5 Reasons for Building a Useful Journal

Building a useful journal is time-consuming and at times intensive. What perks do you gain from investing such an effort?

Information Retention. Writing information is a sure way to keep it in your brain longer. Once your brain has a stake in the conversations taking place in your journal it will also return to stay involved in the developing discussion. One of the foremost memory joggers is the written note. If you want to remember a list, a phone number, an address you write it down.

A recounting of your activities, your ideas or your ah-ha moments in your journal assures you will remember better – but not necessarily forever. Not to worry, you need only skim back through your journals to see what your memory may have blurred over time. Don’t tax your brain, trust your journal.

Personal Growth. Life isn’t static; your journal allows you to create a growth approach that makes it easier for your brain and emotions to join in balanced conversation.Your individuality will be acknowledged and enhanced when you transcribe the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your daily journey.

Skill Building Strategies. The more information your journal has, the better. Your brain wants to be your ally. When you reinforce your desire to build a particular skill by regularly writing about your triumphs and determining a plan of action concerning your shortfalls you give your brain a heads up. When you determine to become better at a particular skill your journal becomes your coach, your cheerleader and your most valuable player.

Emotion Regulator. Getting it all out. Whether writing about the exciting event you want to remember on and on or the devastating conversation you wish hadn’t taken place, there is a regulating mechanism in the pages of your journal. Pen in hand, paper in place you use the slowed rhythm of putting ink to paper to allow for pure concentration.

Want to remember? Capture the emotional punch with your words, your thoughts and your faithful recounting.

Want to forget? Vent for all you are worth. Then, examine what you’ve written. Think about motives and reactions. Take what is useful to the next page. Leave the ranting and raving frozen and forgotten on the venting page – it has already served its purpose.

Loyal Friend. Honest recording of the various aspects of your life – ideas, breakthroughs, failures, celebrations, sorrows, small pleasures, pet peeves, dreams, brings into focus the loyalty you can count on from your journal. Whether a shoulder to cry on, a respectful listener, a thoughtful teacher or a gentle counselor your journal becomes a trusted friend. A holder of your whispered secrets, your shouts of triumph, your ecstatic merriment, your grateful heart, or your thoughtful introspection, your journal awaits your pleasure, accepts you as you, and ever so gently holds your hand as you move through the different phases of your personal growth.

When you give your journal a chance you find it becomes one of the biggest advocates for your success. And, no one’s journal ever asked that nagging question, “Where have you been?” even after months of neglect.

As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.

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