I’ve been writing for some kind of publication for 24 years. I write 8 hours a day professionally and about 1 or 2 hours for pleasure. But I know that if I could squeeze in another hour, I’d be a little better. Journaling is a small part of that 1 or 2 hours of writing for pleasure.
I can’t say what it’ll do for you, but, for me, journaling:
- Clears my head of the dozens of unresolved ideas that have gathered throughout the day, which gets me to sleep faster.
- Allows me to ask myself questions, which usually resolves big issues, without needing to hire a consultant or search for an expert (which is what “busy” professionals do today instead of just focusing on a problem that may be slightly painful).
- Gives me an excuse to write out everything I’m grateful for happening on that day. This is biggie - gratitude is the most effective solution I’ve found to combat negativity, fear and anxiety. There’s always something to be grateful for during the course of a day.
Above all, the most important reason to journal can be summed up by Socrates:
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”