Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount you think you have to do and then when you write your To Do list, you realise it’s not so bad after all?
Yep, me too.
When there’s a lot swirling round in your head, it’s sometimes difficult to grasp what’s really there, but when you commit your thoughts to paper, it’s a different story.
If you’re stuck in a rut, looking for a new challenge or change of direction in your life or career, but are unsure which way to go, writing it out may be the solution.
Writing in a private journal can help you articulate thoughts and feelings in a way that allows you make sense of them. You don’t need to worry about sounding particularly coherent, it’s not writing that’s going to be on show to anyone else, but the act of applying language to a thought that feels vague in your head will help you understand it.
No one else needs to see what you’ve written, unless you want them to. You can take your time to figure out what it is you think before you involve anyone else. This might help you access what you really think when you’re not taking some else’s reactions into account.
Space to explore new things
Journaling is a wonderful way to test out new ideas, a safe space to look at pros and cons, brain dump and generally admit to dreams you’re not yet ready to voice.
Ability to identify patterns and themes
Re-reading journal entries can help you identify patterns and themes that you might otherwise not pick up on. You’ll also be able to see if you’re continually coming back to the same issues without doing anything about them so you know it’s time to take some positive action.
When you do identify areas where you need to take action, a journal is also an excellent planning tool. Planning is basically setting an intention to carry out an action and whatever time period you’re working with – a day, a week, a month or longer – sitting down, thinking about and writing out all the things you want to get done over that period gives you something tangible to refer to and enables you to focus and prioritise.
What writing it out did for me
After I had my boys, I knew my life wasn’t set up in a way that allowed me to do what mattered to me most - look after my family, build something worthwhile for my children and do something I enjoyed at the same time. FINALLY I set about figuring out how to change things.
My starting point was journaling because, as a writer and stationery lover, I didn’t know how to do anything other than turn to a blank notebook to write about real life too. Call it what you will – a notebook, a journal, a diary – it was the place I worked out what I wanted to do and then planned a way to take action. Journaling helped me gain clarity and inspiration, and then, more importantly, take action based on what mattered to me most.
If you’re looking for a new challenge or a change of direction in your life or career and are ready to see what journaling can do for your future, THE THREE I’S OF ME is the perfect place to start. It’s a free workbook of journaling exercises so you can get to know what makes you tick, what makes you special, what makes you unique. The essential first page to help you write your life’s next chapter!
You can get a hold of your copy here.
YOU can write the next chapter in YOUR life story. Don’t leave your happy ending to chance.
ps These things are always better with friends, so come and join Emerald and Lime: create an inspired and lasting expression, a new Facebook group for stationery-loving bookworms in need of a challenge or a change of direction in their life or career. The group is a safe place for you to discuss your ambitions, try out fledgling ideas and feel inspired and supported as you write your life’s next chapter. I’d love to see you there!