I’ve been journaling for quite some time now and in my opinion its a complete game changer when it comes to our wellbeing. The effect it has on my daily life is pinnacle and now I can’t go a day without it entering something into it. It's a great way to stay in control of your daily activities, goals and behaviour. I tend to fill mine in before I sleep, its become a good ritual to keep up, I have about four sections in mine; daily tasks, improvements, things I’ve learnt and a grateful section. Each section important to my wellbeing. I can’t begin to describe the positive effects, its very important in improving ourselves as humans.
My daily tasks consistent of all the work I need to get done within that day, it can be vague just a list of tasks you need to push the needle forward. I keep the easy tasks at the top because they’re easy and once they’re ticked off I get high from the dopamine release therefore I’ll push myself to complete the rest of the tasks.
The improvement section is to me, is the most important. Here I’ll write down all the mistakes I’ve made within the day, I’ll literally write each thing, because once you read over them you’ll feel embarrassed or shameful, which is good because it’ll allow you to reflect on your own actions therefore making you more aware resulting in you being less likely to commit that certain thing. You can linger on a thought in your head but that thought will easily be placed by another in due time, so writing it down is the best measure.
The things I've learnt section usually requires you to keep your journal with you, and jot down the things you learn as soon as the information is fresh on your mind, its quite hard to come back to your journal after a long day and try and think of the things you’ve learnt. Lastly, the gratefulness section. Its common practise in my religion to constantly stay grateful for the many blessings we have, regardless of religion keeping a grateful section in your journal is a great way to keep focus and stay patient. Being grateful allows us to keep things in perspective and not fall into the trap of ‘complaining’.
You don’t need to be a writer, you can be totally new to writing but just buy a small Moleskine from Waterstones etc and away you go, write down your fears, worst nightmares, ambitions, goals, something nice someone said to you that one time, and overtime these will work as memory banks for you to look back and if you’ve been consistent, the results will be mind-blowing.