For a long time, I’ve been writing article after article, publishing them on my blog, here, or on other sites. Over my career so far, I’ve published literally thousands of articles under my name or as a ghostwriter.
Which is why it’s a strange experience for me to go back to my old roots. To go back to how I first came into writing.
The origin story isn’t anything crazy. It all started as a humble suggestion from my project leader in Katimavik. She suggested I take up writing to help me sort out my emotions.
There was a lot more that I was going through though.
However, writing — what little I did — proved to be helpful for me mentally. So I kept it around a little.
But today, my writing is taking a different form. It’s not a matter of writing down my emotions.
Instead, I’m writing down my thought process, goals, ambitions, and what’s happening in my life.
I’ve started to document again.
And I think journalling thus far has helped me do a lot more than that.
It’s Helped Me To Focus
For someone who needs to know what the next step is, journalling has allowed me the time to pause and focus on what matters. The experiences that I have been going through these past few months have taught me what I should be prioritizing.
And more importantly how I should be prioritizing them.
With this in mind, I found it easier for me to focus because I have a deeper understanding of what I should do and why I should do it.
Not to say that I didn’t have a reason to begin with, but I do struggle a bit with focusing and determining what I should be focusing on from day to day.
It further solidifies what I truly want to do and pursue in my life. And that’s important no matter what stage you are at in your life right now.
It’s Helped Me To Reflect
My days are repetitive. Such is the case for someone who is looking to grow their business and make a name for themselves. But that reality really starts to sink in when you are forcing yourself to look at each day.
Before I started to write down in the journal, I did just that. I looked at my life and found that a lot of my life for the past few months has been nothing but work and quite the same day.
It’s why after only a few days of writing, I focused on the goals and ambitions I have. I began to prioritize what each day was going to be like. I’m to the point now that I’ve actually developed some themes. There’s not much structure to them (i.e. Wednesdays are writing days, Thursdays are video days, etc.) but I know which kind of “day” I want to have based on my priorities.
That only comes when I reflect on my goals and my progress on said goals.
To expand on it, journalling has also helped me in organizing my day and life. I understand how important it is for me to have structure. That way, I can better plan ahead and determine what my goals are.
It’s Helped Me To Discover Who I Am
I mentioned in one of my recent videos on my experiences with Katimavik that I was more or less an empty shell.
I didn’t have opinions or even understand particular things that are happening in the world.
And if I’m honest, I’m still kind of in that boat right now.
But while I was bothered by that in the past, I’ve actually grown to accept it in my life right now.
That’s not to say I’m not completely ignorant of what’s going on in the world. I’m simply more focused on what we can do to change and fix things rather than worry about what’s happening.
Not to mention, I’m a bit of a narcissist in the sense that I’m more focused on what’s happening around me rather than what’s happening to the world at large.
Even though I haven’t been expressively writing about that in my journal to this point, the words that I’m using and what I’m telling myself are a way for me to discover myself further. I can look beyond my own words and figure out my emotions and motivations and tie those back to legit reasons.
It means everything is flowing together for me unlike who I was before which was an emotional mess.
Journal 10 Minutes A Day
Every day I take about 10 minutes out of my day to write all of this stuff out. Sometimes it’s shorter, and a few times it was a bit longer. Whatever the case may be it’s helped me on so many levels.
I feel that journals can be liberating. They are a chance to reveal yourself truly. After all, you don’t need to publish that work.