In the past few months, I’ve managed to organize my thoughts, goals and ambitions in one little notebook. I began to write in my journal in early 2017 but I wasn’t very good at putting aside the time for it. I would lose focus and interest easily. When I had first started, I was focusing too much on making my journal perfect. I wanted it to be colourful, neat and pretty. I would spend more time doodling than I would expressing my feelings. After a while it got boring, and when I put my journal down I never managed to pick it up again until July of this year.
In July, I had the pleasure of taking part in a program called SHAD. This program requires you to be on your A game every single day. Journalling helped me stay focused on the tasks I had at hand. Here are my tips on how to stay productive and focused while journaling!
Tips to Journaling
Write your thoughts
When I write down my thoughts, it blows off some much needed steam. Sometimes I feel like I need to talk about something that is bothering me but I’m just not able to express it. Journaling lets me get it out and think about the next steps.
Writing your thoughts down can also help you stay on track. When I’m feeling scattered and all over the place, I write out what I need to do and it reduces the scattered mess in my head. I often find myself realizing what I’m missing or what I am doing wrong while writing it out.
Don’t be stuck in the perfection mindset
When you’re journalling, writing your raw thoughts and emotions helps you focus on being authentic. When you focus on yourself you’re able to break down the expectations that you have.
The best part of being completely honest while writing is that it makes your journal more meaningful. I love going back to read things that I wrote months ago. It shows me how much I have grown and changed since I had written that entry.
Less is more
This one ties into the second tip. When you focus on writing too much your entries may become too wordy. There is no word count objective when journalling. If you haven’t got much to say but you wanna write something anyway, go for it. It doesn’t have to make complete sense, it doesn’t have to be in a particular format and it definitely shouldn’t be too forced. Work with yourself and your thoughts. All you’ve gotta do is put a pen to paper and write.
State your goals
I love explaining my goals when I write in my journal. I think it’s super important to write down what you want to achieve. It’s a constant reminder that you want to get somewhere. If you start off by writing your goals, you can continue by saying how you plan on meeting them. This is such an important step because it makes the goals seem achievable and it motivates you to move forward.
Talk about what you’ve achieved
The best thing you could possibly do for yourself is acknowledge your accomplishments. It helps you stay motivated when you’re feeling tired, and overworked. Most times, all you need is a little reminder that hard work always brings good things.
I like looking back to entries that I wrote during tough times. When I read those entries I realize how much I’ve achieved. It’s incredibly satisfying when you know that if you stick to it and keep on working, it’ll feel great when you’re done.
I hope these tips inspire you to start journaling and note writing. A lot of us forget the benefits of writing things out by hand and I think that more people should get back into it.