Three Ways Journals Help You Achieve Your goals

Journaling is a fun way to stay organized, come up with new ideas, and express yourself. Journals can be small and simple or big and exaggerated. Your journal can be whatever you want it to be, and for any purpose you desire. This can include finances, food, dreams, travel, art, workouts, career goals, and poetry. Here are three great ways journals help you achieve your goals.  

1. Staying Organized

Staying on top of your “A” game is an essential part of reaching your goals. To reach the top, you need to be organized. Journals are a great way to accomplish this! Try writing down everything you need to do for the week, such as your meal plan, do to lists, work schedule, workout routine, future goals, anything you need to stay on top of. Referencing your points of interest on paper will help you form a mental picture of reaching your goals. Writing is also a useful rehearsal tool and will help you remember everything you need and want to do. You can physically cross things off your list as you go, which feels like a little victory each time! 

Tip: Bullet journals are a method of personal organization that can combine all your needs into one. They structure journals in a fun and unique way. This often includes various layouts of boxes, calendars, writing areas, bullet points, stamps, stickers, and small art. They can come pre-made, or you can create your own. Give it a try! You will find yourself accomplishing your goals before you know it. Making your own bullet journal is relaxing; try looking up some tutorials. 

2. New Ideas

Start writing and let your ideas flow! Be creative and jot down anything that comes to mind. You can structure your ideas once you have them all down on paper. This will help you come up with and process new ideas. After you sleep on it, review what you have written and make any necessary changes. Thoughts can be fleeting; if you keep a pocket-sized journal with you, write down your ideas on the go. Inspiration can be found in strange places, so a pocket journal is handy for this as well. Use your journal to brainstorm before you start work, and at the end of the day, write down any final reflections. Journals help you reach your goals by encouraging you to be thoughtful, reflective, and prompt inspiration.

2. Express Yourself

Journals are a mental health and self-care tool. Write down your deepest thoughts safely and securely. Try keeping a private journal just for you. Mental clarity will help you focus on your goals and aspirations. Use your journal to express yourself; however, you see fit. If you struggle with depression or anxiety, writing about stressful events can help you manage them healthily and positively. It is a way to get negative thoughts off your shoulders. You can come back and reflect on your feelings and thoughts and see how far you have come over time. Mental health is a huge aspect of reaching your goals. If you are doing well mentally, you have more emotional space to throw yourself into accomplishing your goals.

Next time you use a journal, try incorporating colored pens, stickers, post-it notes, tabs, daily reminders, clip art, or keep it plain and simple. Pick a journal that reflects your daily, weekly, and monthly needs. Journals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so there is something for everyone. They are a fun way to stay organized, come up with new ideas, and express yourself. 

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