Why Is Journaling Important?

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I have just completed my quarter 3 reflection ritual and yes it is a journaling process. I have used this process for a while now, however only started sharing it with people this year as part of the end-of-year ritual. Whilst doing the journaling, I developed further insights in to my actions and habits and where I am in my life at the present time.

For me, this is enough reason to keep this ritual going, however it got me thinking – what if you were new to the idea of journaling, why is it important? Or if you have let the habit of journaling go for a while, why would you want to start it again? Subsequently, I wanted to share some of the reasons why journaling is important to me.

What is Journaling?

Journaling is a tool for self-reflection and a skill of self-awareness. Basically, journaling is writing down your thoughts and feelings about your life experiences in a journal or diary. To journal is to keep –

  • “A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.” ~ The Free Dictionary
  • “a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use” ~ Merriam-Webster, and
  • “to write self-examining or reflective journal entries” ~ Dictionary.com

As you can see by the above definitions of journaling, it is about looking within. So, now we are on the same page about journaling, let’s have a look at why it is important to journal and living whole-heartedly!

9 Reasons Why Journaling Is Important

For me, journaling has been an essential skill for me over the years. I journaled as a young person (from tennis results to challenges I was having to my dreams) and then started up the habit a while back now. So today I wanted to share with you some of the reasons why journaling is important to me. Following are nine reasons why I journaling is important to me.

1. To Develop Self-Awareness

“The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal.” ~ Robin Sharma and “Journal writing gives us insights into who we are, who we were, and who we can become.” ~ Sandra Marinella

For me, this is one of the clearest reasons why it is important for me to invest time to journal. Subsequently – am not sure if I need to add any more 🙂

2. To Pay Attention to What is Going on Within Me

“Journaling is paying attention to the inside for the purpose of living well from the inside out.” ~ Lee Wise and “When I look back on my personal story through my journals, it struck me my words had an unmatched power to heal me. To change me.” ~ Sandra Marinella

I don’t know about you, however sometimes I have struggled to share what is going on within me, as I wasn’t really sure. Writing a journal has really helped me to start to notice what was going on and pay greater attention to what I needed.

3. To Focus

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” ~ Hal Elrod and “Who we are and where we want to go determines what we do now and what we accomplish over time.” ~ Jimmy Tomczak

I don’t know about you, however sometimes life gets overwhelming and I don’t know what to do first. Journaling centres me, grounds me and helps me to focus on what my next step is.

4. To Just Be Me

“I don’t journal to ‘be productive.’ I don’t do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found.” ~ Tim Ferriss and “Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.” ~ Carolyn V. Hamilton

Yep, agree. Not sure anything else needs to be said 🙂

5. To Think Things Through

“For me, writing is a way of thinking. I write in a journal a lot. I’m a very impatient person, so writing and meditation allow me to slow down and watch my mind; they are containers that keep me in place, hold me still.” ~ Ruth Ozeki and “The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.” ~ Virginia Woolf

Journaling helps me to untangle from overthinking and gets my thoughts on paper. This helps me to seperate from them and then decide what step to take next (if any, as sometimes the writing is enough).

6. To Transform Limiting Beliefs

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” ~ Jen Williamson “and What you believe you deserve is what you get in life. Change your beliefs and your life transforms.” ~ Jaclyn Nicole Johnston

By being with my own thoughts and experiences that are happening now, I can start to see what needs attention, so I can transform the limiting beliefs and continue to expand and create.

7. To Listen to Myself

“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” ~ Mina Murray and “Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.” ~ Pat Conroy

Yes, this is a little different from number 1, however they are intertwined.

8. To Connect With My Heart

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth and “I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” ~ Anne Frank

I don’t know about you, however staying connected to my courage and heart is essential in my world.

9. To Put Down the Burden

“What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.” ~ Anne Lister and “This pouring thoughts out on paper has relieved me. I feel better and full of confidence and resolution.” ~ Diet Eman

Journaling for me helps me to put down the burden that I carry and feel comfortable in my own little world.

Over to You…

I hope this post has helped you to see why journaling is important! Are there any other reasons you would add? If so, feel free to share them below 🙂

Want to start journaling? Click here to see the variety of journals I have written and of course you are welcome to join the Mindful Hearts Growth Haven, where we journal online twice a month. Click here to find out more.

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28 Comments

  1. James Vasbinder on 18th February 2024 at 10:19 am

    Yes, this article has allowed me a deeper insight into writing a journal that will allow me to dig deeper into who I am as a person.

    • Jane Taylor on 18th February 2024 at 7:10 pm

      Glad to hear you found it useful James.

      • nicole bell on 28th April 2024 at 2:34 pm

        taking a look at accountability is what i get out of journaling

        • Jane Taylor on 28th April 2024 at 7:25 pm

          Thanks for sharing Nicole – yes accountability – love it!

  2. Teshinia Simpson on 4th March 2024 at 9:02 am

    Journaling helps me to look back on my life and things that may be pent up and to help me release the stresses of life, and things that I may have held on to.

