Journaling For Beginners.

Journaling, it may sound unattractive and old-school-ly. But yes, I do it, every possible day. And because this is 2019 you can find a couple dozen of apps for this task, yet I do it the classic way so that I won’t use that reason to keep looking at a backlit screen for half of the day.

Intro.

The reason I started doing was simple. I wanted a method to track my workflow, behavior and emotional patterns throughout the day, the week and beyond, so that I have some record of whatever I was up to. And later I can use it to understand how I should fix my routines, schedules and workflow.

I started needing this when I was trying to get back on track or the “self improvement hype” (as mentioned in last week’s blog) and I can relate to the way this has transformed my day into a more productive and balanced one. Sometimes I just switch off the TV or get far from my phone because I don’t wanna be disappointed writing the journal at the end of the day.

How I got started.

I learned this level of organization and record keeping from Nathaniel Drew, a filmmaker and yet another self improvement buff. Click here to watch the video that introduced it to me (because later I’ll be trying to save words by pretending you have watched the video). In the beginning I was using the same format as him when writing and later changed to a more personalized and time efficient way that was simply better suited for me. As he mentions in the video this works better your own way than just copying him right away.

Nathaniel Drew

First I went out and bought a spiral notebook which was not necessary (I couldn’t make my my mind not to), and a pocket sized spiral notebook that would work as a to-do list. Then I started off by copying Nathaniel Drew in the process. If you take a look at my journal, you would understand how it got evolved with my experience over time.

You don’t really need a specific kind of a book or jot pad, just start right away. My friend Ryan, the author of TechNest started with an exercise book for journaling.

How I journal.

You have the choice between either “flow journaling” or “bullet journaling”, or you can even mix the two which is the method I use as well. I use the bullet method to list out weekly (and sometimes daily) goals and check the box of each one completed. Some common goals are minimizing screen on time, testing new study methods, meditating regularly etc.

I would use the flow method at the end of the day writing things like how the day went, what I could complete and what I couldn’t, my idea about that day’s workflow, my emotional patterns and any other important thing.

What you get.

For those sitting on the fence, these 10 benefits of journaling will convince you to start writing.

  • Stretching your IQ
  • Evoking mindfulness
  • Achieving goals
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Boosting memory and comprehension
  • Strengthen your self-discipline
  • Improve communication skills
  • Healing.
  • Spark your creativity
  • Self confidence

This simple habit reaches out to a lot of benefits. By journaling you are keeping a record of your own workflow and patterns. It helps you to track and build habits and routines at the same time. And at any moment you loose track of your workflow, it’s easier to make a comeback. It also allows you to look back and understand what you have been up to, throughout the day or the week or even the month making it some sort of a self reflection. It also helps you with emotional balance, letting you know before reaching burnout for an example. It has even been helpful with time management for myself.

I hope you have got an idea about journaling and its uses at this point. Reach out to me to ask any questions in the comment section or through the contact page.

An app for journaling.

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