Clear your mental clutter, get a journal

One of the best ways I know to clear my head of the mental clutter that often accumulates there, is to write a journal.

I love writing, to me, there is something really special about writing in a beautiful, journal or notebook, with a special pen. I have a stash of what I call my ‘special pens’, which I use regularly to write. Actually they really are nothing special except they are purple, and they write in purple ink. ( I am a purple girl from way back, long before it was fashionable to be a purple girl!)

All of my journals are written in purple ink, and for me that makes them unique and for me, more special.

What makes journal writing so special?

There are lots of reasons, here are six of my favourites.

  1. It clears my head, I tend to write as I am thinking and some days that is very mixed up and other days very clear. Getting it out of my head and down on paper is a wonderful way to create space for more new ideas.
  2. It is a wonderful record of my journey, my life. Reading some of my journals from years ago gives me a new perspective on where I have come from, what I have achieved, as well as the challenges I have faced and overcome.
  3. It is a great reminder of particular incidents I may have forgotten, that seemed very important at the time. Often gives me a different perspective.
  4. It is a  wonderful sounding board to record my frustrations and anguishes, and guess what?  just writing them down, helps clarify the real issues.
  5. It is a fantastic tool for expressing Gratitude, even if it feels at times  like there is little to be grateful for, just writing something down often gets me thinking of more that I can be truly grateful for.
  6. It is a fantastic way of documenting my goals and dreams, and my written steps to achieve them.

Is there a special way to write in a journal? a formula?

Personally – I don’t think so, the important part is for you to create a habit around it, so you write regularly, and that you make it a special activity just for you.

To help with this I suggest you buy a special journal or notebook to start with, but in reality a plain notebook will be just fine.

I  suggest you try challenging yourself with questions, to stimulate your thinking.

  • What have I learned here?
  • What could I have done differently or better
  • What did I do really well?
  • What is important right now?
  • What are my next steps

Ultimately it is your special book, and your special time, so Enjoy!

Update: Since I wrote this blog post back in 2013, so much has changed in my life, and that in itself is such a great reason to use a journal. 

Thing is, time passes, we move on , we change and grow, we often forget the details, that were so important to us at certain times… having a written record of our lives is a powerful way to remind ourselves of how much we have achieved and what has changed for us.

These days I often use an essential oil when I am journaling, to help me to focus and be present, My favourite is ‘Balance, DoTERRA’s grounding blend.

Julie x

 

8 Replies to “Clear your mental clutter, get a journal”

  1. Julie,

    I love this post. I’ve been writing in one off and on for most of my life, but there are huge periods where I don’t feel the need. I think my blog has now taken over a little from that, although nothing can replace the feel of beautiful paper and an equally gorgeous pen to write with.

    The best part about your post? I LOVE PURPLE TOO! I tend to use different coloured pens all the time. Blue for one of my employers because his branding is mainly blue and orange for the other for the same reason. Fuschia for my day to day business stuff so that it stands out from the others in my diary and purple – like you, purple is reserved for the special stuff that has extra meaning. Thanks for the reminder of the joy that writing brings.

    1. Ah Shan! isn’t it wonderful to find something joyful that is so easy and fun! I too have a large part of my life in my journals. Wonderful to look back on.! Fancy you and I have so much in common! that is amazing, thanks for your lovely comments. 😉

  2. I just started journaling again just a few months ago. I feel so much lighter, happier and content. I enjoy looking back at what I’ve wrote. I don’t realize how much I’ve grown sometimes until I read older entries. I think everyone should journal!

  3. I just started journaling again just a few months ago. I feel so much lighter, happier and content. I enjoy looking back at what I’ve wrote. I don’t realize how much I’ve grown sometimes until I read older entries. I think everyone should journal!

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