Happy belated New Year’s! I know I’ve been gone awhile (junior year’s a killer), but I’m hoping 2018 will give me more willpower and inspiration so I can get back to posting weekly! To start off today’s post, I’d like to advocate for something I’ve started doing this year that’s brought me so much fulfillment and inspiration already. It may sound simple, but I’ve compiled a little “2018 journal” in which I write one thought daily. It doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say this is definitely one resolution that I’ll be keeping up- and here’s why you should give it a try too.
First of all, writing a thought a day really gives you more insight into who you are as a person. I’ve written so many things that have surprised me, and there’s only been 13 days of the new year so far. Writing one thought a day has really helped me focus on tapping into my feelings and self-reflecting, in addition to helping me really see my viewpoints objectively. Being able to sit down and write one thing you’ve discovered from each day really makes you stop and think about what your day has taught you. You’ll be amazed at the fact that you really do learn something new every day. Additionally, it gives you a dedicated time to sit down and reflect upon your day, and what you’ve learned from it, which I’ve found to be super meditative in its own way.
Beyond the emotional benefits of this practice, keeping a journal to record one thought a day is especially helpful for writers. By writing down one observation each day, you’re able to access inspiration more easily, which can be really helpful if you feel that you’re stuck in a bit of a mental slump. Also worth mentioning is the fact that writing daily is a great way to exercise your “writing muscle,” which will make writing flow more easily when writing longer pieces. The act of writing daily, no matter how short that thing may be, keeps your mind sharp and in the right headspace to write. Additionally, keeping a daily thoughts journal keeps you observant the whole day, which is something that all writers should try to do. Lastly, the things you write in your journal are almost guaranteed to create inspiration for a new project. And if you’re ever stuck, you can always refer to your journal to gather interesting new concepts, themes, or lines for your work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reviewed my writing for the day and thought to myself, “Huh, that would make a really great line in a poem/book.”
Lastly, but certainly not least, writing something each day is fun. By the end of the year, you’ll have something tangible to look back on to see how much you’ve learned/grown in 2018. For those like myself who love keeping old memorabilia to look back on sentimentally in 5, 10, or even 20 years in the future, this is the perfect way to capture each year of your life. Also, if you’re as into stationary as I am (which, for those who don’t already know- is a lot), I find it so exciting to have an excuse to bust out my fancy pens, employ my best penmanship, and put one of the (many) empty notebooks sitting in my desk drawer to good use. So even if you’re not a writer, keeping one of these journals is just something enjoyable to end each day with.
Keeping a “thought a day” journal has become something I look forward to adding to every day, and really makes me feel like I’m getting something out of each and every day. It’s cheap, easy, and only takes up about a maximum of five minutes of your time. It’s a great way to do a little mini meditation session if you’re not into the whole sitting in silence for several minutes with your eyes closed kind of thing (which is still equally as great, by the way), and really helps you to slow down those hectic days with some much-needed reflection. With the fast paced nature of today’s society, it’s good to have something that helps you slow down for a moment. Not to mention that it keeps writers inspired and on their toes throughout the day, and is a fun step to add to your daily routine. I hope this post has inspired you to write down one thought each day! The year may’ve already started, but that doesn’t mean your journal can’t!
Thanks for reading! Are you going to start writing a thought a day? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out my Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to stay updated!