I have been journaling for many years now and find it an invaluable tool for my own personal growth and development.
I use it in many ways at different times…
- I record any new awareness and insights that I have as a result of any courses, books or coaching that I am currently working with.
- I record observations from my day – especially synchronistic events.
- I have used it as a place to record those things I am grateful for at the end of the day. This has been particularly useful at times when I have felt discouraged or down.
- I have also used it at times when I have felt miserable or sorry for myself to focus my attention on those things that can lift me out of that place e.g. Today I enjoyed…, Today I have nurtured myself by…, Today at laughed at…, Today I challenged myself…, Today I had fun…, Tomorrow I am looking forward to …,
- I use it to reflect on the actions I took during the day – what was the result and what did I learn, with the intention of listing at least one thing I learned that day.
- I have used it to recognize my successes from the day.
- I have used it to set my intentions for the next day
- I have used it as a dumping ground when I need to clear my head and get clarity around what is most important for me to attend to at any moment.
- Recently I have used my journal as a way to monitor things I want to change – I do a quick check in on how am I feeling emotionally, mentally or physically so I can flick back and see any patterns that could be affecting my ability to make the changes I want to make.
- I use it as a place to remember things during the day – I always keep it with me in my bag.
- Sometimes I have ended my day with a question around what I want to know or support I need. Often the answer will pop up within the next day or two.
I hope this inspires you and gives you some ideas on how you can use journaling in your life for growth and development too. Remember to use it in whatever way feels right and enjoyable for you. I have written something in my journal every day in the past, however recently I am much more relaxed about the process and pick it up when I feel I want to write or have something to say or explore. There is no right or wrong way about doing this – it is about using your journal in whatever way you need to at any given time.
Please share your thoughts about journaling below by clicking on the word “comments” – I would love to hear about other ways of using a journal and how his process has been of value to you.