I’ve journaled off and on since high school. Writing helps me work out my thoughts. It helps me relax and reflect.
This summer, I started journaling for focus. Each morning, I take three minutes to write out three things I’m thankful for. Then, I record three key tasks I want to accomplish during the day. And, last, I write an affirmation such as, “I’m a person who never gives up.”
At the end of each day, I write down three things I’ve accomplished. Then, I record something I would change if I could do the day over again.
Keeping a Five-Minute Journal has improved my productivity. It’s also helped me start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude.
No matter who you are, journaling will benefit you – especially if you’re an introvert.
Check out three ways journaling will help you.
1. It Will Make You a Better Communicator.
Have you ever tried to say something intelligent and, instead, had a garbled mess of words pour out of your mouth? It happens to me all the time.
When I’ve got a great thought to contribute, I have trouble spitting it out. But convincing other people that I’m inept is a piece of cake!
We introverts need time to process before we talk. Our natural bent is not for off-the-cuff conversation.
It’s a great way to turn a fog of ideas, points, and sub points into a clear train of thought. Putting what’s in your head down on paper frees your mind to work with less. Journaling makes thinking less like trying to eat a whole banana sideways in one bite and more like relishing a bonbon.
Want to think and talk straight? Try journaling.
2. It’ll Help You Process Your Feelings.
Ask my wife and family, and they’ll tell you that I can be a non-stop emotional roller coaster. My calm exterior often masks an inner hurricane.
Journaling is one strategy that helps me get a grip. It gives me time to figure out what’s bothering me and work through it. A lot of times, I’m just overanalyzing.
Other times, journaling leads to prayer. When I’m writing and realize I can’t fix my problems, I take them to God. The result is almost always peace and inner calm.
3. It’ll Help You Capture Ideas.
Personal development guru Jim Rohn kept journals most of his life. He had a whole library full of them. The journals preserved his creative ideas. They also helped him remember what he’d learned from books, audio tapes, and seminars.
His journals meant a lot to him.
At one point in Rohn’s life, a thief vandalized his RV. The burglar broke in and stole several expensive possessions, as well as a suitcase.
Rohn didn’t care much about the possessions. He knew he could replace them. What bothered him was that he’d lost a few journals. They were in the stolen suitcase, and he’d never get them back.
How important is your mental capital?
Do you have a place where you capture your ideas? If you don’t write them down when they hit you, you may forget them for good. (A lot of successful people keep a pen and pad by their nightstand.)
Where do you record what you’re learning? Experts say that handwriting your notes improves your memory and comprehension. Digital journaling has its advantages too. When you write in a program like Evernote, you can easily organize and locate past work.
Journaling will make your life better – if you start.