Why Should You Start Journaling?
Journaling is writing down your thoughts on a piece of paper.
That was the simplest definition for journaling, but what is the real use behind it? How Can we make the best out of journaling? And, why are many people writing down their day-to-day activities?
In this simple article, I will walk you through journaling and why you should consider starting if you’re not already.
So, why should you start journaling?
Journaling can be a place where you “brain dump” all the emotions, anxieties, worry, hope, ideas, fear, frustrations, joy, happiness, love, hate, and more into a piece of paper.
Writing is one way of expressing oneself. It is also one of the many ways people communicate through sending letters and messages. Every day, we all face many activities, and hence we as humans have feelings developed every minute of our day. Having these feelings can sometimes be good — for when you feel happy or relaxed. Other times these feelings can be bad — for when we feel sad or fearful.
Some feelings can be minor as they won’t affect most of us instantly. However, repeating the same feeling repeatedly throughout one’s day can impact our mood and, therefore, our communication with others.
Using the journaling method is a great way to express that feeling on paper, so when we feel anything later that day, we already went through the result of the feeling when we expressed it on paper. This can make your reaction afterward more stable and won’t affect your mood that much.
Other than physiological reasoning, there are many reasons why you should start a journal. Here are a couple of those reasons:
- Keep your mindset organized.
- Reflect on your day can be positive to your mood.
- Releasing stress on paper is better than keeping it built up in your mind.
- Writing your life journal can be great to see your progress, life events, and life goals.
- Having a business journal is great to track milestones and keep your ideas in one place for when you need them.
- Having a journal can be a kind of meditation.
- Journaling is a great way to reflect and enhance your quality of life.
- Journaling is the best way to build and track habits.
You can journal at any time during the day. There is not a specific time. However, it is best to start your day with a quick journal about what you wish to accomplish that day, and you may also reflect on the day before.
Journaling at night before sleeping is another way to keep yourself accountable for the tasks you need to accomplish the next day. It is also great to make journaling a daily habit so you can better understand your daily routine.
Nowadays, you can journal on your phone using journaling apps. You can journal in the car using audio journaling. You can also journal while you are working and writing down your day-to-day work to improve your work.
Setting a specific place to the journal is recommended as a reminder to journal and not miss your journal that day. For example, having your journaling book next to your bedside, so you know that you have to journal before sleeping.
There are many ways to journal. I’m not going through all the different ways as it is available on the web. However, I’m going to mention that you don’t need to take a course or watch a one-hour YouTube video to learn to start a journal. All you need to start is having a journaling book. Usually, you can find these in any bookshop. Or you can use an online app — one example is DayOne, a great online journal.
Start writing whatever you want. You can start writing your daily tasks on one page. You can add the date and time if you want — I do that. You can have an illustration by drawing whatever you are explaining. You can also add images, audio, or videos if you are using the online journal.
Using a notebook can do the trick as well. Hell, using an A4 paper every day is more than enough. You don’t need a state-of-the-art kind of approach to start a journal. You need to start, and you will progress along the way. Make sure to be very transparent and write down everything you are thinking about. Whether it is your job, life, relationship, dreams, habits, passion, likes, dislikes, moods, etc. There is no limit to the things that your mind is busy holding every day.
Make sure that your journal is private. Your thoughts belong to you alone. You can share the things that you are comfortable with, but keep the private matters for yourself. You can go bad to the journal at any time to reflect, learn, and improve over time.
Reading your journal from time to time can be a great way to reorganize your mind and look at how you used to see things. It can have a great impact on your relationships, and you can learn from the younger you — if you’ve been journaling for a long time. Plus, it is a stress release. Writing on a piece of paper is a meditation on its own.
You can keep a yearly journal. You can also have a separate journal for each part of your life, say a personal journal and a business journal.