This Is Why I Journal (And You Should, Too)
You’ve probably read that successful people keep a daily journal. Maybe you’ve even tried the practice for yourself but stopped because you “ran out of things to write about”.
What do those successful people write about? Why do they keep a journal?
Keeping a journal has been a life-changing practice for me. My journal is like a trusted confidant, creative muse and wise guide all wrapped up into one!
Here are 8 reasons why I journal (and why you should, too):
Sanity. Often I journal simply to get the noise in my head out onto the page. I like to think of my morning journaling as sweeping out the inner cobwebs, opening the windows and letting the light in!
Clarity. When I’m facing a challenge or dealing with a particular issue, keeping it in my head tends to turn the issue into an untameable monster. By putting it on paper I can start to make sense of it.
Centering. There are times when it feels as if life is moving too fast. I have to slow down when I write, switch the devices off and turn down the noise of the outside world. Journaling is planned down time for me.
Creativity. The blank page offers the opportunity to play with ideas. I also find that the very act of writing sparks creative ideas.
Self-awareness. Each of us has thoughts and feelings we’d rather keep to ourselves. Journaling about them helps to bring them out of the shadows so that we can face them and deal with them in an appropriate way.
Motivation. Sometimes I just need to remind myself how awesome I am! My journal doesn’t judge me when I choose to blow my own horn.
Gratitude. It’s easy to focus on what’s not working, but it’s powerful to look at what is. Writing about what I’m grateful for improves my outlook and inspires me to keep going.
Spirituality. My journal is the place where I reflect on the important questions of my life: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I called to do?
Now it’s your turn. How can journaling work for you?