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Start Journaling, It's Easier Than You Think

Journaling is not what you think, or at least it’s not what I used to think it was.

“Dear Diary, today I had a bad day. My partner told me I’m fat.”

Recording what happened to you during the day is only one of the three billion things you could use your journal for.

I use it to clarify my intentions, make decisions, speak to myself, reflect, and ask myself questions no one ever asks me. I only started journaling at the beginning of this year. 

I’m glad I did.

But here’s the best thing about it: journaling doesn’t require consistency; it’s not like brushing your teeth, going to the gym, mastering a skill, or building an audience on social media. You can journal for three days in a row, quit, and then return to it next month. No problem. No one will get offended.

But if you do it long enough, you’ll notice how powerful it is. I’ve already noticed its magic after only two months. Don’t believe me, though. Try it for yourself.

I recommend using a paper journal and a pen. Typing is too fast. Writing by hand, however, slows down your thinking processes and helps you access areas of your brain you don’t normally explore. There must be a scientific explanation for this, I’m sure.

To help you get started with journaling, here’s a book recommendation: Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth — Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life by Kathleen Adams.

I hope you’ll give it a go.

I talk about journaling in this video, too.

 

Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.