Why Journal and How to Get Started
Writing things down in a journal helps you remember.
A better way to learn, process, and remember information is to learn half the time, and share half the time.
What Thomas Oppong suggests in his article “The 50/50 Rule (How to Retain And Remember 90% of Everything You Learn)” is learn for 50% of the time and explain what you learn for 50% of the time.
Journaling helps you remember.
Many original thinkers from our generation kept journals – Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and others.
According to research, learners retain approximately 90% of what they learn when they explain/teach the concept to someone else, or use it immediately.
Share what you have learnt with your parents as soon as you have read it. If you don’t have anyone to talk to about what have just read, then record it into your phone. The act of verbalising it is powerful.
It is also one of the reasons I like doing Facebook Lives. I will read something and then summarise it into digestible chunks. This way it not only shares something new with you, but also helps cement the new learning in my mind.
The same goes for writing something down. An effective way to learn – doing homework for example – is read a chapter or even half a chapter and then jot down in bullet points what you have learnt. Then continue reading and repeat.
Collecting your thoughts in a journal is a wonderful way to learn and have fun at the same time. It is a record of your thoughts. One you can later reflect upon.
Journaling can help you make progress with goals
Journals can give you a record of progress you have made towards a goal. You may have created a list of goals or ideas or tasks to keep you motivated toward achieving them.
This video shares my tip for getting things done when you do not have a lot of hours in the day.
“Journaling helps you prioritise, clarify thinking, and accomplish your most important tasks, over urgent busy work,” says Thomas Oppong.
For me I like to get ONE THING DONE a day.
When I focus on one goal, getting one thing done per day, it gives me a sense of achievement. If I add more than that I can feel overwhelmed. When overwhelmed I can get anxious and when anxious I can just STOP doing productive things.
4 Ways to Start a Journal and Stick With It
Reflection is an important part of the creative process – the process of original ideas that have value. Creativity is in the World Economic Forum’s top 3 skills required to thrive in the future. It is a skill that can be learned.
Journaling is not for everyone. Even if you start, you may find it difficult to continue. It is a habit that needs to be practiced if you are to have a collection of thoughts and ideas you can reflect upon and do something with. Here are 4 tips to get started and to make it easier to stick with it.
Set a time
One that taps into your natural Ultradian rhythms – those energy rhythms that happen more than once a day. Commit to doing it for 30 days. At the ned go back and review what you have done, then decide if it is something you want to continue doing.
You need to be willing to make time for it. It can be as little as a couple of minutes. If you can’t take a couple of minutes then you don’t have a life.
No pressure, just write
“Dance as if no-one is watching.” Do the same with your writing (cursive handwriting for better memory recall).
Have easy things to write down
The whole journal could be just for one thing eg. Ideas that solve a problem OR it could be a daily list of fun simple things like:
One thing I am grateful for, One decision I have made today, One thing I got done today, One person I would like to talk to today, A Song to play today, A Movie I would like to See, How much Water will/did I drink today, One thing I learnt today, How much did I read today, Something from nature – stick it in your journal, Draw Doodle Sketch (describe it if you like), Mind Map – pick a word and make a mind map and more…
Want the whole list – 20 Genius Journal Ideas?
“Writing in a journal each day, with a structured, strategic process allows you to direct your focus to what you did accomplish, what you’re grateful for, and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow,” says Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning.
It won’t necessarily make you more productive on its own, but when you reflect on what you have done, what you have learnt, then you have the capacity to make better decisions and take action under pressure in the future.
It is a wonderful way to develop and find your voice.
20 Genius Journal Ideas
ONE THING TO DO EACH DAY
Reflect on your progress over time