Keeping a journal!
When the thought of keeping a journal comes to you as a Nigerian, you might want to think about “Dear Diari” by Jennifer.
As funny and entertaining Jennifer’s diary is, it portrays a very important part of our daily existence and how we all do documentaries.
Now, before I go further, It’s very acceptable to point out that journals aren’t just for documenting high school crush or weird and awkward moments. They aren’t also just for dropping thoughts no one wants to hear.
Writing in itself is a true form of art that has it’s use in human life. There shouldn’t be a time where you see that writing has no meaning or purpose that it serves, even if it’s just for fun.
Writing is therapy for some, get away or entertainment to some and various other things to humans as they matter.
From my own end, writing has been everything or preferably, a lot of things for me; both good and bad.
On days where I’m practicing anger management, it has been my safe place to run to and it kept my sanity.
On some other days that I’d just scribble without having a set out purpose, it has made me even think harder and evaluate my life and the decisions I make.
I guess all I’m trying to say is that writing is beyond a pen and paper relationship; however, a pen and paper relationship has a link and registers with your brain.
A good example is how we read books and blogs waiting to get answers to questions we can’t answer ourselves or hoping to unlock some inner genius in us.
I’ve unlocked some parts of my puzzle but here are some answers I’m still working on as a good journal keeper but a bad planner. Even though I’ve always thought myself to be a really bad planner that I am, much worse; I thought myself to be a failure when I plan.
Not until the moment of writing this did I realise we all can plan and should plan to get great results.
Journaling and mindfulness:
Journaling as it is, is therapeutic for some people bringing you to a state of mindfulness. It houses all of your thoughts and experiences regardless of the biased tags often attached to those experiences.
It’s like a book without filter all cut out on a vision board to make evaluation easier.
Now, there are chances that you update your journal but are still mindless about being mindful on what you write.
And as part of my mistakes when it comes to journaling, the buzz only comes around at the time of writing. I find it real hard going through my journal for self evaluation or even self awareness and this has zapped out the stressing my brain has to go through when it comes to thinking about what deserves to be journaled. I basically don’t stress or try hard and my brain has become sorta lazy.
How am I fixing this?
I recently got a weekly planner that was long overdue as it was meant for 2017 and I’ve been more than excited to have my activities planned.
Having a book to contain all my plans and goals is the easiest way for me to go about this and I’m putting you up to a challenge to try keeping a planner and a journal.
So yes, journaling helps you to be mindful and that in turn helps your productivity as there’s a clear vision attached to actions you take.
Journaling and emotional intelligence:
One of the things I’ve always been proud of myself about is being able to relate with people emotionally and effortlessly at that. It’s a rare thing finding people that connect with you despite having their baggages to carry.
And most importantly, some of these people are not familiar with their inner self which affects their connection with you.
Journaling as an outlet to pour out your heart and experiences helps you familiarise and understand yourself much better…
Keeping a record of when, how and why you take an action and what led to it is a process but it’s worth it.
Achieving goals and journaling :
Coming through with pre set goals is much easier when you keep a journal. The fact that you can monitor your goals right from when you set them and revisit your journal from time to time to see your rights and wrongs is a big plus. It helps you track the progress of your goals which is great if there’s a time frame set to achieving your goals.
I’ve always kept a journal but still had my thoughts scattered all over the place; I misuse my journal and I’m usually too disappointed to go through my journal at the end of the month because it’s all scattered.
To fix this? Have a structure.
It might be much wiser to keep a specific journal for a set period of time or cause.
As example; A blogger could have a blog planner asides a journal that takes in all the pies and garbage. The benefit of this? The blog planner has specific input of activities to be done while a journal is where those plans are broken down and expressed.
Self discipline and journaling:
For one who keeps a journal with standby rules on when to write and follows them, as you get accustomed to coming through with documenting, it becomes a habit and sustains your interest in following through with activities.
Another way journaling helps is by sharpening your creative side. It helps you get attention to parts of yourself you couldn’t see evidently.
One great tip to enjoy journaling:
Read out what you write out loud as a way to get a feel of how it sounds to your hearing. This is highly necessary because sometimes, it all seems perfect in our head till it’s read out loud and it sounds like garbage or doesn’t communicate your intent.
This is super helpful for an article to be published.
Conclusively, keeping a journal is a practical way of setting up your life to go past dreams and aspirations. It’s an act which boosts your self confidence, heals and also improves your communication skills.
I really do hope you find these few tips useful and my mistakes serve as a guideline. Do share with others who might need to see this..
Are you great at planning and have one or two tips to share? Comment section is all yours. Let’s learn together.
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