I got inspired to write this article through my answer to a post comment on facebook. I love these interactions on facebook; it brings out fresh ideas, new explanations and more support on our Path! (This is where I thank my TNHMe friends for sharing their thoughts!!)
As I explained on my original post, I hold 2 Journals. One is for my Thoughts and the other is for my Plans. In both cases, writing makes whatever is in your mind more concrete and real. In the case of Plans, setting Goals on paper transforms the To Do list into some form of contract said my friend.
Journals being a bound set of sheets, you end up keeping your pages in sequence order. Normally you would use page 1 first, then page 2 tomorrow and so on. So the order of your thoughts and plans are also in date sequence. This has a huge advantage over writing on post-it notes or loose leaf. Here are several reasons why:
- You won’t lose a Journal, but you can lose (or throw out) a sheet or piece of paper
- When you write a To Do list, a Plan of Action or similar contract with yourself, you can review and adapt the following day, week or month. Going back to previous pages helps to see the progress or lack there of.
- When you see in your few past Plans of Action that there is a Goal, Milestone or Step that you have stalled on, that you can seem to get passed, overcome or take care of, this is your cue to ask questions. You may want to use a Thoughts Journal to ask yourself how you feel about that To Do item.
- You can always go back to previous pages (or continue to work on a thought process started days ago) when you are trying to deal with a particular problem. You can see progress, compare notes, or re-read to try to understand and/or identify patterns, beliefs or repeated relevant words that may hint to an issue.
These are just some of the advantages of Journal Writing. I have written a whole month’s worth of articles on Journals back in January 2011 so I can tell you there are plenty of reasons to start this habit. Over time, I have noticed the importance of keeping 2 separate Journals as it helped a lot in my business plans as well. This suggestion is just as good for anyone working on any kind of professional or personal project. I urge you to give yourself just 10 minutes a day to try it and let me know what you think (even if it doesn’t work for you!)