Why I write a daily journal

I wrote about my morning routine recently. A few people spoke to me about my daily journal.

It’s something I started doing in December last year. I’d journaled on and off for several years, but without any real structure. Then I came across a post by Michael Hyatt, which inspired me to write daily and to use a structured template. I’ve continued to adapt the template over the past year, and I’m sure that process of iteration will continue.

Writing every day has been beneficial for me. Ever since I was a child I’ve loved writing, so deciding to keep a journal has allowed me to do something I love every day. Also, like so many people in this always-on, 24×7 world we now live in, I’m a busy guy. Writing helps me to make sense of it all. It’s a chance to sit back and reflect on the day before. That’s been hugely valuable.

There’s a section in my journal where I write about what I’m thankful for. I like taking time to think about this – it might be people in my life, things that have happened, or perhaps it’ll be the simple things in life that we take for granted. Food, shelter, love.

And every day I write about how I’m feeling. My journal challenges me to tune in to my emotions. To empathise with myself. Again, that’s helped me over the past year.

Journaling is a daily task that I look forward to. I brew myself some coffee, sit by the window, and take my time to write. It’s meditative, I’m fully present in the moment, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and what’s important to me.

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