Posted on 17th Jun 2013 at 7:40 PM from Shoples HQ, Manchester
About four months ago I was thinking it would be an idea to keep a journal. However I was concerned that I wouldn't find the time to update it or that I would let it get out of date like I tend to do with my blog!
But I was reading a blog post by Jim Rohn about how useful a personal journal is to self development. He was saying just how important it is to be able to look back at choices and event and then see how they resulted some days, weeks or even months later.
The very next day I was in the local supermarket and spotted a nicely bound notebook at a very reasonable price. I really had no excuse to make to myself not to buy it and start my own journal...
So two and a half months ago I started my first ever journal. I didn't know if it would be useful but decided to try my best to make at least one daily entry until the book was full. I've pretty much managed to do this and have only got behind twice in the past two months.
It has certainly been useful. It gave an immediate benefit with reviewing what I had achieved over the last week and the very routine of putting my thoughts down on paper has forced me to put them into some form of order. The further I got into writing my journal the more useful it has become. I find that when I am struggling with something, looking back at past experiences helps resolve the matter.
In the future there will be a much larger wealth of information to draw on and the usefulness of this resource will be enhanced greatly.
If you are serious about self reflection and self development then I highly recommend getting yourself a nice book and starting to write your experiences in it.
Yesterday I needed to go shopping because I got to the end of my first journal volume and getting another blank book was essential. Volume 2 will be the first of many future volumes I suspect.