Why is keeping a journal important? For starters, it’s not always easy to remember what you thought about something in the past, and even harder to remember how you felt. By writing about it, you can review those moments in your life and see how a situation unfolded. You’ll realize past situations weren’t nearly as bad as they seemed, which helps to keep things in perspective. Keeping a journal is also an excellent tool for problem solving – it allows you to consult yourself on your past decisions and review the outcomes from those decisions. Above all else, the most important reason for documenting your experiences is to provide you with a record of how you have (hopefully) grown as a person.
The key is writing consistently. I’ve always been off and on with keeping up with a journal. I’d write in it when I felt it necessary, and before I had realized it, weeks had passed and I hadn’t so much as thought about the journal. Simply dedicate ten minutes before going to sleep to write an entry, and you’ll have a record for that day. I keep mine on my nightstand, along with a pen and a stack of post-it notes for quick ideas.
It’s important to actually write down your thoughts, not type them; your thoughts are conveyed more accurately when written. You can pick up a journal for around $5 at any book store.
Keeping a journal is one of those simple things that takes very little time and results in something invaluable. Forget the idea that this is a diary in which you’ll want to store all your most private information. View this, rather, as a way to chronicle the notable events of your life; when you look back on it in a few years, you’ll be thankful you did.