At least once in our lifetimes, we have come across a person who babbles non-stop about the pros of journaling and how effective it is. And every time we encounter such a person, our first instinct is to hide and run away because why should we undertake an additional task on top of all the things we have to deal with every day?
Well, it seems like we were terribly wrong in our assumptions and this article will prove how.
Keeping a written record of your daily experiences or journaling, in simpler terms, is a personal habit that has deep and long-lasting effects. Journaling is a person’s way to vent his feelings and grow through them over time.
An important aspect, related to journaling or bullet journaling, that often goes unnoticed is its usability in enhancing productivity. Most of us think that a journal is a personal record that you open once in a while to remember the past, but it is not so.
Journaling has other, more profound effects that we cannot fathom unless we use it the right way. Let us look at some of the ways journaling can benefit us.
Benefits Of Journaling
Some of the benefits of bullet journaling include the following:
1. Reflective Thinking
Think about all the things you have done today? Did you reflect on any of your actions? Did you learn anything? How productive were you today? Most of us will be oblivious to the answers to these questions since we do not put that much thought into our actions.
But what if we did? Journaling is one way of getting to the bottom of your daily experiences and reflectively thinking about your day. By writing about your day, you get to experience it one more time and get to look at it from another perspective.
Your penning is evidence of your life in the day. It can guide you on better approaches, give insights into more appropriate ways to communicate with people, help you navigate through work, and much.
It will also help you remember the things which you would have forgotten otherwise. Moreover, you can always learn more about yourself and how to better yourself for the upcoming day.
Reflective thinking is also a great way to enhance your creative skills. It can prompt you to look for more imaginative ways to do things.
All in all, journal writing is an ideal way to freshen up your mind and learn more.
2. Take The Reins In Your Hands
The health benefits of writing journals are telltale. Hundreds of researchers have proven that writing journals improve your mental and physical health. On top of the health benefits, journaling brings clarity to your thoughts.
Your daily journal entries are a source of cleansing your thoughts and calming your mind. By penning your thoughts on the paper, you essentially let go of the stray thoughts plaguing your mind and can stay focused.
Recounting the details of your day is also a way of getting rid of tormenting thoughts, thoughts that you cannot get rid of otherwise.
Another important point to note is that while you are writing your journal, you can identify the necessary and unnecessary information, separate one from the other and compartmentalize it for better understanding.
Additionally, your journal entries are a great way of improving your behavior, thought process, and abilities. You find new meanings in your everyday life and get a better insight into making it better.
So, by journaling regularly you can take the reins in your hand, train your mind for the better and enhance your abilities for the future.
3. You Like It? You Want It? You Got It!
Well, guess Arian Grande was on point with this one. Setting goals is the first step to achieving them. You will not stumble upon success; you have to make a pathway to the destination. And what better way to do that than writing it in one of your journal entries.
Once you have written down your aim, you can devise an action plan to achieve your goal. It brings clarity to your mind and makes it easy to find your way through it.
While writing about your goals, you can identify what, why, how, when, etc. of your pathway and identify the hurdles in your path. Once you are clear on the details, you can prepare yourself for the possible setbacks, bottlenecks, etc.
Journaling has also proven to increase your motivation to achieve those goals. A study by Dominican University’s psychology professor has proven that those who write down their goals are 35% more likely to achieve them.
In conclusion, journal writing takes you one step closer to the achievement of your goals.
4. Know Thyself, Know Others
We made this one up but why not? What better way to understand others than by understanding yourself? Humans share similar feelings, attitudes, etc. Our shared experiences can guide our behavior and help in better understanding and communication.
Your thoughts composed on a piece of paper help you understand yourself, your feeling, emotions, etc. which in turn help you understand others’. By being aware of your emotions, you can understand others more and improve your communication.
Whenever you are feeling a sudden burst of emotions after having a heated argument with a colleague or an acquaintance, write about the incident in your journal. Now read it, how rational do you sound? Did your feelings overtake your reasoning? Look at it from the other person’s perspective and you will be able to identify the rights and wrongs in the situation.
Your communication with your journal improves your communication with the outside world.
Journaling And Productivity
Moving on to the crux of the article. How is journal writing effectively in improving productivity? Most of us believe that journal writing is just a personal outlet for venting our thoughts and has little to no benefits. Contrarily, we have mentioned some of the most obvious benefits in the above paragraphs.
In the forthcoming section of the article, we will focus on how to journal and use it to improve your productivity.
Improving Productivity With Bullet Journaling:
To make the most of journaling, you must understand how to use it efficiently. One of the methods of using journaling optimally is bullet journaling.
What Is Bullet Journal?
What is a bullet journal? Bullet journaling is a more organized and structured method of journaling devised by Ryder Carroll. This system of journaling focuses on organization: to-do list, reminders, tasks, brainstorming, etc.
Bullet journaling streamlines your goals for more efficient and productive working. It helps you keep track of your progress and stay focused. This method of journaling is more useful when it comes to increasing your productivity.
How To Journal The Right Way?
We have already mentioned how journaling is a personal effort, but even then, there are some tricks and tips that might help you optimize its benefits.
Let us look at some of the ways bullet journaling can help you increase your efficiency:
1. WRITE It Down
The digital age has negatively impacted our writing habits. You should write down your journal entries on a piece of paper rather them noting them down in your memo or notepad. The physical ‘labor’ will enhance your focus, be helpful in retention, encourage creative thinking, and will help keep it in focus so that you do not lose your thoughts in the sea of posts, documents or statuses.
Keep a written record of your goals and the ways you want to achieve them. A little bit of effort in this respect will take you a long way. You can start with your daily goals i.e., goal no.1, goal no.2, etc.
You can also write long-term goals if you want and break them down into smaller chunks to make sure they are attainable. Each step ahead, no matter how small it is, will take you closer to your destination.
2. Make Journaling A Habit
Journaling is not a one-time, two-time thing. You have to make a habit of journaling daily or else you will not be able to keep up with your goals.
Each new entry in your journal helps you reflect on the previous one. It gives you insight into how far you have come and what do you need to do in the future to achieve your goals.
To make it a habit, keep your journal in a visible place and remind yourself that you have to fill an entry for today’s work. You will eventually be able to form a habit and will not be able to shake it off.
3. Keep It Slow And Steady
To write a journal, you should find a calm and quiet place so that you can focus. Journaling cannot be quick and haphazard. You have to get rid of the mindset that journaling is a waste of time. You are essentially investing this time in your improvement, so it is a shot worth taking.
4. Include The Good And The Bad
Your journal should not be a list of all the pretty things, it should be a record of everything you have encountered in the day or everything you need to do for the next one.
No matter how small, unnecessary, or ugly an entry is, it should be added. Your journal is not a motivational or inspirational book, it’s a self-help, personal keepsake. The only person benefitting from it is you so make sure you leave nothing out.
5. Keep Track Of Your Goals
Writing a journal regularly can help you keep track of your goals. Analyze your performance by comparing it with the previous journal entry. You will be able to identify the difference and track your progress over a period of time.
The constant evaluation will help you eliminate the bad habits and adopt better ways of working.
The above-listed tricks are some of the ways you can improve your performance and productivity via journal writing. Each of these proves to be of help and enhances your efficiency. You can adopt these ways to improve your self-productivity or your productivity at your workplace. Achieving your personal goals and professional goals will be easier if you start to journal regularly.
These are some of the tips on how to journal. Incorporate these now and enjoy the benefits in the long run.
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