Journaling is a fantastic way to supercharge your personal development efforts. When your thoughts are in your head they can be challenging to analyze objectively, but getting them down on paper often provides a totally different perspective.
Our thinking tends to be very sequential; one thought leads to the next, which leads to the next. We get caught in a linear track and miss out on the bird’s eye view of the whole thought process. But with journaling you gain the ability to see things from a third-person view versus a first-person perspective.
Today I’m sharing a few of the benefits of journaling, and I hope it will help you determine if keeping a journal could be helpful to you on your self-improvement journey.
3 Benefits of Journaling
1. Solve complex challenges
When you write the issue at hand down on paper, the solution for a complex challenge often suddenly becomes obvious. The ability to re-examine the issue from a third-person perspective can make all the difference in figuring out a situation and moving forward with your life.
I have gained sudden clarity on a situation after I’ve written it down in my journal. It’s amazing, really, how helpful the written word is when it comes to seeing a situation from a different perspective.
2. Increase clarity
One of the best times to lean on your journal is when you’re filled with uncertainty about which action to take. Many things become clearer when you can get them down in writing.
Adjusting your mindset will be easier when you can see exactly what’s going on in your brain!
3. Validate your progress
Sometimes we feel like we’re spinning our wheels and not making genuine progress. When you’re feeling this way, go back and review your old journal entries. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ve made and how far you’ve come. And you’ll also probably realize that you’re taking huge strides right now, too!
How to Start a Journal
Whether you choose to keep a paper journal or an online diary is a personal decision. I enjoy using a nice leather journal and writing my journal entries by hand, but typing your entries into an online blog is fine, too.
Keep in mind that if you choose to keep an online journal, most platforms have settings that will allow you to choose your privacy settings to determine if the journal can be viewed by anyone else.
Habit-forming: Make Journaling a Daily Activity
Even if you think that there aren’t enough interesting things happening in your life to journal on a daily basis, don’t let that deter you. New habits are much easier to implement if the activity is performed regularly. Even getting down a couple of sentences every night is a start. You’ll be surprised how often you’ll write much more.
Do you keep a journal?
Journaling is a therapeutic activity that has little to no cost but provides numerous benefits. The more your journal, the more you’ll see your clarity increase, and you’ll have a much better sense of just how much progress you really are making in your life. Start journaling today and watch your self-development take on a new perspective.