Keeping a Journal Can Be A Great Professional Development Exercise

July 18, 2012  |  

Remember when you used to keep a diary as a child? You wrote down your worst fears, your happiest moments, and about all the boys you had a crush on in your class. Looking through those memories every now and then may trigger a smile. It helps you remember the dreams you had and how far you’ve come.

Journaling as an adult can be just as helpful, if not more so. Forbes reports that keeping a journal can be a great and unexpected way to help you work through issues and the most affordable professional development tool you can use. Here are three of the valuable ways a journal can assist your career:

Journaling can help you keep track of good ideas. With your pen and journal by your side, you can always keep track of the thoughts that come to you, whether it’s between the 9-to-5 work block or after hours. Writing down thoughts can also trigger new and better ideas that may become invaluable to you.

Journaling allows you to vent in a safe and private space. We all have emotions and feelings that need to be expressed, and telling them to another person may not be the best idea. Writing them down is a good way to get the negative thoughts and energy out of your head. You’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief and take an objective look at whatever is bothering you once you’ve cooled down.

And journaling helps you envision the future. According to Forbes, Sonja Lyubomirsky, a researcher and professor of psychology, says that spending 20 minutes each day to write down a narrative of your “best possible future self,” is a great way to stay optimistic and happy.

Are you keeping a journal? What do you get out of it?

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