Thanks to Susan JK for sharing her thoughts.
Of all the things that have been helpful to me in personal growth and goal achievement, using my journal on a daily basis is at the foundation. Writing in my journal is the glue that holds everything together.
For me it is part of my morning routine – wake-up, make a cappuccino, get my journals, write.Journals, as in plural, as I have my daily Bullet Journal for all the tasks that need to get done that day; and I have another journal where I let my thoughts, goals, and worries spill onto the page.
Journaling is my safe place – where I can write and say what I feel deep inside. It was the place to make new plans for re-building my life when my marriage ended. When I pick up my journals from past years I can see all the hurdles that I have overcome, the new life that I’ve built, and all the things that I have accomplished.New journal entries are filled with all that I am grateful for now, what I have done today, what I learned, and my own call to action. What will I do today to move my business and life towards my goals tomorrow? I write so I won’t forget; so I won’t lose focus, or get distracted. Writing about good things – the important people in my life, my work that brings me pleasure – all of it provides context to my ideas, goals and plans.
I’m also a bit of a productivity junkie. Many people are busy but are not productive. I get immense pleasure from crossing off items on my to-do list. It’s like eating a piece of really good chocolate.
And finally, Journaling helps me avoid decision fatigue (huge when you are a Libra like me and constantly searching for “balance and harmony in life”).
Journaling has helped me become the person I was always meant to be.
Susan October 2019
Susan will be leading a journaling workshop at Get Yoga on December 8. Check out the details here.