    • Jane Taylor on 8th March 2024 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing Teshinia – appreciate it.

  3. Shaun Britt on 9th March 2024 at 2:08 am

    This was very useful in my education.

    Thanks,
    Shaun Britt

    • Jane Taylor on 9th March 2024 at 11:02 pm

      Glad you found it useful Shaun!

  4. sean cullison on 26th March 2024 at 11:04 am

    This article has opened not only my eyes but also my mind i never looked at journaling in such a way i always just thought it was just some weird book that people wrote in to talk about others and whatever else they couldn’t or didn’t want to say aloud.

    thank you for sharing was a interesting read

    • Jane Taylor on 3rd April 2024 at 2:02 pm

      Glad it was helpful Sean.

  5. Slade Thorne on 1st April 2024 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Jane,

    My name is Slade and I agree with writing in a journal, I have a small journal that I write in every few nights it helps me to unwind from stressful days or just as well it helps me keep my prayer lists together. I read one time that we should pray for people right then but prayer has never been my strong suit. I can have a great prayer here and there but a strength I do have is to keep up with them in a journal, that way when one is answered i get to look back and remember that I was praying for that persons healing or for them to get a new position at work. Plus, as a follower of Jesus there is always scripture at the bottom of the page, and it always fills my soul with personal healing.

    Thank you for this article,
    Slade A. Thorne

    • Jane Taylor on 3rd April 2024 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing Slade, nice to hear that journaling is useful for you also.

  6. shaylee cheyenne waid on 2nd April 2024 at 10:24 pm

    Maybe it will actually be able to help me dig deeper into the person I am.

    • Jane Taylor on 3rd April 2024 at 1:58 pm

      And maybe what Shaylee

  7. Destiny Johnson on 8th April 2024 at 7:05 am

    I love to journal but never delved deep into the why. I used it to empty myself out, talk to the Lord, ask questions, yet would never return to those pages. After reading this article, I am excited to return to the pages to see how much I have grown as well as to purposely write new ones. Thank you. This was a breath of fresh air.

    • Jane Taylor on 9th April 2024 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing Destiny – yes sometimes I find myself just writing away and other times I re-read what I have written – it really depends. Take good care 🙂

  8. Denise on 8th April 2024 at 11:42 am

    Hi. My name is Denise. I love your article and the quotes you shared. I’d like to share that I began my journaling journey 12 years ago. My sister’s friend, who I did not know at the time, randomly came to me and told me “I felt in my heart to give you this journal” On the cover of the journal it said “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11. At first, I thought it was so weird because I did not know her and as I can remember, she gifted a stranger a gift. But I embraced it. It was the beginning of letting go of many things that I did not know I was holding on to. It was definitely a God- given tool. However, just a few months ago, I stopped journaling because I shared with someone that I kept 12 years of journaling and in my observation, I noticed a pattern that needed to be broken. As I shared, the person scoffed and made a remark that put me at halt. And I kind of stopped until today. This article brought me to realization that journaling is not about other people but about me. Whether people believe in it or not… I write for me, for my sanity, for my healing and for my freedom. Again, Thank you for your article. It took me back to my passion.

    • Jane Taylor on 9th April 2024 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you Denise for sharing this with me and so lovely you reconnected with journaling again.

  9. Phillip Duncan on 2nd May 2024 at 3:34 pm

    i am not too good at journaling but maybe its because i don’t try to do it enough. Recently i have notice that once i start to journal it is getting easier my thoughts just start flowing and next thing you know i have written quite a bit and i feel a sense of relief thank you for article

    • Jane Taylor on 2nd May 2024 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing Phillip!

  10. Gina Bryant on 5th May 2024 at 3:44 am

    I enjoy journaling because it helps me with my thoughts and it also gets me out of my head.

    • Jane Taylor on 6th May 2024 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing Gina – I agree with you!

  11. TAMBA BAYON on 6th May 2024 at 9:58 am

    Journaling is relevant to our daily activities.. Especially me. Because, it remind and direct me of my day and night routine prayers, insights and work as well. It keeps me in schedule with my Christ-Life activity over the past years. Experiences in the past and present.

    • Jane Taylor on 6th May 2024 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing words Tamba – appreciate it.

      • Allie Russell on 8th May 2024 at 2:13 am

        Journaling is absolutely important. I use it as a coping skill,as a relaxation technique, and sometimes to help me fall asleep. My favorite kind of journaling is is guided journaling, I enjoy the structure of organized questions that pick apart my brain in a creative way.

        • Jane Taylor on 9th May 2024 at 8:38 pm

          Thanks for sharing Allie – lovely to hear how it helps you.

  12. Vivian on 13th May 2024 at 11:01 am

    Journaling is a good thing to do since its helps to organize activities but for some reason, i am not consistent with it. I am going to start journaling again and try my best to be consistent with it in order to enjoy the benefits.

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