5 IMPORTANT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A JOURNAL

5 IMPORTANT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A JOURNAL

It’s been one month since I last made an entry in my journal! My bad. Why do I keep a journal when I’m not even consistent in making entries?

As you may have already noticed, I’m seriously battling with this consistency thing, even writing prompts don’t seem to work because I don’t write when I’m not in the mood and when I’m not in the mood, the creative juices don’t flow.

So while I was making an entry recently, a question just crossed my mind “what if someone gains access to this journal?!” Well that means all my secrets would be out in a split second and what if I had entered something about the person who gained access to my journal? Gbege! Yawa will burst oo lol! So that brings me to the main question. Is it necessary to make entries about your personal life? And I mean the totality of it? Like what went on each day, your thoughts, everything. You know, I’m just wondering.
When I was much younger, my siblings gained access to my note pad, I had scribbled lots of my thoughts and stuff going on around me in it, it wasn’t funny at all, it eventually turned into black mail lol! They would want me to add an extra piece of meat to their food and grant them unmerited favour, kilode?! Is it a bad thing to scribble your thoughts? I should have just kept them in my head but then I would have forgotten all about it quickly, I can’t even remember most things I had written down a long time ago. It’s just so impossible.

Why then is it so important to keep a journal?

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To understand ourselves better

Everyday passes by so quickly leaving us with little or no memories to even prove they existed. Writing a journal about our lives’ struggles, challenges, wins and achievements can help give a clearer understanding of our past, present and future.

To stay organized

Writing a journal helps to organize our thoughts, ideas and goals better. Let’s say you have these really great ideas or dreams, it’s all in your head, I assure you that soon you’ll forget all about them, your brain isn’t wired to retain every thought every single time. Write them down, your brain will thank you. This is a very important tip for content creators, I know you all can attest to this; when you have a great idea and you don’t write it down immediately, chances are you’ll forget it before you know it.

Clarify your thoughts when you’re upset

This tip works like magic. When I’m extremely upset, I pick up a pen and a paper and just start writing until I no longer have something to write. When I do that, I transfer all my anger to that paper and in turn clear my head.

Self analysis

Keeping a journal helps us achieve our goals faster, it’s easier to achieve our goals when they’re written down. It also helps us to access how well we’re walking toward our goals.

Create memories

Wouldn’t you love to know what you did on a particular day 10, 20 or 50 years from now? The older we get, it becomes more difficult to remember what we did years ago. I do think I’ll love to look back at those beautiful memories and be thankful about the kind of life I’ve lived.

I think the pros of keeping a journal outweighs the con’s. If there are any awkward moments, it may be just once or twice or it may just never happen.
Now that you know the pros of keeping a journal, would you keep one? And if you’ve been keeping a journal, have you had any awkward journal moment?
Let’s chat in the comment section.

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17 Comments

  1. 5th June 2018 / 11:44 am

    I have like three different journals that serve different purposes. The pros definitely outweigh the cons

    • Vanessa
      Author
      5th June 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Nice tip, having different journals with each serving a specific purpose helps reduce clutter. Thank you Tobi.

  2. 5th June 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Some 10 years back, i was super consistent with keeping a journal. Later on, I stopped. Aside the fact that it was a bit of too much work writing about everything that happened to me daily, it always make me upset when I read back on some things someone has done to me.

    Looking back now, I wished I had remain consistent because I can’t remember so many things again and it’s so sad I have no record of them. the most annoying part is that I scribble everywhere now. As long as i have a piece of writing material with me, I’m off writing about it and I would always include the day.

    I intend to transfer all these to one book in future, lols. But keeping a journal is actually a good thing especially for a creative person.

    • Vanessa
      Author
      5th June 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Scribbling everywhere : problems of a creative person, lol! When I can’t find a pen, I use my sound recorder. One day someone caught me talking to my self and he was like ” hey this’s getting out of hand, come let me check your temperature” ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜
      The beauty of keeping a journal is that it reminds one of both the sad and happy moments.

