Journal writing is a powerful tool to help you gain self-awareness and develop skills. In addition, there is something magical that happens over the physical act of writing.
My problem is that I am a scribbler with poor penmanship. I end up with reams of half-illegible notes that rarely see the light of day.
It’s about doodling and scribbling the barrage of random thoughts onto a piece of paper so that I can clear my mind.
‘Oh, here’s an idea I’ll get back to later’ Let me jot that down before I forget….. I have this messy random bunch of words that I can look back at to trigger a prior thought trigger.
In that context, I am not journaling a story; I am capturing words and short notes on a piece of paper to be transposed later into a blog post. — but that s my strategy. What is yours?
Scribbling clears my head to capture an idea and focus on the ‘other’ task at hand. The job I started ½ an hour ago that I have got to get finished.
I have never been able to journal my thoughts and feelings legibly onto a piece of paper.
I use journaling to capture my workflow of ideas within the context of collaborating online with others.
Journal writing can be a vehicle for deepening mindfulness. It helps to clarify and refine your thoughts and emotions. It brings you into the present moment.
Most of my great insights come from daydreaming, meditating, discussions, typing and handwriting. Sometimes I use journaling to get revelations, and sometimes I don’t — You may have a different approach so go for what works for you.
Pick the approach that works best for you.
You must choose a method that enables you to express yourself consistently. Start with 10 minutes a day.
I’ve gotten to the point whereby much of my WordPress site is my journal. Once I get going I can journal for hours in one sitting.
- Journaling can help you to clarify and identify goals, hopes, dreams and fears.
- Consider a pre-journaling routing. For me, I must have my morning tea or coffee, a bowl of oatmeal and sit on a couch for ½ hour daydreaming and talking to myself.
- The aim is to create conditions that foster a greater focus and clarity in capturing your thoughts.
- Free association journal where anything that comes to your mind goes. Perhaps a dream.
- Gratitude journaling — capturing what you’re great full for
The key is to embrace and enjoy the process. Make sure you turn your internal judgmental monitor off. Don’t edit your work on the first flush. I call those ‘brain dumps’