But what's also missing is the learning and growing process that writing promotes and actually creates. If you journal, you know this to be the case.
Journaling helps you think through a problem, analyze a thought or idea in depth. Often, new ideas emerge.
You see things in a new way.
If you haven't done much journaling, I highly recommend it. Don't think of it as a diary or merely a chronicle of events. Make it about what you think of the events or how they affected you. I have gained new insight simply by spending time writing and reflecting on a quote, article or idea.
Three keys for effective journaling:
- Purposeful - attempt to understand or synthesize what you are learning. You might read an interesting article and choose to write your own take on the same topic.
- Regular - your skills and ability to analyze issues and ideas grows with practice. You get better over time, so try for once a week or even daily if you can make it a priority.
- Uninterrupted - You need time to be quiet and alone with your thoughts so that you can focus on the subject. I like to use a notebook and pen, but you may prefer to type out your thoughts on a laptop.
This process, by the way, is the same way you can go about developing a blog post, article or even a book. Go ahead, develop your inner journalist!
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