Instead of holding our thoughts in our head, we can put it down on paper.
- Keep a journal for your grandchildren. Fifty years from now, our own notebooks will be around to astonish and inspire our grandchildren, unlike our tweets and Facebook posts.
- Journal for your future self. Produce something that you can look back on and learn from.
Forget all the rules others impose about a journal. Do what works for you.