Journaling is a habit that, in one form or another, is practiced by a massive amount of people. To find true success, making journaling a part of your daily routine is essential. If you aren’t already doing some form of note taking and planning on a daily basis, check out the top 5 reasons why you should be.
1. Achieving Goals
Writing down your goals has been proven to increase the likelihood of you actually completing them. Unlike taking notes on a computer or in your phone, handwriting signals to the brain that what you’re writing about is significant, and makes you more likely to act on it.
The first step to achieving mindfulness is being honest with how you think and feel. The best way to explore this is through journaling, because it allows you to be open about your thoughts without criticism from external sources. Once you understand how you think and why you feel the ways you do, you can start to build on that to become a more mindful person
3. Higher IQ
The University of Victoria, B.C. found that writing on a regular basis has a positive correlation with intelligence. Writing and practicing language is a mental workout, and setting aside time to practice this skill can make you better at it.
4. Improved Memory Function
Much like how writing makes you more likely to accomplish your goals, handwriting has been shown to improve memory. Not only does the brain receive the “Hey, this is important” signal, but writing your thoughts out in a structured manner makes them easier to remember than trying to recall from the disorganized thought patterns that populate our day.
The most important benefit of all, is the confidence to follow through with what you want. Building a habit of journaling about positive experiences and logging your successes lets your brain experience that feeling again. Much like how some of the other mentioned benefits work, putting the thought to paper can help you become clear on why you were able to succeed, and make you more confident at your next at-bat. Even if you’re journaling about things that didn’t go as planned, brainstorming on how to handle things differently the next time can boost confidence and improve the likelihood of future successes.
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