Research has found that the left brain remembers best only 7 or less items when presented with a list. As the list becomes larger, the left brain has a hard time comprehending it. This situation invites the right brain to engage and use its big picture, synthesizing, intuitive approach. The right brain will see the list from new perspectives.
When you stand back from your journaling and take a bird’s eye view, this allows the intuitive right brain to do its processing.
This shows why lists and brainstorming can be a natural intuitive tool.