Tip #28 – Take time at the end of your day for journaling
Taking some time at the end of your day to reflect on the day in a journal – celebrate your wins, process your losses, consider your feelings, express your gratitude – is a strategy to get some really awesome perspective on what is working or not working in your life….one day at a time. Getting this kind of closure on a day is a great way of setting yourself up for an even better day tomorrow.
This strategy is particularly effective for those who have brains who like to do all their deep thinking….and maybe worrying….at night. Yeah, I feel you. Maybe you said something to someone during the day that you wish you hadn’t. Maybe you are worried about how you are going to pay for that unexpected car repair. Maybe you have a boss you hate and are dreading going to work tomorrow. Sitting down to jot your feelings and maybe even brainstorm some plans to address your concerns BEFORE you lay your head on your pillow might just mean when you do your brain will cut you a break and let you rest.
When I was a teenager, I learned about the power of keeping a gratitude journal from my girl Oprah. She recommended (still does) to write down 5 things every night that you are grateful for. When you get in the habit of jotting down these 5 things, you start to LOOK FOR things in your day that you are grateful for. There are many studies that show that people who take time to reflect on the things they are grateful for live happier lives and are less depressed. Big impact from a small action, right?
“I live in the space of thankfulness — and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because — for sure — what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey