I carry a journal with me everywhere I go. I often write to it when I’m enjoying a coffee or something stronger whilst watching the world go by. Occasionally I’ll jot down notes as I’m working. I’ll even write to it if I’m sat stationary in a traffic queue.
The great thing about writing as opposed to typing is that it encourages some thought as to what is being written. I tend to find that I am far more succinct with a pen and paper and less wasteful with the words.
As I’m writing I’ll let the words run through my mind a few times. If a particular passage sticks I’ll underline it. This helps me to pick out specific words when I’m able to get to a keyboard. More often than not those underlined words are a good starting point for a blog article.
Journalling is quite different (for me at least) to keeping a diary. A diary is a useful way of recording the things that you’ve done or achieved. Journalling allows me to to write more about my mood or my feelings on a particular subject.
On any given day I can run the gamut of emotions. It doesn’t take much to flick any of those emotional switches when I’m working. So it’s pretty comforting to know that at some point I can make sense of it with the written word.
I often like to think of it as a means to re-evaluating the day’s feelings; the strong ones. Re-quantifying those emotional scores that stack up throughout the day, if you like.
There’s many times I’ve considered an experience to be right down there in the 1’s and 2’s out of 5 but with a little thought and expression, well, they really weren’t so bad afterall. Trivial things.
And that’s really my point here. Where I would ordinarily have allowed ill feelings and negativity bog me down to the point where my ‘relaxation’ time becomes impossible, I now work through them with words.
In many respects this has lifted unnecessary burdens and freed up my mind to allow me to relax.