The Benefits of Journaling
Journaling is the act of writing about what we're thinking - the good, the bad and the mundane
Just the process of writing alone is a good thing, by converting complex thoughts into language and expressing them on paper.
In recent years (decades, even), Journal writing has become digital, on our computers and smartphones. This requires a reasonably good level of typing to align our thought process to our ability to record those thoughts, without leading to a level of frustration. If the frustration becomes too high, digital Journaling ultimately stops.
Do you prefer writing, or typing? Each has it’s pros and cons, but the act of writing with a pen and paper gives us the time to get away from the computer (and emails, notifications, etc) , find a quiet spot to think, and write away. Add a quick doodle, no problem, scribble away.
Some of the benefits of Journaling
- the act of writing adds precision to a message we want to convey.
- clarify your thoughts
- helps you communicate your thoughts better
- recover memories
- recording ideas
- write your aspirations and desires, leading to better goals
- reducing or relieving stress
- allowing you time to self-reflect
- encourages your natural creativity
Write – it’s good for you
The research article “The Health Benefits of Writing about Life Goals” below discusses how writing about our aspirations and goals has the potential to make us happier and healthier. To dive into this further, have a read of the article below on the psychological benefits of writing.
Journal, Diary, Notebook . . . ?
Hmmm! Which is what? Well, it’s ultimately up to you and how you view keeping a diary, vrs keeping a journal, vrs using a notebook, to write your ideas and thoughts.
A web search will show many articles stating that there are indeed differences. However, these difference appear to be vary by country, culture, vernacular, and personal background. But there are a few notable differences
- People generally ‘keep a diary’ – singular, just the one diary for personal writing of thoughts.
- It’s common for people to have multiple journals – one for work, one for personal thoughts, one for gym routines, one for ideas, etc.
- Sometimes a diary is personal organiser to record appointments, as in “I’ll put that in my diary”. In this context other terms used are planner, datebook, agenda, or calendar.
- A Notebook is widely considered as a place to writing about ideas, make sketches and keep lists. Not so much for writing personal thoughts and musings.