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JOURNAL-KEEPING

The exercise of writing down reflections about events experienced each day is an invaluable way to evaluate your performance...set higher standards of excellence...and find new ways to solve difficult problems.

WHAT A JOURNAL CAN DO

Many people resist keeping a journal because they think they aren't good enough writers... that someone will read their innermost thoughts...or that they have much more important things to do.

Instead of thinking of a journal as a diary - a book in which you merely relate the day's events - think of it as a container for self reflection, self-expression and self exploration. Retelling the day's events is less relevant than the act of expressing your thoughts.

POWERFUL BENEFITS OF KEEPING A JOURNAL

RULES OF JOURNALING

You can schedule 30 minutes with your journal at the same time each evening...or just pick up a pen when the mood strikes you.  Easy ways ways to get started...

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR JOURNAL

Each day of the month, use the corresponding topic as a springboard for your writing down your thoughts. This process will remind you to monitor regularly the important areas of your life.  Your journal will make you aware of how life and dreams change, how some remain the same, and, best of all, it teaches you how to think clearly about everything you do.

Kathleen Adams, The Center for Journal

 

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Last Updated: 4/29/10