Keeping a journal is a habit that promotes happiness and gratitude, but it can also help encourage productivity; a must for anyone who finds themselves too pressed for time to get through their to-do list or who spends time procrastinating when they should be getting things done. It may not seem the most obvious of productivity tools compared to spreadsheets, reminders or traditional office amenities, but you’ll be surprised at its effectiveness. How does this work? The psychology behind it is actually really quite simple.
When everything begins to get on top of you and life becomes busy or stressful, it can all too easily feel that there’s not enough hours in the day to get through everything you need to. Getting into a new habit and routine can seem nigh on impossible, but if you can take the time – or make the time – to journal regularly, you’re already well on the way to better prioritisation and time management skills as you adapt to new behaviours.
The misconception stopping most of us getting started is that we perceive journaling as a time-consuming activity that requires a regular commitment. In practice, this simply isn’t the case. Journaling is what you make it, and if you can only spare a few minutes once every few days, this is still considerably better than nothing. Adopting a regular habit is positive, but it doesn’t need to be adhered to right away; sometimes this behaviour will come over time. Establishing a routine and reaping the benefits of it will allow you better to adopt positive and productive habits elsewhere in your day, and in life.
Setting aside additional time (and time can be anything – three minutes are better than no minutes!) to reflect upon your previous journal entries can be hugely beneficial to you mentally and spiritually. The things you write are the things you learn, and this helps reinforce the messaging, gratitude and lessons you take in as you go through life. Re-visiting and reading back older entries can help remind you not just of past memories and events, stimulating happy feelings and reminiscence, but also of constructive lessons learnt and experiences gone by.
Keeping yourself focused and feeling grateful for the life you’re living and have lived through journaling harnesses your potential, creates a platform for daily recovery and re-nourishment, and helps you find clarity in your thinking and abilities. These all come as a result of focusing your attention on your goals, your gratitude and your accomplishments thus far.
You’ll feel great for gaining mental clarity and (eventually) fitting more into your day – it’ll just be a case of prioritising what is most important and most pressing for you, and then translating this to real life. Your heart, head and soul will thank you for it!
Need some inspiration? You can find our top 10 journaling prompts here!