The Benefits of Journaling

Benefits of Journaling - Julia McDaidI wanted to share some thoughts with you about journaling, as its something that has cropped up in conversation a lot recently.

I am a big fan of journaling, (even when I don’t do it all the time!) and I think it can be really helpful.

There is more to it than just keeping a record of what is going on in your life. I think traditionally a journal was used as a way of recording, to remember what happened, sometimes with thoughts or other items added in.

What I am talking about here is how to use a journal to help you get clarity, whether that is to deal with things that aren’t going quite as you had hoped or to help in knowing what to do next.

So there are two main ways to use a journal.

The first is purely to empty out the thoughts from your head. If you have read The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, you will know she recommends writing Morning Pages. This is writing three pages of thoughts as soon as you get up in the morning. And you just write anything, whatever is in your head.

This has two benefits, firstly it takes all those niggling thoughts and doubts from your head and puts them on paper, so they stop whizzing round your brain. And secondly it will start to get you used to writing as part of the creative process. You will be surprised how ideas start to pop up once you have been doing it for a while, or even once you have written a couple of pages.

The second way to use journaling, which is truly tapping into the creative, is to use it for getting insights. To do this you write about what you want to create, or you start with a question and write to answer it. Questions may be things like “Why am I here?” , if you are looking to identify your purpose, or they may be more specific, perhaps something like “How do I want this teleseminar to impact my listeners?”.

Again the key is to just write, without thinking about it, write as much as you can, however mad or silly it seems . Don’t judge what comes , write it all down.

An somewhere in there you will start to get some clarity. The light bulb moments will start to happen, or you will get a sudden realisation about what you are doing or why.

I have started compiling a list of thought provoking questions to journal on, so I will let you know when its ready to release. And if you have any that are powerful, or worked for you, please do share them.

I’d love to hear how you get on with journaling if you try it, and if you use it already what you find most beneficial. I know I am choosing to do more of it.