Journaling. A concept that has lived on for hundreds of years now, yet people continue to do it. Why is that? You simply cannot remember every single situation in a week, let alone a day, so people journal to write down things to get off their mind and to remind themselves about situations.
Since I started working full-time, I started getting in my head more and more. Questioning myself, the decisions I had made, if I was doing the right thing; all that coupled with the stress of being new at work and trying to figure out a new city (as I tell people a new country) and a new environment. One of my mentors challenged me and told me, “You should try journaling. Write down all of your experiences and how it made you feel. That way you won’t ever forget how you felt at that time and how you made it through.”
He was right. I needed to start getting things off my chest rather than keeping it all bottled up on the inside. That’s how you go crazy. You keep everything inside for so long, then it all catches up to you and you break down. Well, we don’t want to get to that point and guess what? We won’t. We are stronger than that and here are a couple of reasons why I journal and what I write about.
Have you ever had one of those times where you thought you weren’t going to make it through? You are working with some people that just drive you crazy. You are tasked with a job that’s way over your head. You need to have a hard conversation, yet you hate confrontation. Well, the truth is, you’re going to make it through all of these tough experiences. So, whenever I’m going through a rough one, I write about it daily. This helps me get all of the stress and anxiety out on paper so that I no longer have to think about it. It also helps me document my journey through the experience. That way you can go back and read through it the next time you are in a similar situation. The only person that knows you best is you, right? So use your own advice to get through your own situations!
Just like the downs, there are always going to be great times. I journal about the great experiences in my life so I can remember them! You want to hold and celebrate all the wins you get (even if they are small ones). By journaling great experiences, it reminds you of the tough times that there are going to be big wins and most of the time…they come right after the tough times.
I’ve learned that by journaling great experiences, it can also help keep you grounded and humbled. I keep all of my journals in a folder on my computer. Every time I go to open one, I am reminded by seeing all of them that life is coupled with ups and downs. All the time. So, this helps keep me reminded about all the big wins, as well as the downs.
Experiences in General
There are going to be some things that you go through and you’ll say, “man I hope I never make someone feel that way.” In that case, you should journal about that experience, how it made you feel and why you’d never do that. There will also be cases where you’ll say, “that was awesome. I want to do that one day.” In which, you should journal about that experience so you can help influence yourself one day in the future to do that.
Lastly, journaling helps hold you accountable. Write down a couple of things you want to get done that week, that month, and that year. Continue to check back on your goal list and keep reminding yourself to do it. This will help you keep a running list of all the things you want to do and then you can hold yourself accountable.
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