“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever.” – Will Self
Believe it or not, but journaling everyday can increase your overall productivity. Every day, we have hundreds of thoughts and ideas we do not pay any attention to. Journaling helps you keep a track of all the progress you have made and all the progress you need to make. If you don’t jot it down right away, there is a good chance you won’t be able to recall a thought five minutes later, let alone when you go to bed at night and contemplate over all you thought about throughout the day. Here’s why you should start journaling:
Journaling Improves Your Insight
As you write down your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper, you are actually conducting a dialogue with yourself. This draws attention to what you have missed out and allows you to learn more about yourself. Once you have written a few entries, you will gain insight about yourself and the things that surround you. Are you making progress in life? Have you given up those toxic habits that are hindering your productivity? Writing a journal helps you track your progress and allows you to gain insight into new things.
Allows You to Heal
It is important you express yourself and journaling is one of the best ways to do so. Many children who go through depression or show signs of anxiety are advised to write a journal. It helps them express their thoughts into words, words they would normally not have the courage to speak. Expressive writing is a means of healing physically, emotionally and psychologically. Stress often is a result of over thinking or from emotional blockage. It is important that you free your mind and release all the anxiety trapped within you.
Keeps Track Of Your Overall Development
Life happens and life happens fast. Unfortunately, most of the times, we do not stop to look around at the progress we have made or how far we have come. Writing a journal allows you to keep track of your overall development. It allows you to see how much you have changed with time and how far you have come in life. In other words, you can take note of all that you have achieved in life. This way, you can motivate yourself and assure yourself that life hasn’t been a waste of time.
Allows You to Notice the Small, Wonderful Things in Life
Did somebody compliment you about your hair today? Did your meeting at work go exceptionally well? Did you try out a new cuisine today? Perhaps you should note it down. Writing detailed accounts of your day will allow you to focus on the small and wonderful things in life. You may not know this but someday you will look back on your journal entries and smile at the wonderful life you have had.
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