The Benefits of Journaling and How to Make it a Routine

And no, I’m not only referring to the “dear diary” type of journaling. Unless that’s your jam, then by all means, go right ahead. The practice of journaling can include anything from a food journal, a fitness journal, a gratitude journal, a ‘mind dump’ journal, a memory journal, or even a simple to-do list. Whatever it may be, get it on paper.

Daily journaling has aided the success of many famous artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and more. If consistent, a journaling routine may help you reach your fullest potential in the following ways.

Managing anxiety & reducing stress
If you tend to run anxious or stressed, journaling is a must. Transferring thoughts to paper allows for clarity and decluttering of the mind. There are plenty of great anxiety-targeting journals on the market, such as “The Anti-Anxiety Notebook” by Therapy Notebooks.

Tracking behaviors and moods
Journaling is a great way to track your worries, fears, problems, and concerns. Looking back on past entries during challenging times can increase confidence and serve as motivation. We tend to remember the past more positively than it truly was, so keeping an honest journal can ground us in the present.

Drawing inspiration
It’s amazing how the mind can wander during a stream of consciousness. Let journaling guide your brainstorms and allow your imagination to take the reins.

Improving communication
Communication skills sharpen with practice. Intentional writing is a steadfast way to broaden vocabulary and articulate thoughtful ideas.

Remembering pivotal life moments
The American entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, “A life worth living is a life worth recording.”

If you want to make journaling a part of your everyday ritual but struggle with consistency, remember to keep it simple and make it a part of your morning routine or nightly winddown. It’s easy to get overzealous, aiming to write 3 full pages each day, but keeping your goal simple and attainable will decrease burnout and procrastination. Aim to get pen to paper once a day, not paying attention to the length. Speaking of pens… buy some new ones! Just like buying new athletic wear motivates working out, buying a new journal and a set of pens will encourage writing.

While you may not be an average Mark Twain, give journaling a try and experience the many benefits. After all, a masterpiece isn’t the goal.

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