Five Reasons to Start a Journal

Five Reasons to Start a Journal

Here are five reasons why journaling is a great habit to develop:

  1. It can help you clarify your thoughts and organize your ideas.
  2. It can boost your creativity.
  3. It can improve your memory.
  4. It can help you relieve stress and anxiety.
  5. It can be a great way to track your progress and accomplishments.

Most people know that in order to be successful, they need to set goals and work hard to achieve them. However, what many people don’t realize is that to reach their goals, they also need a plan of action. That’s where journaling comes in. By writing down your goals and the steps you plan to take to achieve them, you create a roadmap for success that you can refer back to time and again.

Journaling helps us make a strong connection between what we think and how we feel. By writing down our deepest thoughts, we create a record of who we are and why we do things. As a result, journaling can help you gain greater insight into your own behavior by making connections between your emotions and your actions that would otherwise be hidden from view.

One of the best things about journaling is that it can boost your creativity. By writing down your thoughts and ideas, you give yourself the opportunity to explore them in more depth. You also allow yourself to experiment with different styles and formats. As you gain experience, you may find that specific techniques work better than others.

Journaling can boost your creativity!

If you journal consistently, you’ll gain a clearer idea of what’s going on in your life and how you feel about it. Your thoughts and feelings can be captured in written form, which can provide valuable insights into the past when revisited later. Journaling is also one of the best ways to improve your memory because it forces you to recall memories that might otherwise fade away with time.

When you write down your deepest thoughts and feelings on paper, it’s as if they take on a life of their own. This process alone helps to relieve stress and anxiety by taking some of the burdens off our minds, allowing us to forget about our problems for a while so that they don’t overwhelm us. Additionally, studies have shown that writing about our issues can help us solve them, so journaling can even act as a way to overcome the causes of stress.

Everyone likes to think that they’re special and unique, but too often, we fall into patterns of behavior that make it seem like we’re all more similar than different. Journaling is one way to break out of this pattern because writing down your personal thoughts and experiences makes you stand out from everyone else around you. As a result, journaling can also be an effective tool for boosting self-confidence, making people feel good about themselves and what they have achieved in life.

A Journal can keep you organized.

With organization being such an important factor at work and school these days, many people turn to technology for help with managing their schedules and staying on top of their assignments. But while technology is efficient, it doesn’t leave us with the same sense of accomplishment that writing down our goals by hand can provide. As a result, journaling can effectively boost your productivity because it allows you to see all of your hard work in one place.

If you’re genuinely committed to achieving success in life, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start a daily journaling habit right now. The sooner you begin this practice, the better your chances of committing yourself to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of personal growth and accomplishments. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

How to start a journal

One way to get started with journaling is to find a journal that speaks to you. Some people prefer journals with lined paper, while others prefer journals with blank paper. If you’re someone who likes to be creative, you may want to find a journal that has prompts or space for drawing. The most important thing is to find a journal that makes you feel inspired and motivated to write.

Another way to get started with journaling is to set aside a specific time each day for writing. This can be in the morning, evening, or somewhere in between. Choose a time when you won’t be disturbed and have enough time to write in-depth about your thoughts and feelings.

Journaling is a powerful tool for improving your perception of the world and yourself. Journal writing also promotes positivity and self-confidence because as we write down thoughts and feelings that would otherwise fade away with time, they take on a life of their own. This process alone makes us feel good, which leads to productivity boosts when we see all of our hard work laid out before us in one place! If any of this sounds like something you would like to try, why not start today!

Aritfacts and Work Culture

As I was sitting in the office of another department head, I started noticing things on the walls. The walls weren’t filled with the ‘I love me’ certificates or notes of achievement that is come to be expected in an office setting. His walls and bookcases were filled with what seemed to be a random assortment of items. There was a stufffed cat, a picture of a donkey, a replica WWE championship belt and various photos that were somewhat embarrassing for the leader to have on display.

I started asking about all of the clutter, the seemingly off placement of items. What began as a conversation about culture and productivity.

He had created a culture in which the employees honestly felt as they were a family. The office was less of a shrine to himself and more of a display of inside jokes and memories of great times. Everything in the office, even the weird stuffed cat, had a meaning to someone or a group of people within the group. The stories that were told along with each item made it clear to me why his department when performing at such a high level of efficiency.

