You might have kept a journal when you were younger. If you take it back out and reread it, I’m sure it would bring back a little bit of nostalgia. But a journal is much more than just a record of what your thoughts were at one point in time: It can actually teach you a lot about yourself and your habits and help guide you towards a more productive lifestyle. A journal is something that is worth keeping, here’s why:
Keep all your thoughts in one place
You might think keeping a journal sounds silly but it’s actually a very powerful tool if you use it correctly. Regularly keeping a journal creates a personal space where you can keep all your thoughts in one place and reflect back. A journal can also serve as a to-do list or ‘goalkeeper’ of sorts. Writing down your goals is a great way to consistently hold yourself accountable.
Look back on it
By writing in a journal on a daily basis you will be able look back and reflect on your thought process on a timeline. A journal is great for sentimental value but it can also be a powerful tool in helping you learn and grow. With a journal, you have the opportunity to think back and analyze the things you’ve done and hopefully learn something from them.
Jot down spur-of-the-moment ideas
Have you ever had a great idea pop into your head at a random moment? When inspiration strikes, write it in your journal. A journal is a great place to store all of your spur-of-the-moment ideas so that you won’t forget about them. After a while, you can take a look back and decide which of your ideas hold up over time and are worth pursuing.
Practice your writing
Keeping a journal is also a great way to practice your writing. It doesn’t matter if you think you are a good writer or not. Regardless, jotting your thoughts down can help spur your creativity. Once you start writing, you’ll find that your mind starts to work faster and you begin to think outside of the box. Writing is also a great stress reliever, and a journal can help you work out any issues you may be handling. Don’t underestimate the power of a journal.