This article answers the question of “why should I journal”?
Is anyone familiar with the saying, “Just write?” It resonates with many people who are just starting to journal and get stuck with the other familiar phrase, “I don’t know what to say…” This sentence, “Just write,” is often the mantra to help break the impasse of a creative block to help facilitate the start of many first journal entries. The power of journaling should not be underestimated, as we have learned that journals give us a place to put down our thoughts and make sense of them. Journals are a place where thoughts can become organized and perhaps be seen in a different lens. Journaling is also a habit of almost every powerful leader and inspirational speaker throughout history. Just to name a few, from Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill, they all journaled.
So, let’s break down the benefits of what journaling is and what it can do for you by using the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why! This is the 5th and final part of our 5 part series on The 5 W’s of Journaling: Why.
There are plenty of benefits that we can get from journaling. It allows us to reflect on what is important in our life, and where we want to focus our energy. It offers an opportunity to document our day and discover what we have learned reflecting on the successes and even failures. This is your opportunity for self-talk and to release frustrations while you find your personal courage to problem solve and find solutions.
This reflection on where you are now and where you want to be tomorrow is one of the most powerful gifts journaling can bestow on you. Getting your thoughts out; journals are a great practice for doing just that. Beyond that, journaling also gives you a chance to sit down and review those thoughts now that they are out. Are they still true? Do you like them? What would you like to do about them? This review process through journaling can be one of the most beneficial practices in your self-care routine. It’s time to get writing so you can start to ask yourself some of those crucial questions!
So, “Just write”, because no matter what you put down no one is grading you. Journaling is a self-edited place where only you can oversee what you have written and reflected. You are the author of your self-care, and how you to choose to write it can produce powerful results. The benefits of journaling are endless and may offer insights into your life that you have never experienced before, or haven’t taken the time to reflect on just yet. The “Why” of the 5 W’s is just a starting point for you but the most important lesson to learn is to pick up a pen, paper, and “Just write”!