Life is ever busy and we often don’t have the time and energy to focus properly on every area of our lives. We’ve all been there, goals that never saw the light of day or deadlines that get postponed.
Today, we have a lot of things in our world pulling for our attention, keeping us from being productive and achieving our life goals. Being able to better define our objectives and create a system to monitor and evaluate them makes them much more likely to become reality. One of the best ways to do this is through journaling on a regular basis. Journaling is simply writing down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas to understand them more clearly and give you a clearer view on your path towards achieving them.
Adding journaling to your daily routine can yield the following benefits:
Journaling helps you learn faster and retain useful information.
Over the course of a single day, we consume an ever-increasing volume of information, most of which we’ll forget or end up using in insignificant ways. The key to filtering this flood of information and retaining the meaningful parts is to write down these ideas and start actively engaging with them. Experts say regular journaling can help train our attention and strengthen neural pathways, which in turn sharpens focus and improves decision making.
Simply put, writing down your goals and ideas provides a solid framework for achieving them. Over time with consistent writing, you’ll come to realise that your journal is not just some book full of resolutions and concepts, but a guide, which you can use to efficiently manage your plans to actualization.
Journaling creates a springboard for mental recovery daily.
We often struggle to live in the present as work and other priorities tend to take over our time and attention. But did you know that utilizing a journal can help limit this mismanagement? Treat your journal sessions like a crucial time to reflect on the happenings of the day, taking note of what you achieved and what needs to be moved to tomorrow.
This will direct your subconscious to mentally turn off work mode, so you can rest and recover between workdays to come back even stronger. Use this time to recover and live in the present, acknowledging the other aspects of your life outside of work. You’ll be amazed at the results it will have on your productivity levels.
Journaling clarifies thinking and cultivates a reflective mind.
Writing in your journal consistently helps you identify what is incongruent in your life. You are the designer of your world and those pages in your journal can provide more clarity on your next steps towards achieving your life goals and facilitate a deeper self-discovery.
A journal also serves as an invaluable tool for examining past experiences, appreciating their lessons and drawing insights for dealing with future challenges. This creates a more reflective mindset that helps you better structure your ideas, reconcile disparate viewpoints, and boost motivation.
For many, journaling reduces stress.
A journal is basically a vault of ideas, tasks, commitments, and worries, which means it can essentially be our brain outside of our brain. Imagine how productive you would be when you did not have to keep all these concerns in your head all the time. Writing these down doesn't mean you’ll forget them, yet somehow it does help take your mind off of it, even it is just long enough to focus on the task at hand.
Reduced distractions often lead to lower stress levels and higher confidence that grows steadily into a loop where ideas quickly become realities and efficiency is maximized.
How To Get Started
The good news is there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to start and maintain a journal — it all boils down to what you want to get out of it. For some, however, that freedom can also be a bit overwhelming and keep them from ever getting started, so here are some structures you can experiment with to find what works for you:
Use good old-fashioned pen and paper
Take your time and resist the urge rush through it to get to the next thing
Start with gratitude for everything happening in your life
Don't try to make it sound good or eloquent; just write!
Make it a habit by incorporating it into your morning or evening routines
Write with confidence and power; use your journal to strengthen your resolves
Be willing to experiment until you find out which approaches work best for you. There are lots of great videos on YouTube sharing techniques and methods to try
In today's world, productivity is no longer about how many projects can be completed in an hour, but about the speed at which you can assimilate new information and your capacity to think critically and creatively. Journaling is a proven way to accomplish this; give it a go!