I’m a serious advocate for journaling – is that technically a “real” word yet?
Let me count the ways…
→ Writing in a journal allows you to have a conversation with yourself. You can reflect or create in a safe space that’s all yours. Whether you share it with others or not is at your discretion.
→ Writing before you start your day can activate your creative sensibilities. If you’re feeling sluggish, writing about what you’re looking forward to that day or what you need to accomplish can be highly motivating.
→ Journals are also great spaces to make lists. What do you need to get done today? What projects do you want to start working on this month? What are your professional goals for the next six months? Lists are a spectacular way to stay organized, and if you tend to fall off track sometimes, it’s easier to stay on top of what you hope to accomplish in order to keep your days, weeks, and months productive.
→ In a journal you can jot down your thoughts in-the-moment. We all have those great ideas that we promise ourselves we’ll remember, only to forget a few hours later. The perfect way to keep track of those ideas is to immediately write them down in your handy-dandy notebook.
→ Writing before bed is a good way to wind down, relax, and reflect. Before going to sleep is the perfect time to think about your day and what tomorrow will bring. For me, I find it is my most productive time creatively, when my thoughts effortlessly make their way onto the pages of my beloved journal.
→ Jotting down what you’re thankful for that day is a spectacular way to stay grounded and remind yourself of the positive things in your life. I got the idea from Ava DuVernay in her SXSW Keynote Speech, and when I remember to, I like to think of five things from earlier that day that I am thankful for. They can be as simple as a well made cup of coffee, or as significant as a job promotion or a visit from a loved one.
Do you write in a journal? If so, what are your favorite things to write about and explore creatively?