Journals are all the rage these
Don’t let it intimidate you. I, personally, don’t do any sort of formal journaling where I force myself to write out all of my innermost thoughts in an essay format. Instead, I have multiple journals that I use for different purposes. One tracks personal notes, thoughts, and ideas. And then I have a couple of others that each have specific purposes related to my various businesses. Many of my entries in these journals are just lists or random notes. But I am so much more productive now that I have started using journals to track my ideas and flesh them out.
If you are considering starting a journal, here are just some of the ways journaling can help you too.
You Unleash What is Holding You Back
One of the first things you might notice when you start journaling is that a lot of things
come up you haven’t thought about before, or at least not in a while. This is where that magical clarity and self-awareness comes in. These are two things that people discuss often in terms of how journaling has helped them.
The trick here is to be 100 percent honest when you journal. If you are concerned someone will find it and read your inner feelings, then keep it safe! Make your journal private. Don’t let anyone see what you write, and if you fear they might get curious, never write in it when other people are around. That way they have no idea you are using it.
By being honest with yourself, you tap into what has been holding you back and what you might be hiding even from yourself. This is what people are talking about when they say clarity. The mind and subconscious are powerful things, and often times you have thoughts and ideals far back in your subconscious that
You may have to dig really deep, but once you start journaling something magical happens. You not only understand yourself a little more, but you discover what was holding you back in a creative capacity.
When you get to know yourself more and who you really are, you discover your inner creative soul and are able to express that much more freely.
You Can Sketch in Your Journal
Aside from just writing in your journal, keep in mind that you can also use it for creating art. If you are an artist or want to be more artistic in your creative endeavors, use your journal! You can start creating different types of sketches on full pages of the journal, or just to describe what you are talking about.
Drawing in the journal provides additional advantages as well. When you are writing about something complicated, and find it easier to sketch your feelings instead of put them into words, journaling is great for that. You do not have to be an artist to doodle or sketch. After all, no one is going to see this but you!
It can also help you to explore different emotions through your sketches, by seeing what direction your art goes under different circumstances. You can also use different types of art medium and materials to express yourself even further.
Journaling Brings Ideas to Life
Another amazing benefit of journaling for your creativity is that your ideas often come to life. You can explore them, get them out on paper, and either write or sketch them out.
It is not uncommon for your brain to be filled with different ideas, but with no real way to express them, they either pile up, or you end up forgetting about many of them.
Don’t let this happen! Start using your journal to write down every single idea you have, creative or non-creative, and you will be surprised by how much you can actually flesh out these ideas. They soon become something and you are able to let your creative nature explore even more.
It Becomes a Part of Who You Are
Journaling and creativity truly go hand in hand, and they just become a part of you. You put your heart and soul into journaling in the same way you do any creative endeavor. You become someone that is more free with their feelings, isn’t afraid to hide emotions, and has found a new and healthy way to express themselves.
Clarity Often Precedes Creativity
As mentioned previously, journaling can bring you a lot of clarity. When you have more clarity and self-awareness, you know a lot more about yourself and what motivates you. This in turn can help to promote more creativity.
This process is gradual, so don’t expect a miraculous change overnight. However, the more you journal and really get to know yourself, the more you will see what motivates you to succeed, and where your inspirations for being more creative come from.
Maybe you understand when and why you like to write, and what you want to create with art or other creative aspirations. This can also help when you need to be more creative in your job, no matter what that job is. Or if you just want to boost your creativity in your everyday life.