Why should you keep a journal
Most successful people advocate keeping a journal. Right now I am reading a brilliant book by Julia Cameron called ‘The Artists Way’.
One of the quotes from the book, that stood out for me is :
“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”
A record of now: Keeping a journal is a record of your now. Your present reality. Your goals. Your dreams. Your aspirations.
Slotting time: Without a journal, one day merges into another, merges into a third. Time is a blur. With a journal, there is a goal, a map, a ‘place to go’.
It is like a blurprint to shape your life.
It is fun: If you feel writing a journal is monotonous, you can make a bullet journal. Or a scrapbook of ‘wishes’. Make it fun. Make it any way you want. There are no hard and fast rules. But do maintain one.
Record of growth: You will see how much you have grown from the time you start it, to a few years from then on.
Clearer though process: When you start writing in a journal, your thought process becomes clearer. You tend to start becoming more assertive. Your dreams materialise.
I have kept a journal ever since I was 10. I don’t write every day, but I do write regularly. From 2005 onwards, I stopped keeping chronological diaries. Instead, I write when I feel like writing, and I put the date.
Read up about it.
Then do it.
You only have a lot to gain.
Have you ever kept a journal? Has it helped you? Do you intend to start one?
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