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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, some use them for business purposes, in order to maintain a historical record for posterity. Below is a list of reasons why people may choose to maintain a diary.

1. 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 are incorrect, the results can be disastrous.

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2. 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.

3. 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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4. 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.

5. 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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6. 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, many others will use social media such as Facebook, while a number of people are switching to getting their own 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 on Youtube, and record themselves instead of writing it all down. Any voice, digital, or electronic recording can be maintained indefinitely and will remain accurate and true.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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