Often when we want to remember something we jot down a quick note in our smartphones or send an email to ourselves. But what fun is that to read later? I started writing in a journal a few years ago, and I’m so glad I did. If you need a reason to keep a personal journal, I’ve got three:
1. Express emotions
You’d be surprised how therapeutic hand-writing your thoughts and feelings can be. Putting pen to paper can help a foggy issue become clear, or give you closure on something that you may be going through in your life, whether it’s a breakup or a problem at work.
2. Capture memories
I used my journal to recount fun nights with friends or thoughts I had that I had completely forgotten about. Being able to go back and read through numerous memories and events is priceless – the journal serves as a record of my life. It’s fun to be able to relive those moments by reading them.
3. Record ideas
Whether it’s a great idea for a blog you want to write about, a quote to put in next year’s holiday cards or a recipe that you would like to try out, a personal journal is the perfect place for you to jot down any ideas that you have. Keep your journal in a purse or a bag so that if you’re commuting to work or having lunch and a brilliant idea comes to you, you can write it down.