Journal Writing: One habit you need for a better life

I conducted a poll last week on my Instagram profile, asking people if they often feel confused in their lives, and if they want to learn how to make better decisions in life.

 Instagram poll about confusion

Surprisingly, 90% of the people wanted to learn how to make better decisions and 85% of people voted – ‘yes, I feel confused most of the times’.
Going back to my book, and my notes about minimalism and stoicism, I started finding the answer to this.
And I did find the answer.
I had written it in my book.

“Think on paper”

Page 23 - A Stoic's Diary
Page 23 – A Stoic’s Diary

Our brain thinks a lot. Every day, we have thousands of ideas running in our brain. Almost every third second, our brain gets a thought.
While it’s easy to let go of those thoughts, it’s recommended you write it down and keep a record of it.
Writing a diary or a daily journal is the best way to document your thoughts.

Your brain doesn’t retain everything.

You forget 80% of what you learn every day. (Source)

That means if you have learnt 10 new things, you’ll forget the details of 8 of them by tomorrow.
When you keep personal notes of what you’ve learnt and what’s important, you could go back and revise your notes.

brooklyn 99 meme about writing
brooklyn 99 meme about writing

You can prioritize while writing

Whenever I get a lot on my plate, which I always have, I write things down in the bullet form, so I could easily rank them with the intensity of their importance and urgency.
Like, if you got 10 tasks to finish before next week, you can write them down on a paper, and give them ranks from 1 to 10, based on the level of urgency.
This works like a charm!

Prioritizing brings clarity

Most of the problems in a relationship occur when we prioritize someone or something (ego, insecurity, guilt) more than our partner.
Read this line again and FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

If only we start prioritizing things, people, relationships, and everything, we might be able to get rid of most of our problems.

By the way, in case you didn’t know – the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. ~ Essentialism

Journal Writing can bring early detection of depression

When you start writing a journal, you can see patterns in your day to day thoughts.
If you’re slipping into depression, you can check that as well, and early detection can be significant in any form of therapy.
Caution: Journal writing need not be considered as an effective form of cure for depression, while it may help some people to regain their self-confidence and get out of the depression, it’s most likely to be a source of detection only.

Journal Writing keeps a check on your emotions

If you are the one who gets angry easily or gets stressed out with the deadlines, feel anxious meeting new people… writing a journal is a good way to start improving your flaws.
You can monitor your thoughts like a third person when you start noting them down.

Journal Writing emphasizes your creative self

You need not be a writer to write a journal. But brainstorming your creative self on producing new ideas and thoughts in a given streamline can drastically improve your creative genius.
It doesn’t matter if you a painter or a musician, penning down your thought can give a line of direction to your art.
Don’t believe me? Try yourself.
Whatever form of art you want to pursue, start writing about it on a daily basis- how and what you feel about it, what and how you want to do in that art form, etc etc. Give it a time of at least 30 days, and you’ll feel the difference.

Journal Writing helps in organizing and managing stuff

When you start the journey of self-learning/earning, you’re going to have a lot on your plate. College assignments, job work, freelance project details, EMI descriptions, bank account and card details, future plans… ugh!
So so many details and descriptions of so so many things.

How are you going to organize, prioritize and manage all the stuff?
Answer: Write everything down.

It’s as simple as that.

Helps in achieving your goals

While making new year resolutions, did you write down your goals? Be honest.
Most of you didn’t, I know. And it’s a big big mistake.
Noting down your goals, with a specific period of times, will help you keep a timely check on your targets.
Want to earn 10K Rs from your freelance projects? Write it down and look at it every day.

Getting better with Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~Epicurus.

The Magic by Rhonda Byrne describes this simple exercise: Writing down 10 persons/experiences/places you are grateful for every day.
Within two weeks, you will notice a shift in your perspective and lifestyle. You will start seeing good in toughest of the situations. You will embrace everything with a smile, because well, accepting your fate is the ultimate purpose of our lives.

Once we have written 100-200 things we are grateful for, we can look back to them whenever we feel low in our lives – to see how much goodness our lives possess.

Improves communication skills

If you’re the one who mumbles a lot or doesn’t communicate well- bringing clarity in your thoughts is going to improve your communication skills immediately.
Our brain is such a messy organ. It has a lot of thoughts, and sometimes when we are unable to make sense of what all we are thinking, we feel a problem in communication.
Writing down your thoughts is the answer to this problem as well.

Self Confidence

Once you have clarity of thoughts, you feel and practice gratitude in life, have a clear tone of communication, and you aren’t a slave of your emotions anymore— would be any reason left not to have self-confidence?
Clarity in thoughts, life, and in your ambitions is one of the key factors in developing self-confidence.
And how would you develop clarity in thoughts?
I bet you can answer this question now.

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Benefits of journal writing - infographic
Benefits of journal writing – infographic

17 thoughts on “Journal Writing: One habit you need for a better life”

  1. One of my new year resolutions…going pretty steady And I can say it has made a huge change in my thinking process already!!

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