How journaling can help you focus
If you have ever had trouble with too much going on in your head that's it's hard to get anything done, this is for you. With our schedules growing busier by the minute, and our brains on overload,sometimes it can be hard to stay focused on what's important and what's in front of you. I've often found myself feeling like there is so much to do bad so many ideas swimming around in my head that I don't even know where to start. Or how to get past that feeling.
That's when I realized that I had the best tool right in front of me, and I'm sure you do too. It's as simple as pen and paper. I learned that writing things down can be therapeutic and one of the best ways to get focused again. Personally, I have always been a writer at heart, but this new approach to using a journal made such a huge impact on living more intentionally and I wanted to share it with you.
Get it all out
This "new approach" to journaling that I'm talking about is simply to write it all down. It is just about taking any journal or notebook or scrap of paper you have and getting it all out of your head. Sometimes it will make sense, and sometimes it will just be a jumbled mess of words. But at least it won't be weighing you down anymore. You won't be stuck thinking about all of those things you need to do and big ideas that you have, or be in fear that you'll forget something.
It creates a master list
Writing everything down at once will naturally create a master list of all the things you need to do, want to do, or are dreaming of in your mind. It gets everything out in one place so you can then step back and look at it all with fresh eyes and a clear mind. Once you have it all out in front of you, you can make shorter lists based on what's important right now. You can focus on the task at hand and forget the rest until it's time for it. That way you are not overwhelmed by everything else and have a clear mind to focus on one thing at a time.
Keeps you motivated
Another great benefit to writing everything down in a journal this way is that it will keep you motivated too. If you take some time to prioritize your list of stuff and make goals based on all these things that were previously swimming in your head, you will be more motivated to get it done. If you are stuck with everything in your head then you will probably have a harder time focusing on the task at hand and have a harder time getting things done.
Thoughts and feelings too
Not only does journaling help you focus on one thing at a time, but it is also a great way to write out your thoughts and feelings too. You may find that this helps you be overall happier because you are able to work through those things instead of keeping them inside. Working through it all and putting it into words can bring about more joy and more intention in your life. You may not even realize some of your feelings, dreams, and goals in life or business until you are writing it out. Realizing those things can give you a clearer direction to becoming more intentional.
How is this different from making a to-do list?
I know you're probably thinking you do this already when you write out your to do list every day. I do too. But this method of journaling is a little different. Im saying to do this before you even touch your to do list to get it all out of your head and on paper. Im saying this will help you find focus in all the things swimming around in your head and help you prioritize your to dos before even making your list. It will help you be more intentional with your time by clearing your head and giving you more focus.
By journaling even one day a week, you can create more intention in your life and business and focus on the important things first. If you've ever found yourself lost in too many thoughts and ideas, try journaling.
Do you use a journal to brain dump? What other ways do you use a journal?
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