Writing a Journal: Whys, Ifs and Buts!

“Your journal won’t judge you ever. It listens to you round the clock without interrupting or getting bored.”

It is usual to have multiple tabs running simultaneously in our mind. Majority of us have things going on in our heads, seldom do we put down on paper!

These thoughts and ideas bouncing around keep accumulating and often become too overwhelming to bear. This can be anything, right from a daily to-do list, to our long term hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Thoughts come and go, phases pass. But, how do you recall them if ever the need be? Is this what their existence is all about? A phase that passes?

Keeping a journal is one of the most underestimated hobbies these days. People often don’t understand how important it is to keep your ideas and thoughts organized.

Writing stuff down and referring to it as and when required is a great mental exercise. What other perks does writing a journal bring along? Here are a few:

1. A Dialogue With Self

Journal writing is something very personal. Keeping a journal helps you get a break from your hectic (and even monotonous, maybe) life and connect with yourself.

No wonder, writing a journal is one of the best ways of addressing your emotions, feelings, goals, and values. Having journal writing as a hobby helps you express yourself and dwell over your day-to-day experiences in life.

You get a lot of mental clarity in return and feel stronger than ever! Your inner thoughts and feelings no longer mess with your peace of mind and you feel more in control of your life.

2. A Personal Therapist and Best Friend

Your journal holds the potential of being your personal therapist and best friend. Your journal won’t judge you ever. It listens to you round the clock without interrupting or getting bored. How cool is that! Well, obviously it can’t respond though. 

But, hey! Who else would listen to your for so long without getting judgmental or interrupting you time and again?

Whatever you don’t dare to verbalize to anyone else, write it down in your journal. Not only would this take the edge off more toxic feelings and emotions but also help you visualize stuff with improved clarity and long term vision.

3. Clean the Clutter

Have you often seen yourself surrounded with a lot of emotional clutter or mental baggage? Does it seem too much to take every now and then? Or, do you feel like multiple tabs are functional in your mind at any given time? Well, here is where journal writing rescues you.

Keeping a journal helps you clean the mental clutter and concentrate better. How does it do that? Simple! Whenever you feel stuck, or can’t see a way out, turn to your journal and analyze stuff in writing. It is a fact that calculations or planning done in mind seldom execute well. Thus, transfer the workload or emotional load from your mind to the paper, and see how smoothly it gets executed. Writing things down vacates the mind and lets precious resources to be allocated to problem-solving instead of problem-storing!

4. Keeping Track of Emotions and Stuff

Keeping a journal is a habit that helps you in the long run. Looking back over your journals and analyzing them with a conscious mind helps you keep track of your patterns of behavior and conduct.

You become miraculously responsive to challenges and no longer fall prey to deadlocks. You can rise a level above and understand patterns that get in the way of your personal and professional growth, or healthy relationships with yourself and others. Thus, gradually you start transforming into a doer from someone who just complains about stuff.

These were the top ‘whys’ of how keeping a journal helps you become better at not only organizing your ideas but also at life itself! Try it for a month or two and see yourself getting addicted to it. Cheers!