You are so busy. There are always at least 10 balls in the air and it’s on you to keep them from falling. Pressure comes from work, school, your partner, your kids, your parents, society, and the mirror. Prioritizing becomes tricky, as everything needs your attention and energy and time and love. You know that journaling has scientifically proven health benefits, but when you are swimming so hard, working to keep your life afloat, how can you possibly squeeze in 5, 10, 30 minutes to yourself to write about what’s on your mind? There is so much to do! Adding another task would just muddy the waters you’re treading, right?
Journaling does take time. You spend precious minutes writing about what you think, what you’ve done, and what you need to do. The whys, whos, and hows are addressed. Time that could be used for other projects are used to explore what you care about. Who you are, who you used to be, and who you will become.
While journaling certainly takes time, it also gives you time. It gives you clarity into what is truly important to you. Journaling helps you to prioritize all of those balls in the air, so you know with certainty which ones must remain high and which can be set down for a minute. Writing down what’s on your mind can provide you with accountability, as you write down your goals and the steps you need to take to meet them. Decision making – both for the simple choices and the life changing moves – becomes simpler as you consistently express, to yourself, what matters to you.
This type of clarity is priceless, yet costs you nothing more than a pen and paper to start obtaining. Clear up those waters you spend your days treading as you simultaneously clear your thoughts and mind.
You are so busy. Do yourself a favor and journal about it.
Already keeping a journal? Please share what the practice has given you in the comments!