Journaling is a personal thing, and as I’ve repeatedly said here, how you journal is entirely up to you. However, there are certain benefits to keeping a daily journal:
- Develop a habit of journaling
If you are trying to develop a regular journaling habit then there is no better way than to do it daily, even if it’s just for five to ten minutes a day.
- Record your day-to-day life
A quick, daily log in your journal captures your life. It may seem boring and obvious now, but years or decades later it’s the little things that you would feel nostalgic over.
- Represent the world as you see it
Your daily journal entries are an opportunity to record the world through your eyes. We may all leave in the same world, but we all see it differently. The way you look at people, at your city, at your country would be different than the way anyone else looks at it. Use your journal to capture that in writing.
- Be more aware
We go through life with blinkers on sometimes. Journaling can help you gain deeper awareness about the world around you, about the people in your life, as well as about your self.
- Gain perspective
It’s easy to lose perspective when you are in the middle of life. Things seem to get out of hand. You get so wrapped up in the now that you can barely remember the bigger picture. This is where journaling can keep you grounded, so that you keep (or regain) your perspective about what is important.
- Appreciate life
Daily gratitude is a powerful habit in itself. In your daily journal, write down positive things about your day, or simply record one thing that you are grateful about. It will get you accustomed to counting your blessings, so that down times will feel less like the end of the world.
- Achieve your goals
The best way to achieve your goals is to first have goals, and then ensure that they remain fresh in your mind as you take steps to achieve them. Use your daily journaling to keep track of your most important goals, and your progress on them.
- Gain clarity
Do you ever feel like your head gets into a muddle? Thoughts circle around and around, spiralling out of control? Jotting them down gives you an opportunity to then see things in black and white so that you can gain clarity.
- Gain awareness of patterns of behaviour
Most of us tend to repeat patterns of behaviour if we don’t pay attention. Particularly negative patterns. You may find that you are complaining about the same thing now that you were complaining about five years ago, without having done anything about it. Journaling helps you spot these patterns, so that you can take action to alter them.
- Ask important (to you) questions
Whether it’s search for your life purpose, the goals that drive you, meaning of life, existence of god, or figuring out whether you prefer cappuccino or latte, your journal can be a place to ask questions. Questions are often more important than answers, because it’s the curiosity that keeps you going, that drives you, that gives you the urge to find answers. So in your daily journaling, jot down whatever questions come to your mind.
These are just some of the many benefits that you can gain from journaling, and just some of the many things you can use your daily journal for.
Action You Can Take Today:
Try doing daily journaling for 30 days, even if it’s just 5 minutes per day and see how you feel at the end of the month.