I hear it all the time. The excuses of why you can’t journal and why you can’t write out a journal by hand. Everything from my handwriting is terrible, I don’t like to write, I don’t have a pen, it takes to long, I don’t know what to write…. blah,blah,blah.
I call bullshit. You’re just looking for any little piddly ass reason not to start.
It’s so easy! Grab your kid’s crayon and that envelope from yet another credit card offer and write. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be perfect. No one’s going to grade your penmanship or your sentence structure.
Why should you physically write versus typing?
- Writing by hand actively engages and stimulates the brain. This can boost creativity and provide stress relief. After I do a thought dump onto paper I feel lighter. Reading your own writing also provides a different perspective. Just because I think it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (Love me some Byron Katie )
- Forces the brain to slow down and engage with the information you are writing. By writing out my 24 hour plan for the day, I am more mindful of the decisions I’m making and am able to stick to the plan better because it’s on paper and not just stuck in my brain somewhere.
- Improves memory and recall. When I write out my power thoughts, it’s easier for me to draw on them when I’m feeling like an overeat.
Don’t know what to write? Anything. Write what happened to you today, write out a list of what you’re grateful for, or write what your goals are or what you want to accomplish for today. Beautiful thing about journaling is that you have complete freedom to write anything you want.
Until next time.