A daily practice of journaling is one habit you might consider adding to your life to see some immediate improvements to your career and work life.
Simply setting aside as little as ten minutes each day to write can help bring a focus and clarity to your life and provide several unexpected dividends.
Here are five ways journaling can benefit your career and enhance your life.
Journaling allows you to process your thoughts and feelings
Writing provides an organized way for you to gain some understanding of the events of the day, and the emotions that accompany them. This can aid you in working through situations or circumstances that contribute to difficult emotions–such as fear, anger, or sadness–and can help provide an honest look at factors contributing to success or failure.
Journaling helps you set your focus for the next day
When you take a few minutes at the end of the day to write you can spend some of that time setting your priorities, listing a few of your major tasks for the next day, and enabling you to be more focused and prepared when you awake the following morning.
Journaling helps you recognize your successes and accomplishments
When you commit to a daily practice of writing you have a record of your accomplishments and can look back over time to acknowledge your successes and appreciate your achievements.
Journaling can be a way to recognize the good in your life
Life is busy and many times we rush through life without taking account of the good we experience and the things we can be grateful for. Journaling is a great opportunity to take stock of the good you encounter daily, and enables you to read again regularly as a reminder.
Journaling helps you retain what you’ve learned
When you take the time to write down some insight or knowledge you’ve gained during the day, you are better able to recall it and apply that knowledge later.
You don’t have to be a prolific writer to benefit from journaling. Try spending ten to fifteen minutes a day writing and you’ll likely soon recognize some of the advantages to your life and career noted above.