7 good reasons to keep a personal diary of your thoughts and experiences every day.
If I were to mention some of my favorite “Beghelli life changing” habits, keeping a personal journal would certainly be among them.
Establishing and maintaining the habit of writing and describing at the end of the day one’s experiences, the lessons learned, one’s thoughts and the results obtained is a key activity for those who pursue their personal growth. From writing, in fact, comes awareness, from awareness comes change and from change comes growth.
Not convinced yet? So here are 7 good reasons why you should keep a personal journal:
- To become an observer. Keeping a journal pushes you to look more closely at your experiences, but above all pushes you to observe the positive aspects, ie those elements from which to draw lessons. Not only that: the habit of writing a personal diary teaches you not to take anything for granted, observing your days with a new light.
- Not to lose any idea. Have you ever had a great idea and then forgot about it a few hours later. Thanks to your personal diary you will be able to keep track of anything that comes to mind: your diary is there to collect your ideas (no matter how strange they may be) without any judgments.
- To memorize your ideas. The simple act of writing is in itself one of the most effective memorization techniques available to us. Use your journal to record and store your notes.
- To give substance to your thoughts. Sometimes translating our thoughts into words may not be immediate. We need to rework our initial idea, giving it consistency. This simple exercise can be the needle of the scale that separates a passing idea from a realized dream.
- To develop your ideas. When you get an idea in your personal journal, come back to thinking actively about this idea. Magically from the initial idea dozens of other ideas gush out, until a simple intuition turns into a project.
- To learn the lesson. In a previous article I told you about 5 lessons that life taught me. Without a diary I could never have written that post, but more importantly, I would never have internalized those lessons. Life likes to face the same situations over and over again: why repeat the same mistakes?
- To track your progress. We have seen how personal analytics sites are tracing the new trend of personal growth, but the reality is that you don’t need the last Nike game to track your progress: your personal diary is enough. Furthermore, re-reading what goals you have achieved in the past allows you to face new challenges with a different perspective. Reader: ok, you’ve convinced me: I’ll start writing my personal diary! But, tell me a little bit: do you know any nice little program to do it ?!
You don’t need the latest NASA discovery to keep track of your everyday thoughts, but there are certainly some interesting programs to do it better: I chose Evernote for its practicality and for taking notes on my iPhone too, but they can also make a simple text editor or an elegant Moleskine for you!