Keeping a journal is a habit which promotes happiness and gratitude, but it also helps 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 could be getting tasks done.
Journalling may not seem the most obvious of productivity tools, compared to spreadsheets, reminders or traditional office amenities, but you’ll be surprised at the effectiveness.
How Does Journalling to Increase Productivity Actually Work?
The psychology behind journalling is actually really quite simple. In this article, we'll show you how it can be simple to use a journal to increase your productivity!
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When life becomes busy or stressful, it can feel that there are not enough hours in the day to get through all the tasks that you need to complete for work or home.
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 with journalling, is that we perceive it as a time-consuming activity which requires a regular commitment. In practice, this simply isn’t the case.
Spare a Few Minutes.
Journalling is what you make it - if you can only spare a few minutes to write in your notebook once every few days, this is still considerably better than nothing.
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.
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 this practice will allow you better to adopt positive and productive habits elsewhere in your day, and in life.
Re-Visit Your Journal Entries.
Whatever you write down is what you learn. Writing helps reinforce the messaging, gratitude and lessons you take in as you go through life. Re-visiting and re-reading older entries can help remind you not just of past memories and events - stimulating happy feelings - but also of constructive lessons learned and experiences gone by.
Keeping yourself focused and feeling grateful for the life you’re living and have lived through journalling harnesses your potential, creates a platform for daily recovery and re-nourishment, and helps you find clarity in your thinking and abilities.
These positive outcomes 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, over time, 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 journalling!
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