How the Use of A Journal Can Help Your Career

Writing in your journal can help you in your career. The benefits are endless, but one thing for sure, it can help you  chart your path to where you want to go in your career; assist with charting and tracking your goals, and act as a tool that provides you with openness to look inside of yourself.  Whatever your reason writing in your journal, its okay, as long as you are using your journal as a effective tool to keep you focused and on track with your career ambitions and aspirations.  Writing in your journal can also help you to reflect on your life, relieve stress and act as a form of expressing your feelings.  If you have not tried journal writing,  make it a goal for yourself starting in 2017.  No, I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions, but I believe in trying to make an honest effort to change the direction that your career is going and put it on a more productive track. Why not make a decision to try it for 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days. Whatever you choose is fine.  The greatest changes come when we take one-step at a time.  Thai Nguyen tells us that, “journaling often includes your dreams and ambitions, yet the idea that scribbled words can help achieve goals is understandably fanciful.  But consider building a house without a blueprint.  He further states, that writing goals signals to your brain “this is important.”  Your reticular activating system (RAS) then flags relevant opportunities and tools to achieve that goal.  More detailed goals provide a psychological blueprint, and increases the likelihood of achieving them.”

My feelings about writing in my journal, which for me, is a way of keeping in touch with me. It’s a space where I can see myself, the good, the bad, the ugly.  It connects me to me, and what better way to find ONESELF than through journaling or keeping a gratitude journal, expressing what you feel grateful for.  I can remember the time when I was a teenager, I would keep my little dark secrets in a little black book called a diary, which had a key and only I had a key to it. I would write in this diary and hope that my parents wouldn’t find.  I would write things in it that I didn’t want anyone to know about, but I don’t do that anymore, today its about writing in my  journal.

Let’s look at some ways that can help us maintain a steady flow of writing in our journal.

  1. Set a time of day to journal to write about how your day went. Write one positive thing that you experienced and how it made you feel.
  2. Write down something you want to accomplish, set a time to it, chart your progress until you accomplish it.
  3. Write down something that made you angry today and why you feel that it happened, who it happened with and what was the solution.
  4. Set a reminder on your cell phone to help you to remember your writing time.
  5. Get a journal partner, if you desire.

sam_9406Go ahead and spark your creativity, start a healing process, gain more confidence within yourself, boost your memory, tap into your emotional intelligence.  All of these things can bring positive outcomes to your career and personal life.  A few years ago, a Royal College of Psychiatrists study by Karen Baike and Kay Wilhelm demonstrated that writing about your deeper challenges can be good for you. Even outside of clinical settings, the study showed that writing about stressful events for 15-20 minutes for just a few days a week led to “significantly better physical and psychological outcomes compared with those who write about neutral topics.” Start putting your thoughts on paper. Your journal is your  map of your journey in your life! Embrace it!