We’re past the starting line yet again; and we bet you want to record how this year shapes up your life. Step one: Invest in a personal journal. Step two: Write. Step three: Write daily. And you are well on your way towards a less stressed and more thoughtful you.
During my years growing up, my sister and I were given a personal diary each on the first day of the year. The simple, boring and plain looking diaries were a gift from Dad. Each year, we would make the same complaint: They are so dull to look at. And Dad would make the same suggestion: Fill them up with your moments from the year to make them interesting. And that’s how I got introduced to the habit of maintaining a personal diary. Today, in the loft of my home lies a pile of old diaries filled with memories and mistakes, successes and failures, cheers and collapses, relationships and realties and a lot more that made each year worthwhile. People write diaries for different reasons, yet, while a lot of people stick to resolutions, most give up on diary writing. So far in 2015, here are 15 reasons why recording your life in a diary is a good idea:
- A great stress buster: Writing is a better stress buster than eating desserts or exercising hard. Yes, it’s better to de-clutter your system through words, than saying a nasty word.
- Your bucket-list: Make a note of the wish list in the diary so that each time you open it, you are reminded to work toward fulfilling the items on that list.
- A personal feeling chart: When you write down how you feel each day, about a recent event, relationship or situation, you slowly discover what makes you happy and upset. Also, you learn to distinguish between petty and significant.
- The special days: Making a record of a special day, like a promotion at work or a surprise birthday party, is always a good idea.
- The non-special days: Recording normal days will give you a chance to see what’s special in the routine. Be it how much you love your morning cup of tea, driving to work, a long walk, or a cuddle with your dog at the end of the day.
- Think fame: What if you were to become famous and people wanted to know who you were and are? Prepare this record of your life for them. Think C.S. Lewis/Helen Keller…
- Be organized: Sorting out things in your head can be quite a pain. Writing it down makes the task easier. Record your inspirations, ideas and tasks.
- Relationship guru: Scribbling down the anger you feel after a fight and the love you experience after a special moment is what you write in here. When in doubt, refer to the latter to know how much you love your spouse, child, parent or sibling.
- Confessions: Sssh… diaries are a secret. Share your fears, guilt and secrets with it and be assured they are safe.
- Something to look forward to and look back on: Having someone (in this case a piece of paper) waiting for you to know how your day went, is a pleasant feeling. And so is the idea of flipping through to discover how far you have come in life, relationships, or work.
- Me-time: Diary writing can be your time to tune out from the world and spend a few moments with yourself sans the distractions of daily life.
- A dose of entertainment or reflection: This February you are learning to ice skate and nursing a sore arm, you knew it was a bad idea in the first place. See what you were doing last February? Learn to laugh at your mistakes and attempts and appreciate your success and efforts.
- Want to be a writer? This is going to be your perfect writing ground for 365 short stories. It will help you overcome the writer’s block and discover a new talent; say, poetry.
- A family and friends album: Your diary is not just a record of your life but the lives of people who are important to you. The first time your child sneezed to the first meal you cooked for your mom: it will remind you.
- Mirror, mirror… Lastly, this is going to be your chance to get to know yourself.