Why should you keep a daily journal?
We all have goals in life. You may be want to exercise, write a book, start your own business, get out of debt, and change your unproductive habits. But achieving them is always challenging.
Ten years ago, after high school, I’ve crossed the hardest and the darkest time of my life. I felt that I had no option. The only choice I had was to quit my dreams (to finish my study in college).
I heard (you too probably) the advice that says, “never give up.” These words are easy to say, but believe me, it is extremely hard to do. To me, never give up means taking another step when you have nothing left. It’s persistence in times when winning seems to be impossible.
Life tested me many times. But I made a promise to myself that I won’t give up no matter what. And fortunately, I survived. So what helped me to survive the challenges? You might ask.
One of the most important things I’ve learned from my experience is that to conquer something, you need to change something. What I mean by this is that if you see no result from what you do, you need to examine the process. Take time to ponder everything that you’ve done so far. Do your strategies work or not? If there is something that needed to be changed, what is it?
Because if you just throw yourself into something that does not give you a good result, you’re clearly wasting time. So you need to develop a habit that helps you monitor your actions and progress.
In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains the importance of habit: “Small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.”
So what habit you want to develop?
The power of Daily Journal
One of the reasons why I survived and succeeded in my life is my diary. During those dark times of my life, I wrote everything. I meticulously recorded the day to day experiences – every bit of them.
One thing that I realized from making a daily journal is that it made me more aware of my actions. My diary helped me to monitor all my decisions and actions. So it was easy for me to identify what worked and what wasn’t.
But recording your daily experience can be laborious and boring to some people. It is true to some extent. However, making a daily journal helped me escape from stress.
Following your dreams without seeing any sign of success can very devastating. So you need something that can somehow stabilize your emotional state. And writing a diary is a very good trick.
Writing a daily journal does not only help you monitor your progress but also ease your negative feelings. Aside from these, there are several positive effects of writing a daily journal.
Consider the following:
Daily Journal optimizes potential
The most common habit that unsuccessful people develop is an unproductive habit. It involves checking their phones, emails, Facebook, and other social media notifications early in the morning.
As a result, they aren’t aware of what is really happening in their lives. Too much reliance or addiction on social media destroys the individual from focusing on their current reality.
Every entry that I’ve written in my daily journal reminds me of what I did and what I needed to do. I can easily see my mistakes. And because I’m always reminded, I can make a better choice and decision.
Journaling is also a sign of self-discipline. Most successful people have their own daily journals. This is because they are extremely self-disciplined.
When you look at ordinary people (the vast majority), they don’t mind pondering their actions too much. As a result, they repeat the same behavior over and over again. And the funny thing? They hope for change and prosperity.
If you want to succeed in life, you should not do this. You can’t depend on luck. Because there’s no real luck. Luck is an excuse for the lazy ones.
Successful people don’t believe in luck. They only believe in hard work. You should too.
Daily Journal can be your friend
The reason why I survived the hard challenges of my life is that I have a friend. A friend that I could talk to and share all my secrets. Yes, my journal is my friend.
During those difficult time of my life, I kept on telling my feelings to my friend. Although I got no response, it lessened my burden. It serves as an outlet for my soul. Every word that I say loosens my baggage.
Daily Journal eases your emotions
- Organize your life
- Increase your focus
- Improve your stability
- Integrate thought processes
- Release negative thoughts and emotions
- Separate the past from your present
- Allow you to revisit the past
Writing a daily journal can help you easily release your emotions. People who have no outlet for their emotional waste are prone to stress. Thus, journaling is a form of therapy.
Daily Journal can boost learning
We can not rely on our memory. This is the reason why students should jot down notes during classes.
This is also true in journaling. By writing your experiences you’re making your own records. When the time comes that you need that information, you can easily retrieve them. This happens to me many times. When I forgot something, for instance, a date of a certain event, I always go back to my journal.
In addition, the whole writing process can help you boost your memory. Some studies claimed that writing or jotting down notes can help brain and memory development.
Daily Journal unleashes your creativity
Writing your diary can help you discover your writing potential. It hones your natural talent. If you want to pursue a writing career, journaling can help you in:
- Developing your writing talent
- Transforming your ideas into a concrete one
- Becoming a good or great writer
Daily Journal creates your story
The biggest thing that I discovered from years and years of writing my daily journal is that life is a big story. When I read my diary from the start to the end, it’s really a story. Each year is a long chapter and days are pages.
Through writing my daily journal I can assure that those people who will walk in this world after me will know my story. And hopefully, it can give them excellent lessons.
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.