I have always been an avid reader and I absolutely love binge reading. But writing! It has never been my cup of tea. It was my dad who always insisted that I write a page in my diary before dozing off to sleep and I always tried to get out of doing that, but in vain. I started writing a journal at the age of ten and today, it’s been more than a decade of journal writing. When I take a stroll down memory lane, I realize how this habit has afforded me the opportunity to evolve as a person and made me the person I am today. Here are five reasons why you should start journal writing, without a second thought –
1. Provides clarity of thoughts
Our mind is always cluttered with a lot of thoughts and bizarre ideas. Penning down these thoughts in a journal helps us disentangle the thoughts and ideas and get rid of the clutter in our minds. And once the mind is clear and the thoughts are transferred to the paper, we can always grapple with the issues and sort them out.
Today, all of us are so engrossed in running the rat race of life that the future arrives faster than expected, robbing us of any time to reflect back on our past and mull over the present. However, when we start tracking our thoughts on a piece of paper, we subconsciously start reflecting on our thoughts, actions and habits which paves a way for a more organised mindset. Reflecting helps us with overcoming adversities in our past and boosts our confidence to deal with the future situations.
3. Helps us learn from mistakes
To err is human, but to persistently err is diabolical. Committing mistakes is a natural human tendency, but not learning from them is a bigger mistake that most of us commit. Writing saves the day here as well. As we write down our daily routine in our journal, and ponder upon what we pen down, we actually start identifying our shortcomings and weaknesses and try to look for ideas to improve upon them. It helps us to keep track of the errors that we have committed in the past and to make sure that we do not repeat them in the future.
4. Track overall development
A journal is not just an archive, it is in fact a record of our goals, dreams, successes and failures. It enables us to analyze in a better way and provides an insight into a deeper version of ourselves. When we read back what we have written in our journal, we begin a journey around our life and start observing the changes that have come across in the span of time. We are able to track our goals and the need to work on them accordingly. And a positive overall development surely boosts up our confidence and encourages us to perform even better!
5. A better understanding of life
While reading helps us to learn lessons from a character’s point of view and we become versed with the lessons of some great lives, writing, in turn, helps us to understand things from our own perspective. It takes us back to our roots, helps us to know ourselves better and discover the things that we are passionate about. We are more open to ideas that we missed before, we begin to live a more sorted life and start eliminating the negatives from our lives. Of utmost importance, we start growing in life!
So, what do you think? Just go and start writing a journal right from today! And trust me, this will be the best decision of your life if you follow it religiously!