Journals can be fun, but it is important to not let the fun hide their importance. Important? Really? Yes, really.
Life can be confusing. Journals can help you unravel the confusion in your life. Basically, journals are tools to help you think on paper. Thoughts are fast, very fast. Some of these thoughts need to be captured on paper. Hence, the need for journaling.
In addition to thoughts are events and the feelings you have in regards to that event. It will serve you well to captured all that happened in a journal. Let's take when an event happens that is important to you. It could be something about work, school, a relationship, or anything that has significance.
With many events, first thoughts aren't always appropriate. But they are what they are. And here's the important part - you can learn from them. But not if you don't capture them on paper or in your computer. Why? Because the event and your reaction to it needs to be thought through. If something like this event happens again, you want to react to it in a better way so you can get better results.
If you don't write down what happened the first time, you probably won't think it through and you could very well end up struggling when it happens again. As you can see, there's a better way. We can learn from mistakes; we can learn from inappropriate responses.
It is amazing how a blank page can suddenly make life more understandable and easier to deal with. Sometimes, simple is best.
There are different kinds of journals. With some, strategic suggestions are placed on pages to get you to consider options you may never have considered before. These are guided journals. You may want to have more than one kind of journal. Perhaps one to just record (a lined journal) and one to guide you in life.
Think about your past few days. What were they like? Were they
productive? Non productive? Happy or sad? And…well, you get the point.
And, what did you do about what happened to you recently? How did you
respond? What if you had a journal where you simply answered those
questions? Thoughts can suddenly pop into your head. Answers evolve from your
subconscious. Who knows what will flow from the fountain within?
Now consider, not the last few days, but the last year? The last five years? Even ten years? What if you had been keeping journals during that time? And you reviewed them now and then? All of a sudden, things become clearer. If you recorded a lot of what happened, you now have a vast knowledge base about life. And not just any life, your life.
Think back to the events of your past.
When things occurred did you really ponder them? Did you go through
possible solutions or just accept the first thing that popped into your
head? When you consider it, that is kind of scary, isn’t it?
When you looked back at your life, did you see the big picture of your life with all that happened to you or did you find yourself looking at small everyday items that bugged you? There is a difference. And that difference in what you focus on affects your feelings about life.
Do you find yourself reacting the same way to the events in your life time after time after time? Those are your habitual ways of thinking. But, you don’t have to continually act the same way. You have the ability to choose.
You have an internal computer called the subconscious. There are a lot of good answers inside. But you need a good way to bring those answers to the surface. If you want to get what is stored in your subconscious, one of the easiest, best way to do it is through journals. And there are all kinds of journals that can help you find all kinds of answers.
Here are some ways Journals can help you become a better, happier, you.
1. Through journals you can achieve a greater insight and grasp of your emotions, goals, and most importantly your values
Have you ever taken the time to really figure out what it is you believe and why? Or what your hopes and dreams are and how to develop a specific plan to get there?
No? Well, Journaling is the place to do it. Through journaling you can figure out all or at least most of the above.
When you look at your normal day…there is a lot of clutter. That clutter makes it hard to focus enough time on the important things. Life gets in the way, as they say. Too often you are working in your life and not on your life.
Journaling is nothing more than a tool you can use to figure out what you need to do and to, then, not take for granted this gift we call life.
We all have so much going on. Where do you work? How do you feel about it? Do you have the feeling you could be doing more? Why not take some time to figure things out and possibly chart a new, better path for you life?
What are some other possibilities? Imagine that you could be working a year from now (better yet, months) at a new job where you find yourself looking forward to going into work. How does something like that happen? A good place to start is with journaling. It may take some time and effort, but hey, it’s your life and the years you have left for working. Why not make the most of it?
2. By looking within, you will see connections that you weren’t aware existed and in the process gain a better sense of who you are
It is important for you to get a greater perception of how you handle problems. Most people don’t realize this, but the biggest cause of problems for anyone is…themselves. Yes, you read that right, themselves. There is an internal battle we all go through, a sort of tug-of-war so to speak. It could even be considered a ‘good me’ vs. a ‘bad me.”
all those times you knew you shouldn’t do something, and yet, low and
behold, you do it anyway. Why? And why did the ‘bad me’ win in that
Because it is you, and you’re prejudice, you will have problems changing that outcome in the future if it occurs again. Guess what? Writing things down in a journal can help.
And, if you study what you record and really think through them, you can come up with different paths to take, and thereby change your future. It can be done. Others are doing it, why not you?
But you need to know
what to change and why. And, then you have to come up with a different
routine that will work over time. Again, journaling can help.
All of what was said above is called self-discovery. And that is what a guided journal can help you make happen.
3. Today, it is easy to lose your focus when there is so much around you ready, willing, and able to distract. Journaling can help you deal with it
They say humans have the
attention span of a goldfish. I don’t know if that is really true, but I
know it is a problem nonetheless.
So how can journaling help with a bad attention span. When you record a problem you are having in your journal, you have something to help keep you on track.
Distracted? No problem. Reread what you wrote. The first thing you will notice is how much clearer problems become. And when you are clear about a problem, there is a far greater chance you will find an answer. You certainly won’t find it if you are distracted.
And, if necessary, you can look back at a problem and your thinking on it by going back in time to your journal.
When people talk about reasoning something through, they are talking about thinking about the problem in context. What else is going on? If you’re distracted, you will likely miss something int the context. Your reasoning could end up faulty.
Now you see some of the power of journaling.
4. Let’s say you want to change things. Then, how do you know what you have changed is working? Let a journal help you do that
Why it is important to track your progress:
It is easy to get up in the process of living and fail to realize you have gotten off track at times. It is easy to kid ourselves. And then, before you realize it, your time is up, you look back and wonder how you didn’t get more accomplished.
That may not be true for everyone, but it is good to take a little time to confirm your accomplishments are happening the way you want them to. You don’t want to leave too much on the table.
Tracking your progress also allows you to see where you were doing things right and where you were doing things wrong. It shows you what you have changed and indicates where you should have changed more.
You make more and better progress when you learn where and how you made a mistake. Mistakes teach you far more than successes will. Study your journal to be quicker to make better progress.
5. The purpose of life is to live. You are born with potential and your goal in life should be to reach that potential. To achieve that goal requires personal growth. Journals are tools for personal growth
They can be used for mindfulness where you learn more about yourself, or they can be used as log books to track your progress on a particular project, or they can be used as a therapeutic tool to express and release emotions.
How you use a journal is up to you. There are all kinds of journals. You just need to find the one that is write for you.
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