Using a journal every day has many wonderful benefits, and most people do not take advantage of this powerful habit. Perhaps you think of writing in a journal as something kids might do? Did you know that many top performance experts encourage their clients to write in a journal every day.
It can take some time to form the habit of writing consistently in a journal. But, once you do, journaling can quickly become one of your favorite parts of the day.
Let’s look at eight reasons why you should use a journal, and how it can benefit you.
1. It Lets You Plan the Day Ahead
Whether you consider yourself as an organized person or not, journaling first thing in the morning lets you plan the day in ahead of you. Your journal can include a list of things you need to do, or it can flow more like a story as you write out what your plan is for the day.
Writing down what you expect for the day can give you a sense of focus and motivation. You can also look back on past entries in your journals to see what you have accomplished and the journey that you have been through over a period of time.
2. It Reminds You of Your Goals
I have a list of my goals written at the back of my journal. This is the first thing that I read before I start journaling every morning. This is a great way to put me in the right frame of mind before I start writing. Write down your daily goals/tasks that you need to do that day that will help to bring you closer to achieving your list of goals. As you journal your daily experiences and achievements, including the ups and downs, you will eventually be reminded of how you growing and how your hard work is paying off to achieve your goals. Journaling acts as a powerful reminder to stay on course with your exciting goals.
3. It Reminds You to Be Grateful
It can be very easy to forget about the things in our lives that we should feel more grateful for. Journaling makes focusing on gratitude easier to remember. When you write about your experiences, they are bound to include the good things that happen to you, or the people that you are grateful to have in your life.
Journaling each day not only allows you to look back on what you are grateful for, but it serves as a reminder of everything you have and how lucky you are. When you are having a rough day or you feel like things might not be working out as they should, seeing the good things in your life and being grateful can make a big difference.
4. It Lets You Release Your Troubles
Think of a journal as a built-in therapist. It won’t talk back to you, but sometimes releasing your troubles down on paper is the best thing to do to start feeling better.
Keeping your emotions bottled up inside is never a good thing. But, far too often people feel as though they have no one to talk to, or that they are embarrassed to admit that they might be struggling in an area in their life.
A journal is a great way to release. Chances are, once you start writing, you will end up writing down more than you anticipated. Getting all of it out there in detail can help you to clear your head, calm down and work through whatever negative thoughts or troubles might be on your mind.
5. Journaling Keeps Track of Your Wins
Did you have a great day? Write it down. Did you get that promotion in work? Write it down. Did you get into a new relationship? Reach a fitness goal? Celebrate a milestone? Write all of your wins no matter what size down in your journal that happen in your life. The more detailed that you are, the easier it is to look back and see your “wins” throughout the year. Again, that can be a huge mood-booster and a source of motivation on a bad day.
6. It Kick Starts Your Brain
When you journal first thing in the morning, you are essentially telling your brain to wake up and get to work. Even writing down a few thoughts can help to wake up the brain and prepare it for the day ahead, so that you are not in a state of complete grogginess as you head off to work.
7. Journaling Records Your Thoughts and Ideas
Have you ever had a great idea, but couldn’t seem to remember it the next day? Journaling helps to prevent that. That is especially true if you choose to carry your journal with you wherever you go. When you have a thought or idea, you can pull out your journal and quickly write it down. At the end of each day you can review your journal and read all of your great ideas.
8. It Keeps You On Track With Goals
As mentioned above, a journal is great for reminding you of your goals. But, it is also great for keeping you on track and feel more grateful. A journal can also act as an accountability partner. You can look back at your entries and see how far you have come in working towards your goals.
If you see a pattern written in your journal that you don’t like, you can change it. A journal is essentially a road map of what you have been doing and what you need to keep doing in order to reach your goals.
Hopefully, this simple list has inspired you to go out and get a journal of your own. Everyone’s style is different, and there’s no particular “template” to follow. Write whatever you are inspired to write, and let your thoughts and feelings flow from your mind and heart down to your pen. If you make it a consistent habit, you will undoubtedly start to notice some of these amazing benefits above, and you will develop a real love of journaling each day.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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