Some think journal writing is so in trend, while some say it is old-school, some like to write about their plans, while some pen down important events of their life. Whatever be your opinion, below listed are different kinds of journals to suit your taste and reasons why journal writing is beneficial for you.
Planner Journal: When you write down your plans and goals, you get clarity about what tasks are important, which ones need time and the steps to go about it. Also, when you write it down, your brain subconsciously tries to get them done even when you have forgotten about them. The more detailed your goals will be, the more is the possibility that you will achieve them.
The progress that you jot down, becomes your biggest motivator when you get onto the next step towards your goals.
Also, when you accomplish things from your to-do list it gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
Gratitude journal: As the name suggests, the idea is to write down stuff that you are grateful for. When you write down happy memories, you relive them once again, giving a boost to your happy hormones. It is said that people who are grateful for little things are more likely to be happier in life.
Stress Journal: Dr. James Pennebaker, author of ‘Writing to Heal’ has seen very promising results with this concept. It is a very good way to put all the negative feelings out of your brain and onto the paper. Writing does not solve any problems for you but helps you manage stress in a healthy way.
Work-out Journal: This one is my personal favorite. There used to be times when I would simply skip my work-out for so many days in a month and not have a count. Enter Work-out journal. It not only made me realize how often I was skipping my exercise but motivated me to reduce that count. And as of today, I go through most months with skip counts less than 3-4 times a month. Yay!
Idea Journal: An idea journal can be the best place to dump your ideas. Whether it’s in the morning right after you’re up, or after a long day; whether you’re at home or traveling for work, it allows you to put down all the great ideas down so that you don’t forget them later.
Irrespective of the type of journal that interests one, some perks common for everyone are:
Improved your communication skills: You are subconsciously talking with the diary. These subconscious conversations with the diary help you have better communication skills with other people.
Improved vocabulary: Regular writing needs you to look for new words and phrases to express yourself and thereby expands your vocabulary knowledge.
(P.S.- Journal writing doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be original. It can be flawed and imperfect, but that’s ok. You can have grammatical errors, and that’s okay too. It is your journal and it is supposed to make you happy and serve the purpose you made it for!)