There was a large amount of trust built into the workgroup. There were a vast amount of memories made into each random item and with it an emotional connection to the workgroup.

As the trust and inside jokes increased, so did the productivity. The employees felt safe and welcomed. Simply creating an environment in which the people were the value had effectively made the workgroup under his command stick out.

How do you create an environment and atmosphere that makes people stay safe? Value others and embrace their personalities. Their and your careers depend upon it.

Perspective (Continued)

I share this from a conversation I had with a young professional employee. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of understanding the perspective from which the person you are trying to communicate with is internalizing your message. A few days after publishing that, I was contacted by a subscriber whom shared with me an excerpt from a conversation they had with a co-worker.

In the story, their coworker was complaining about ‘millennials’ and their lack of work ethic. The coworker went on to degrade the generation for not being as committed to the organization as generations in the past as well as highlighting a few other stereotypes about ‘millennials.’

Politely, the younger worker, who is 29, replied with; “I’m a millennial, do you think I exhibit these characteristics?”

The coworker simply stated, you’re too old to be a millennial and continued down the path of complaining and stereotyping.

As the conclusion of this conversation, the young employee pointed out things from their perspective:

“It’s not our fault that the baby boomers pushed us all to go into college. It’s not our fault that we were told the only way to be successful was to become a white-collar professional. We have simply been over-educated to the point to where nobody wants to get their hands dirty because we have been told since adolescents that success comes from being in an office setting.”

From a perspective stance, I find this thought-provoking. There are many ways to utilize those few sentences in the workforce to lead, motivate, and inspire other people. The first step in doing so is to fully understand. Understand where your coworkers and employees may be coming from. To know how they are internalizing things and to act accordingly.

Perspective

What perspective are you using as a leader? Many times, we view the world through the lens of our experiences and we automatically assume other people see the world in the same manner as ourselves. The reality is, that could not be further from the truth.

When we deal with others, we must be certain that we make a strong effort to view the world as they see it. In an attempt to communicate a thought or an idea, we must understand how the other person receives and processes information.

We have all seen the co-worker or employee that has a struggle in their personal life bleed over into the workplace. It is a natural thing that, as much as we try not to, still occurs with regularity. As a leader, do you view how they are processing information or do you address performance deficiencies without thought?

If a person is struggling in their marriage and is beginning to have issues at work, could a simple conversation, if not handled appropriately, lead to the employee feeling as though they are being rejected in the workplace as well as at home? Simply taking the time to analyze what is going on with an employee, and understanding them to the best of your abilities can have a significant impact on employee morale as well as productivity.

While this is one example, it can be replaced with many. Is the employee in the middle of a life change, baby on the way, a new house being built, newly promoted? The list goes on.

Bottom line, as a leader, it is your responsibility to analyze the employee’s perspective and how they will interpret information presented. It is then your duty to treat your people accordingly.

Encourage Innovation

As a leader, you likely have some formal role or authority over a person or group of people within your work environment. As such, do you recognize when you are stifling their innovation?

Leaders must take into account the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their subordinates in their daily routines. While having a hand in the development of employees is an essential task of a leader. It can, however, stifle innovation within the organization. Take for example an employee who is performing at or above an acceptable level of performance. Continued intervention within the employee’s progress can stifle their growth. Simply put, at some point, we, as organizational leaders, must stop guiding and directing in such proximity. We must have the self-awareness to take a step back and allow our people to flourish.

Additionally, leaders must be so engaged as to observe a developmental struggle unfold and take action accordingly. If the employee is beginning to fail, intervention is necessary. Failing to intervene and offer guidance before failure can disrupt an employees confidence. As confidence is directly related to commitment, as confidence diminishes, as do commitment levels.

Sometimes, relinquishing control may seem hard to do. Taking a step back and allowing your people to grow in their way can breathe new life into your organization. Additionally, there are indirect consequences including increased buy-in from employees as they feel they have a say in the overall vision of the organization. Other benefits include increased commitment levels to the organization, opened lines of communication and one of the most important things, a succession plan.