Tyler Stahle | Apr 10, 2017

5 Great Reasons to Keep a Journal

This is part two of a three-part series exploring successful journal keeping. Read parts one and three.

In last week’s article, we explored various tips and tricks that lead to successful journaling habits, such as defining success, testing out new ideas, and remembering that recording something is always better than recording nothing.

While it’s easy to recognize the importance of these habits, many of us still struggle to find the motivation to master the art of journaling. The following ideas might help motivate journal keepers.

Use Journaling for Personal Reflection

Plenty of scientific research shows that keeping a journal can be beneficial to your health. In fact, recent research found that people who frequently wrote down their emotions and thoughts experienced greater reductions in anxiety, stress, and depression-like symptoms.

In his RootsTech presentation, Steve Reed, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of JRNL, said, “It’s nice to know that we have something like journaling that can actually give us the ability to unload a little bit. It can be someone for us to talk to, where we can be honest.”

Use Journaling to Leave a Record for Posterity

This is pretty important for family historians. We’re touched when we read the thoughts and feelings of our ancestors who, though we may never have met, are a part of who we are.

“In a sense, when I think back to all the journal entries I’ve created through time, I have a great deal of confidence, I sleep very well at night knowing that my kids have access to the most important things that I’ve learned and I’ve tried very hard to set down for them. And so it brings a great peace of mind,” said Reed.

Use Journaling to Enhance Creativity

Even if you don’t see yourself as a great writer, make a goal to write in a journal. You’ll find that consistently writing improves your ability to write, and your ability to process and communicate complex ideas will also increase.

Writing about your experiences helps you internalize and analyze them. You’ll begin to see your own situations and opportunities in ways you may not have initially recognized. Thus, writing about events that happen to you can help you discover new solutions to problems you may be facing.

Leaving Something Behind

We know that no one will live forever, but there’s something comforting in the thought that our words can. The feelings and thoughts that we record have the potential to outlive us and influence people and generations to come. With that in mind, take time to write down your specific values, beliefs, and wisdom that you want others to know.

“We’re all a big human family. And people are going to come after us, and they can benefit from the things they learned,” said Reed. “They don’t have to make the same mistakes we did. We can share what we’ve learned with other people. This can be tremendously motivating when you think of the potential.”

Use Journaling to Track Personal Development

Life is fast paced. We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of full calendars and forget to appreciate the little things in life that have helped shape who we’ve become. Writing in a journal allows us to step back from our busy lives and see the improvement we’ve made in becoming better employees, spouses, and parents.

How do you find motivation to write in your journal? Join us next week for part three of this series exploring successful journal keeping.

Tyler Stahle

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