  3. 5th June 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Having a journal has been a great way for to keep track of my growth. whenever I can see how much I have changed and sometimes not at all. other times it brings back memories that I have forgotten and I just burst out laughing. it serves as a reminder of a good time, bad, mistakes, laughs and everything else in between. I have separate ones I’m going to have to put them in one book sometime. I love it though.

    • Vanessa
      Author
      5th June 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Those memories are to live for!
      Thank you for stopping by Jane.

  4. 6th June 2018 / 6:11 am

    My grandmother read my journal when I was little and itโ€™s put me off of it ever since. I should write more of my thoughts and feelings down because it takes me much longer to improve myself when I donโ€™t.

    • Vanessa
      Author
      6th June 2018 / 7:06 am

      Awwn, so sorry about that. If you feel like you should write more often, then by all means please do. Hopefully, your experience would be much better this time.
      Thanks for visiting my blog Abina, can’t wait to have you again. ๐Ÿ’–

  5. 6th June 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I have always been a journal collector.. I pick really cute notepads and write different thoughts in different journals. I’ll write the lyrics to my favourite songs, create a picture book of my favourite musicians, messages for cute notes…i had a diary too… All this was in secondary school but I was discouraged when someone broke into my school locker, read my diary and tore out the page where I wrote down names of those owing me money.. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

    I feel like I know who did it as the person is in my school whatsapp group but that’s by the way๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    I stopped writing very personal things after that experience and just stuck with writing only creative stuff.

    Journaling helps me stay organised, it’s lovely to look at the things you wrote down years ago and I think I just enjoy the alone time I have with my journal.

  6. Vanessa
    Author
    6th June 2018 / 5:57 pm

    The part where someone tore the page where you wrote down the names of those owing you money got me laughing ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ How can someone be so mischievous?!
    It’s a good thing you didn’t stop writing completely. Thanks for reading Phaytea ๐Ÿ’–

  7. 7th June 2018 / 3:06 am

    Growing up I kept a diary I wrote real personal stuff in. And my sister did too. And I had access to her diary and Iโ€™d read the contents when I get bored ๐Ÿ˜’

    Then I realized sheโ€™d possibly do same to mine too. We really didnโ€™t have places to hide stuff. So I started being careful with what I wrote. Safe things Incase someone happened to get hold of it.

    Then I stopped โ€˜diaryingโ€™ altogether because the censoring got to me.

    Idle head

    • Vanessa
      Author
      7th June 2018 / 8:24 am

      Lol! I can imagine. My siblings would search my stuff just to find something they’d use to blackmail me. Strict senior sister problems ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜

  8. 8th June 2018 / 6:21 am

    I used to have a diary growing up which I called my ‘books of secret’ and I tried to write in it daily but somewhere along the line, I stopped. At the beginning of this year, I got journals because I have a friend who encouraged me to write down my thoughts and ideas but still I am not consistent with writing them down because I will rather type my thoughts into my phone memo/notes. Maybe reading this posts will make me give keeping a journal another try.

    • 8th June 2018 / 6:22 am

      *’book of secrets’

    • Vanessa
      Author
      8th June 2018 / 8:11 am

      What’s important is that you put them down, you can always go back to them later when you feel like reading through them. Thanks for reading Funke.

  9. 11th June 2018 / 6:52 am

    I sure love journals, it’s a wonderful way to just freely pour out what is on your mind. I fear the possibility of someone else finding it at the wrong time though. If I’m dead, sure, but while I’m alive no. I really feel sad that I don’t journal consistently. I wish I could just come home at the end of the day and take 30 minutes – 1 hour to write down all i’m feeling. I write a lot, so I could end up using 4 or more pages to talk about just one day lol! I have missed so many days, and It’s hard to keep track of what is going on when you only have tid-bits to remember. I need to journal more!

    http://mindofamaka.com

    • Vanessa
      Author
      14th June 2018 / 10:40 pm

      I can’t agree less with you, writing is therapeutic for me.
      You write so well Amaka, please do write more.

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