In hindsight many people say their biggest insights, clarity and healing come from writing, yet it is so easy to compromise this quality time.
The hardest thing about journaling is starting: making the time and then getting the pen and mind flowing. Protecting a certain time each day helps build a good practice. So please MAKE AND TAKE THE TIME to do it.
Do any of these times work for you? First thing in the morning, last thing at night, during coffee breaks, before a meal, after each meeting, during commute time, when in nature, when sitting in the sun, when you are alone, etc. Set up your commitment time or triggers to write in your journal.
It is magical – when you start to connect with insights, answers, ideas, healing, revelations – you will want more.
Here are a few tips to help you benefit from the power of journaling:
– At least once each week, review the previous week and write about your motives, feelings, insights or miracles that occurred in that week — anything that you consider important to your growth.
– Try using different colors. I have gone through over 100 of the Bic 4 color pens. Each colourful page looks different and I remember them easier. And you can give a different meaning to each color.
– Write in your journal at least 4 times each week, even if you write just a few lines at a time. Create the habit.
– Pick one new topic from your journaling Hot List and write on it. This will help you get out of routine and into something different.
I interviewed over 90 people who had made significant shifts in their lives. Their reasons were varied. The conclusion I drew was revealing. Most of them had to retreat and write or be coached, but there was no one common tool or process used.
My conclusion, and to this day I realize, we need to use 4 to 6 different tools to address the same topic.
This creates more perspectives, more dimensions, more tension and more intensity on the situation. As we stimulate different perspectives in our subconscious mind, it begins to loosen up and work for us. It reintegrates and balances the different stimulus and ideas. It opens up and reveals new messages and old beliefs for us to work with.
If you have a challenge to work on and want to change your life in your natural way, keep the tension on it by using different journaling tools. A boiling pot stops boiling when you take it off the burner.
Only one friend will allow you to totally ignore, abuse, laugh with, swear at, shed tears on, get angry at and be totally honest with him/her – and that is your journal. It is an unconditional friend. It does not reject, manipulate, judge, laugh at or ridicule you. It is always there for you.
So be honest with your best friend. If security is a problem, lock it up or leave your journal in another location away from home or burn your pages after you journal. BUT please journal. It is a very healing tool. Honor and respect your journal. Set up rituals around journaling. Put your journal in a nice package. Isn’t it great to know you have just made an eternal, intimate friend!
Is your “To Do” list some days just too big?
Do the opposite of what some experts say. Do not work on the big benefit items but on the little stuff that eventually ends up as firefighting.
Make a list of all of the little tasks that keep accumulating – your procrastination list. Estimate the number of minutes each of these small tasks could take. Then do the shortest ones first and proceed through the rest.
Feel the energy and sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Now for the next few days do this with a new list and start with what is most important to you. If some tasks take many days, break them down into chunks that take hours instead of days.
Top-down connections tool grounds the abstract, essence and purpose into meaningful details. Bottom-up connections tool connects ideas, tasks and facts with the bigger picture. This is just one tool of 50 Journaling Tools.