Three Great Benefits of Journaling

1. Solve complex challenges. The solution to a difficult challenge suddenly becomes apparent when you write the issue on paper. The ability to re-examine the problem from a third-person perspective can make all the difference.

2. Increase clarity. One of the best times to lean on your journal is when you’re uncertain about what action to take. Many things become more evident when you can get them down in writing.

3. Validate your progress. Sometimes we feel like we’re spinning our wheels and not making genuine progress. When you’re feeling this way, go back and review your old journal entries. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ve made since then. And you’ll also probably realize that you’re taking huge strides right now!

How to Start a Journal

You might envision creating a journal in one of those blank books you can pick up in the bookstore. While this option certainly has a romantic feel, you might consider keeping an electronic journal.

Electronic journals can be free; you could start a blog on a free website or use your word processing program. The significant advantage of electronic journals is the ability to search for things. Imagine going back through 10 years of written records, trying to find a specific entry.

Additionally, if you type faster than you write, an electronic journal can be beneficial when you’re trying to get complex thoughts out quickly.

Also, there are several software programs available developed explicitly for journaling. If you can spare the $20-$30, they’re worth checking out and provide much more flexibility than the traditional pen-and-paper approach.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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