The Importance Of Keeping A Journal
Many people keep a journals in which they write down experiences, thoughts, ideas or feelings. Often, people use their journals in idiosyncratic ways and most believe it to be very helpful – or else they would have stopped long ago. It can be formal or informal, daily or whenever, following guidelines or random, and private or public. Some journals are used to track external events, other track our interior journeys – some do both.
What you can learn from keeping a journal:
- Journal writing provides a regular occasion for examining or recording events.
- Writing down ideas can give shape and significance to your interactions with others or with yourself.
- As you write and reread, you learn about the deeper meaning of events.
- Writing is a different form of expression than thinking or speaking. Therefore, it gives you an opportunity to learn in a different modality.
- Writing things down gets ideas out of your head and can remove interior clutter.
- Writing things down, especially if you do it systematically, can increase your awareness and lead to taking action with greater intention.
- It is difficult to remember events or feelings accurately later on, so journals provide an on-the-spot record
You can learn to be a better writer.