Some people think it's a waste of time to keep a journal, and for some, they can't live without it. This blog talks about the benefits of keeping a journal. Read on, you'll be surprised to know the benefits it could bring to your life.
1) Getting Things Done
When you write your to-do-list it makes it more legit rather than the list just stuck in your head. Writing it down makes you more aware what needs to get done, and oh the joy of crossing it out once you've done a particular task! With so many things that can happen everyday, expected and unexpected, we often forget what we have to do. When you wake up in the morning, make it a habit to journal your to-do-list. If you keep doing this every morning, and you stick with this habit - this will eventually become a part of your morning routine. The Freedom Journal by John Lee Dumas, is designed to help and guide you accomplish your goal in 100 days. If your main focus is achieving a specific goal(s), I highly recommend this one.
2) Gaining Gratitude
Whether you're working or studying or both, whether you have kids or you don't, it's hard not to get caught up in this hectic world we live in. There's always too many things to do whether it's work, meet up with a friend, meeting with your boss, drive your kids to school, or visit a family member, groceries, and getting your workout in. When you're busy the days just fly by and we forget to reflect on the good things that happen on a daily basis. I mean there has got to be at least one good thing that happens to you everyday, right?! When we write things down such as 'things that made today great' we reflect on these things, and naturally we become thankful and grateful. At the end of your busy day try writing down the positive things that occurred that day. If you do it everyday, it will become a habit and you will gain gratitude and maybe start looking at things differently in a positive way. Again, make it a part of your routine. Having a great routine is what shapes you to become the person you want to be.
3) Self Control
Journaling gives you a chance to write down what your weaknesses and strengths are. It gives you a chance to dig deep within yourself; admit your flaws. It's okay to have flaws and shortcomings. There is no such thing as perfect, no one is perfect. Writing down and reading your mistakes, or things you wish you could've done gives you that opportunity to look back and make things better and improve on yourself, how you handle things, etc. The more you journal the more you're going to want to write about the good things in your life. Seeing the 'bad' and unsuccessful events in your journal is never a pleasant sight but look at it as your next thing to improve on.
4) Stress Reliever
Journaling can be a way to ease anxiety. Often stress comes from emotional blockages, and overthinking all the possibilities, all the 'what if's' in your head which sometimes can be overwhelming. By writing your worries, you free yourself from mentally being worried with all the 'what if's' in life. Treat your journal as a good friend, someone who is a good listener who you can trust with all your worries, feelings, and successes. You'd be surprised how it may help you relieve your stresses.
5) Emotional Intelligence
This means having the ability to recognize and manage your emotions. Journaling increases self-awareness. Being able to recognize your emotions and why and how you react to things is one thing. Being able to manage your actions after your emotions is another thing. When you are in charge of your emotions you will have a much better experience with the people and the things you surround yourself with. Being able to get on the same page with someone is a character of emotional intelligence, and allows for a much better, much deeper connection.
These are just some of the benefits of journaling, there are more positive points it could bring and add to you life. If you haven't journaled before and have been wanting to try it or maybe you used to do it but just fell out of track and you don't know how to start, below are links to journals that can help you get started with your journey to journaling.
Journal on peeps, and remember to make it a part of your routine to experience the full benefits of keeping a journal.