These 10 Reasons Will Convince You To Start Keeping A Journal

10 reasons that will convince you to start keeping a journal

Written by Ajibike Maryam Olaitan

Ajibike Maryam Olaitan is a motivational writer whose write-ups talks about basic issues and how to get by them. She is also a selfless person and a good listener. When she's not writing, she's trying to learn new things that might be helpful to not just her but also people around her.

July 10, 2021

One sensible thing you can do for yourself when everything happening around you seems chaotic is to write and keep a journal. But surprisingly, when we hear the word “journal”, what comes to mind is an image of a teenage girl on her bed, writing about all the boys in her class. But the definition of a journal is way more than just a teenagers’ diary.

A journal is a record of your daily life, events, experiences, thoughts, feelings, ideas, achievements and happenings around you, more like your amebo or gist partner doesn’t matter your age. So why shouldn’t you have one? Before we look into reasons why you should keep a journal, let’s take a look at few types of journals, and trust me I would chip in some reasons to start convincing you before the end of this article;

Types Of Journals

1. Food Journal

Whether you are a foodie or not, you should definitely keep a food journal. This would help you keep track of what you eat during the day, eliminate the ones that are not healthy, in case you are struggling to lose weight.

A food journal would also help you to determine what foods to eat to increase your metabolism.

2. Travel Journal

A travel journal helps you keep track of the places you have been to, the experiences, challenges you embarked on and also funny moments.

3. Fitness Journal

Keeping a fitness journal is really important as it helps you monitor every single workout, how your body reacts to the exercises and also how your body feels on the rest days.

A fitness journal also helps you know what workout works best for your body type.

4. To-Do List

This is the most important type of journal, as it helps you stay organized. Instead of bombarding your brain with a lot of things to do, write them down and at the end of the day cross out the ones you were able to complete and try to figure out why you couldn’t complete the rest.

The list doesn’t just end with the above types listed, you can keep whatever type of journal you want, be it an appreciation journal, goal tracker journal or a dream journal. Now, let’s dive into those reasons I promised you and I am sure that at this stage, you are already thinking about what type of journal to keep.

Reasons Why You Should Keep A Journal

1. Improves Your Writing Skills

Journaling helps to improve your writing skill, this is because the more you write, the more perfect you get at writing. You probably might want to ask “do I just write anything?”, heck yes, as long as you write, it doesn’t matter what.

2. It Helps Track Your Progress

Keeping a journal like fitness or a to-do list, helps you keep track of your progress and what to do to get better.

3. Keeping a Journal Improves Your Memory

When you write something down, it lets your brain know that you want to remember it again. It is proven that students who take notes during a lecture retain information better because the act of writing lets your brain know that it should pay attention, thus improving your memory. retention

4. It Helps You Achieve Your Goals

When you write down your goals, it serves as a reminder of what and what you need to achieve at what specific time, it also helps you stay accountable to your set down goals.

5. Keeping A Journal Helps You Improve Your Communication Skills

You learn to express yourself effectively when you keep a journal, which in turn helps you communicate better. Writing leads to a clear mind, which leads to clear communication.

6. A Journal Can Be A Record For The Future

A good journal is like wine; it gets better as it gets older.

Keeping a journal is a gift you give the future you, reading what you wrote can give you an insight into how far you have come. It also makes you appreciate the moments you have had, either good or bad and how they have helped you become who you are.

7. A Good Journal Inspire Your Creativity

Another reason why you should keep a journal is that it helps you harness your inner creativity. The more you write, the more you discover different thoughts, expressions and ideas you never knew you had in you.

8. Keeping A Journal Helps You Reduce Stress

When you write your thoughts and feelings, you decongest your mind and make it easier for your brain to process those thoughts and feelings that formed up throughout the day. This act will help you sleep better at night.

9. A Journal Helps in Healing

Writing serves as a tool for emotional, physical and psychological healing. When you put your traumatic experiences into writing, it helps you free yourself from the experiences that might lead to depression.

10. Keeping A Journal Helps Boost Self-esteem

The more you write about positive experiences and results, the more your brain relives those moments and builds a mental shield when doubts try to prevent you from achieving your goals. This act helps in boosting your self-esteem.

Conclusion

Always remember that journaling is not hard, what is hard is starting the habit. But, when you do start, no matter what type of journal you decide to keep, what’s most important is the fact that you made that choice to connect with your mind, body and soul.

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2 Comments

  1. Aisha Zakari

    Definitely retains..I write before you know, one day I took it and was just laughing.
    I’m like “so this happened, WHAT”
    Good times..I pray I get back the time to write again. Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Ajibike Maryam Olaitan

    you really have to get back to writing. there is no good or bad writing.

    Reply

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