Journaling as a Self Improvement Tool

Writing in a journal

Journaling – Writing down your thoughts, feelings, goals, aspirations on a daily basis is a dynamic tool for self-improvement. Journaling helps bring awareness, clarity, and discovery to your life and keeps a record of your progress. Actually, the progress you see when you reread your journals can be surprising even to you. You can also use journaling to vent powerful negative emotions. Never read them again, and enjoy the relief of release that the exercise gave you.

All you need to get started are pen and paper or a computer with some type of word processing. You need an open mind, an open heart and a willingness to be honest with yourself. Sometimes that is not as easy as it sounds. There are a number of books and websites that can help you do this or you can take a class in journaling at your local community college or from a person who freelances teaching journaling classes. You don’t have to get fancy here. You don’t need to worry about spelling, grammar or punctuation–you just need to write about what you think, feel, want, etc.

Many think that writing in your journal with pen or pencil serves you better because it enlists more involvement on your part than simply typing on a keyboard. However, if you need help or prefer to use the computer the following sites might help:

Splinterware – Free software for keeping a daily diary

A Course in Journaling – The Center for Journal Therapy