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Read This If You Want To Keep A Journal But Don't Know How

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. But for mostm journaling is a tool for self-improvement. 📒

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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. But for mostm journaling is a tool for self-improvement. 📒

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.

“Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.” — Jim Rohn 

“Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.” — Jim Rohn 

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” — David Hare 

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” — David Hare 

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  • Journals can help you reflect. It’s a method of allowing the light of understanding and compassion to shine on your past.

Tips to get started

  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships. 
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

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  • 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.

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.

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Using a Bullet Journal as a productivity tracker helps you see what all you have done and what is being neglected. It tells you if what you are doing is healing to you or is counterproductive.

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