Journaling has been used since ancient times to capture thoughts, keep reminders, and record events. An early example is a journal maintained by Roman Emperor Marcus
Aurielius (161-180) who kept notes of his personal meditations. More recent journalizers include George Lucas, Nelson Mandela, and Ronald Reagan. Journaling is a low-cost method for preserving history, promoting productivity and improving health. Read on for tips about journaling and resources for starting a diary or journal.
Benefits. Journaling can be used to plan cases, keep time, record events, set reminders, and track well-being (e.g. diet, exercise, sleep, etc.). They can be kept on a daily, weekly or occasional basis. Other uses include blogging, log-keeping, and expressing emotions and gratitude.
Content. Journaling can be done as a diary or journal. Diaries are a chronological record of information like activities, appointments, events, and experiences. Journals are used for sketching designs and free flow writing of ideas.
Format. Journaling can be done with notebooks, planners,
Other Alternatives. Journals are not for everyone. Other alternatives include doodle books, lists, scrapbooks, voice memos, video journals, word processing, and writing an e-mail or letter to oneself.
Privacy. Remember that diaries and journals can be
Security. Consider locking and storing in a secure place if journaling in a diary or planner. Use a password and encryption when journaling with a digital device. Don’t leave it open when unattended.
Resources. Start by reviewing a list of famous diaries for inspiration and examples. Then read a “how-to” article at Harvard Business Review, LifeHacker or WikiHow. Focus on details by reading articles about alternatives, apps, benefits, confidentiality, discovery, format, logs, privacy, security, and therapy. For in-depth study, read ABA books about blogging, cybersecurity, Evernote OneNote, productivity, and well-being .
Conclusion. Keeping a diary or journal can help you organize information, record thoughts, and reduce anxiety. Start by selecting a notebook, planner, or device to keep your journal and then make a habit of writing in it. The benefits are well worth the modest time it takes to keep a journal.