Journaling for Journaling’s Sake


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I write a lot about benefits of journaling, and how it can help you in various areas of your life. But let’s not forget that journaling is also good for its own sake. 

When you start writing, scribbling without an agenda, things happen. Sometimes, you may feel the catharsis of getting your feelings out. Sometimes, you might get a major a-ha moment, a revelation that solves the problem you’ve been brooding about. At other times, it may give you more self-awareness, or let you explore depths of your heart. Journaling can help your career, your relationships, and just about any other area of your life. You can do this consciously (which is what we mostly do in Kaizen Journaling), but some of this can also happen organically as you journal without a specific goal in mind.

There are also other unexpected benefits of journaling without a purpose. First, it’s the joy of doing it for its own sake. Just write. Enjoy the process. Let your mind wander where it will. Let your hand guide you. Don’t even think about an agenda. Just explore. 

Second, it’s about establishing the habit. When you journal simply because you want to journal, rather than because you are hoping to get something specific out of it, you can create a habit for the sake of experience. 

And finally, journaling for the sake of it, just for the joy of it, may bring peace, as it’s a form of meditation. 


Pick up your pen, and just journal. Enjoy the process. Approach it without agenda. 


2 thoughts on “Journaling for Journaling’s Sake

  1. I would argue this is the most important kind of journaling. When people think they have to have a purpose to journal, it becomes simply another tool in the toolbox to deal with fill-in-the-blank. However, the journal, being a regular “go to” to chronicle everyday feelings about everyday life, it becomes a constant journey of serendipitous discoveries. You’ll find joy when you think there has been none, patterns you didn’t realize, sadness when maybe you regularly put that in the “denial” box, memories you have forgotten, on and on. I’m glad you brought this up Dolly. Journaling *life* is full of self-discovery without needing a prompt or “purpose.” Great job!

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