Journaling can be a fun hobby that can unleash your creativity. Or, it could also be your new founded career or talent. Whichever it is, journaling has certainly enriched my life. Way before the popularity of the internet, I owned three different online journals. One for travel, the other for school, and for leisure activities. I also carry by personal journal in my bag for quick inspirational thoughts.
In this article, I’ll take you to why journaling can be insightful as well as how you can develop a journaling habit.
After several years of writing, I realized that journaling can help you in these categories:
- Self-awareness of your life long goals
- It teaches you to live more mindfully
- An outlet to release your stressors
Before journaling, I always wanted to identify my interests and hobbies. This gives a strong sense of who I was as an individual. Often times, we become too busy with our daily routines that we don’t slow and ask important questions of the “why.” Journaling may bring self-awareness. By bring these questions into light, you’re getting closer to achieving an intentional and meaningful life.
The Main Reason Why Should Start A Journaling Habit
I believe the main reason is that it expands your perspective and you’ll gain sight of what’s really important to you. Consider it as a self-exploration research that illustrates your life in a narrative story. You’ll discover you might feel dissatisfied with some aspects of your life, but you’ll also come to a solution on how you can take the steps to become happier and fulfilled.
Declutter Your Thoughts
Often times, we put too many priorities that deters you from pinpointing which goal you want to focus on. Perhaps, you’re concerned about relationships, your finances, or your career. These are important priorities to focus on, but we spend too much of our time, money, and energy on matters that don’t resonate with us emotionally. Journaling helps organize your thoughts and makes you explore different options.
How to Start a Journaling Habit
First, start by asking the important questions of “Why” and “How.” Such as, “How are you feeling right now?” This leads a conversations with your self that can create a conversation on your journal. You can also write about how you want to achieve your long term goals this year or within the next five years.
I recommend journaling daily. It doesn’t have to be long, but it could be a short paragraph that helps you explore your thoughts and feelings. When writing, make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable. For me, journaling daily has really helped me become more conscious of my decisions.