Why Journaling Makes You More Productive

Journalling is ProductiveI don’t know about you, but we are always looking for ways to be more productive. Often we focus on saving time, but improving mental abilities can have a tremendous impact on personal productivity.

Journaling each day can actually provide a variety of mental benefits that are great for productivity. Here are some of the major benefits of keeping a journal:

1. Journaling Makes You Happier

Journaling has been proven to reduce stress and improve mood. Writing about your experiences every day can help to alleviate any pain or negativity that might be attached to these frustrations. It’s not surprising that many therapists and psychologists encourage journaling for its therapeutic effects to deal with past traumatic events.

Gratitude journaling can be a wonderful way to improve happiness and productivity. A number of studies have linked gratitude to happiness. Recording the things you are grateful for each day is an easy way to do this. People who are happier or more productive.

2. Journaling teaches you to focus

In this age of instant gratification, attention spans are dwindling at a startling rate. We tend to consume information in bite-sized pieces—140 characters of text on Twitter, 6 seconds of video on Vine, or a quick top ten list on Buzzfeed. This is why it’s more important than ever to improve your focus.

If you struggle with a wandering mind, journaling can help. If you find it difficult to start, use a question as a prompt. By journaling for 5, 10, 15, or even 20 minutes, you can learn to focus on one task at a time and explore topics more deeply.  Before you know it, your writing stamina will increase and you will be able to focus your mind for longer periods of time.

3. Journaling helps you clarify your thoughts

Journalling is one of the best ways to work through a challenge. In this modern, fast-paced world, we often don’t take the time to really work through our thoughts and ideas. These struggles remain a chaotic mess in our heads. Many people find that journaling helps them solve problems. When you journal, you give your mind a chance to reflect on your challenges and truly understand them.

If you find yourself coming back to the same topic or issue over and over again, this is probably something that you should journal about. For example, if you are obsessing over a problem at work, take some time to write down your thoughts in detail. This will help you focus on the task at hand and work through the issue.

Getting your challenges out of your mind and written down will also help you focus on other important tasks. It is likely that you will see the situation much more clearly than before. You may even come up with some viable solutions to the problem.

4. Journaling helps you communicate better

Poor communication can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. Journaling allows you to practice and develop your own unique authorial voice. Writing every day also helps you to improve your written and verbal communication skills. Research shows that those who practice divergent thinking (brainstorming) in their journaling can improve their communication skills even more than journaling alone.

Even if you never plan on showing anyone else your journal, try writing for different audiences as you journal. When you have a specific audience in mind, you are more likely to tailor your communication style to that particular audience. This skill can carry over to “real life” communication such as sending an email to a client or making a presentation to your colleagues.

5. Journaling improves memory

Writing regularly in a journal has also been proven to improve memory. As you journal, you reinforce the details that you’re documenting. You won’t suddenly develop a photographic memory, but you can expect that your episodic memory will begin to improve. The practice of journaling requires that you use your memory in a specific way each day. The more you use your memory, the easier it will be to recall specific memories.

If you are interested in improving your memory through journaling, be sure to include as many details as possible in your entries. Regardless of whether the day was filled with boring, mundane tasks or exciting activities, carefully record as much as you can recall. Your memory will improve as you continue to use it each day.

6. Journaling clears your mind

Do you ever find your mind spinning? You start thinking about something and you just can’t let it go? Taking time to journal every day can actually help you clear your mind. When you write about what you’re stressed about, you can release these issues, and make room for more positive thoughts in your mind.

If you are journaling to clear your mind, it’s important to journal as often as possible. Set aside time each day to journal and make sure you write as much as you can. Just because something makes you frustrated or uncomfortable, doesn’t mean you should avoid writing it in your journal. On the contrary, writing about troubling issues can help you deal with the stress on a day-today basis instead of letting these stressors build up.

Journaling only takes a few minutes per day, but the benefits are well-worth the time commitment. If you want to have a better memory, improve your mood, clear your mind, and increase clarity and focus, then you should definitely try journaling.

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