If you've found your way to this website, you probably like to write from time to time. You probably already know how wonderful writing can be for you. Journaling is a great way to get thoughts out of your head, ease anxiety, and set clear goals. I have always loved journaling. Physically writing with a pen is an important part of good journaling; it makes everything feel more real.
The Brain Dump: The brain dump is a type of journaling when you just write each thing as it comes to your head. Don't worry if what you write doesn't make sense, just get it all out. After you get as many words out as you can, rest a minute before looking it over. You might see that some things jump out at you. This can help you set priorities, and find the root cause for your goals. Brain dump journals can also help process and remove from your head the things which make you anxious. Do this as often as you like; trying to get the words out of a pen forces them to stop swirling so much in your head.
Daily Summary: A daily summary is a very short recount of your day. This is also a good way to focus yourself. Try to fill 1/4 of a letter-size page once a day; no more, no less. It is a lot more difficult than it may first appear. Depending on your size of writing, you may find you can't fit it all, or fill it all. You may need to remember more things that happened in your day to fill it up. More interesting is when you need to cut back. You need to make sure you write only what is the most important or striking to you in a given day. This is the part that focuses you, and tells you what is actually most important to you.
Both of these journaling formats are very useful, and I use them both myself. What happens, when you write so many journals over so much time? Well, most often, you get a memoir. Our bookstore has several memoirs for you to choose from to see how others have harnessed the power of getting their lives into words on a page.
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