10 reasons I have for writing a journal

Post written by Orsolya Hernold


All my posts are about inspiring you, my readers, to journal with a focus. I have shared my writing experiences with many examples from my life. I would like to devote this post to summarizing my benefits of journaling, my reasons for writing.

#1 My journal is my book about me, all of my self-knowledge captured.

#2 My journal is my tool for self-development: I can learn about myself through recording my experiences. I can replay happenings and am able to analyze them.

#3 I am building up my own history. My memories are vivid and rich.

#4 My journal provides a feedback loop in my learning. By rereading my words, I notice and next time change behaviors, thought patterns, emotional outbursts.

#5 My consciousness is more alive–I know I would like to write about events afterward, so I am more aware in observing myself.

#6 I am more able to deal with negative experiences. I do not stop at depicting the situation, I also write about lessons learned, understanding gained and plans to do otherwise in the future.

#7 I can see long term progress in my life rather than many individual moments of the past.

#8 My journals land a hand when being stuck in a mindset or a situation by refocusing my attention on something else. This is especially true when I tend to see only the short term phase of a long-term goal or commitment.

#9 I firmly believe that my own experience is my greatest teacher. But only if I work with these experiences (write them down), rethink them, and harvest my key learning points.

#10 I choose my focus for my journals, I give attention to that area of my life – doing so I am actively creating my life.


Maybe you’ve had some of the same experiences with journaling or maybe you are just thinking about starting to write. Either way, I would like to provide you with suggestions for the new year to write about. My next two posts will be about two powerful topics you can choose to try in 2016. Follow along!


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