Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever.
Many people are often interested in learning how to journal, but they’re unsure how keeping a journal can help them with their goals.
This online journal of our journey into minimalism was not intentional. Originally, the Becoming Minimalist website began as simply a humble means to inform our extended family of our goals. But somewhere along the way, it became an important piece in helping us achieve them.
Since then, I have used the discipline of keeping a journal to assist me in the pursuit of other life goals as well. And I have come to clearly recognize and appreciate its importance.
Benefits of Keeping a Journal
Keeping a journal requires us to write out our goals. A journal serves as a permanent record of our progress.
Writing requires us to think through the why’s and the how’s.
A journal proves we have solved problems in the past.
Keeping a journal naturally reminds us to articulate the next steps.
Writing reminds us to think beyond the obvious.
Even a private journal provides accountability.
A written account allows our story to inspire others.