Do the words “travel journal” bring up images of grade school essays, “What I did on my summer vacation?” Are you a person who groans at the thought of keeping a trip journal, claiming that you are on vacation? Are you one who believes writing is an assignment rather than a pleasure? If so, perhaps it is time to look at writing with new eyes.
I have a friend who professionally writes, and she loves to write. She keeps a daily journal, taking it with her when she is on trips. As soon as the flight attendant gives permission to use the plane’s drop-down trays, she takes out her journal and begins capturing her her adventure.
By using the following four guidelines, you can ensure you are getting the most out of your journaling experience.
*Avoid the pitfall of writing for others
As a writer myself, I know all too well the tendency to write everything as if it were my next piece for publication. In journaling, it is best to express yourself freely, without the restriction of grammar rules, spelling, and all the other things that can cause distractions from the genuine purpose of the writing.
When we write for an audience or to silence the inner critic, we become less candid and our writing is not an authentic expression of our true self.
“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.” — Judy Collins
Several well-known authors recommend that you keep a journal in order to reconnect with yourself and to unload those thoughts which weigh heavily on your mind. Julia Cameron advises in “The Artist’s Way“ that you write something called “Morning Pages”, which are basically stream of consciousness writing done every morning, preferably by hand. She argues that keeping a journal will allow you to access your intuition and will help you to begin to trust your inner knowledge.
Recording and tracking your 100 Life Goals in a journal or diary is a powerful tool that can add to your personal and professional well being. Journaling goals is a great way to focus, clarify, and understand what your true intentions are, and how you are going to reach your goals.
In your journal you will record and track your Life Goals, 1 thru 100. (Or your 10 Life Goals, or 150, or 1,000, whatever number of goals you have now, remembering you can add to and delete from your list of Life Goals through the years.)
Everyone who has kept a personal journal knows that writing is a therapeutic process that helps integrate seemingly unconnected life events. Some believe the process works because the physical act of writing (using your hand-eye coordination) occupies your left brain, leaving your right brain free to access emotions, intuit connections, and create new insights.
How else can journaling help?