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6 Solid Reasons Why You Should Keep A Diary

6 Solid Reasons Why You Should Keep A Diary

The art of journaling (otherwise known by teenagers as “keeping a diary”) isn’t something new. There are many who choose to create and use diaries for various reasons. People keep diaries because they feel that there is something important enough in their lives to keep track of. However, one’s definition may differ from another’s perspective. Although many diaries are for personal satisfaction, others use it for business purposes, in order to maintain a historical record for posterity. Below is a list of reasons that people may choose to maintain a diary, and why you should too.

To record and recall events and issues

This is probably the primary reason that diaries are kept. The diary can be a valuable tool to determine many things about past circumstances and events. You can look at recorded history as a conglomeration of diaries recorded by historians. Past records are all that we have to go on when we want to know history. If they incorrect the results can be disastrous.

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To honestly express your own thoughts and feelings

Many people are reflective and like to ponder past situations and events. Recording thoughts and feelings will help others to understand why you do what you do along with past experiences which may have been either pleasant or unpleasant.

To get therapeutic mental release

It often helps when we communicate our feelings and problems to others. A diary can offer an acceptable alternative to verbally venting your beliefs about people, places, or events which have happened in life. The act of writing is also therapeutic because penning problems on paper is an active practice. Whenever you write problems on paper or speak them aloud you are releasing frustration in a physical way.

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To have better self-reflection

This is akin to meditation. You reflect on past mistakes in order to avoid repeating them in the future. I have found this type of reflection to be helpful in my personal life. I often reflect on the mistakes that I have made when dealing with circumstances, situations, and people. Sometimes people see journaling as an honest written self assessment of situations which you may have been involved in, problems that you encountered, and the steps that you took to solve them. It is often used in the workplace so that the incoming replacement will have an excellent idea of what to expect during performance of the job.

To gain a new perspective

Reflecting on old problems, situations, and circumstances will often help us to understand the viewpoints of others, and provide insight and knowledge that we otherwise would not receive.

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To increase vocabulary and enhance writing skills

The only way to become more proficient at performing a task is by doing it. Practice makes perfect and keeping a diary will help you to hone your communication skills and writing proficiency. The more you write the better you become at writing.

How Diaries are Used

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    There are many different types of diaries along with methods of creating and maintaining them. Diaries can be used to record travel, recipes or foods, workouts, sleep, places, times and dates when fish are biting well, memoirs, prayers, and goals and achievements just to name a few.

    Workout and travel logs are two examples of keeping track of historical data for future use. This type of diary is normally very valuable when it comes to improving personal performance, identifying trends and circumstances which affect performance, and keeping track of scheduled maintenance.

    Modern Ways of Journaling

    Modern technology has expanded the number of diary keeping options. In the not too recent past, pen and paper were the only way to write a diary but technology has given us a plethora of tools. Some historians choose to maintain audio recordings of their activities, while many others will use social media such as facebook, while a number of people are switching to getting a full owned website. This has become easier and popular due to accessibility and many benefits of WordPress, Blogspot, or Tumblr. Other people purchase their own camera, build a channel in Youtube, and tape themselves instead of writing it down. Any voice, digital, or electronic recording can be maintained indefinitely and will remain accurate and true.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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