1- List making:
Lists help me organize my priorities. I first learned the value of making lists while in college. I mapped out all my assignments on a desk calendar so I could see what was due when breaking the assignments down into smaller To-do lists.
Here is my List of favorite lists:
Menu planning list
Story ideas list
Favorite Quotes list
Contacts list and tracker
The point is--make lists in your journal instead of on the scrap of paper that gets lost. Even if I didn't make an official post in my journal, my list showed what my day looked like.
2- I journaled the desires of my heart and how to make them come to pass.
3- When feeling particularly overwhelmed, I listed my trials on one side of the page and counted my blessings on the other side. I was surprised that my blessings outnumbered my trials.
4- Another very therapeutic benefit to journaling is writing a letter to someone who has passed on, someone you miss terribly, or someone you might not have had the chance to get to know.
I wrote a letter from my sweet baby granddaughter who passed away to her parents. It was a great healing tool for me. I could feel her influence as I wrote. She wasn't bitter or angry. She was grateful for the five months she did have.
I've written letters I never sent to authors or composers just to channel my feelings about the song that touched my heart. I've journaled their meaningful lyrics so that when I look back they can touch me again.
5- Journaling encouraging quotes remind me to see the bigger picture and put everything in perspective. Positive affirmations build my self esteem.
I feel that I'm just now reaching the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to journaling. There are so many undiscovered benefits yet to find. There were many child-raising years where I convinced myself I simply did not have the time, and I wonder at all of the benefits I could've had.
For members of the LDS faith, keeping journals is encouraged, along with keeping family records. I don't think journaling was meant to be that one-more-thing-to-do drudge. It was meant to bless our lives. You will only ever know the benefits when you try it.
How has keeping a journal blessed your life?