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Journaling leads to smarter more resilient workers, students and individuals. Particularly the habit of reflective journaling can train our attention span and strengthen neural pathways. Journaling improves decision making and critical thinking, helps us examine past experiences, evaluate our thoughts, feelings and actions, and gain insights for future challenges.
Neurologist Judy Willis says it this way:
The practice of writing can enhance the brain’s intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information… it promotes the brain’s attentive focus … boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition.
AND... most studies recommend using a pen and paper for the fullest psychological and productive benefits. Do you know that writing things out by hand improves your memory, encourages you to think deeper and process your experiences.
There's no exact right or wrong way to journal, there's just the way you do it. Some bullet journal, others gratitude journal, do steam of consciousness morning pages or others smash bits and pieces of many styles together. Try it and let me know your experience and I'd love to hear your current journaling habits.
Oh... and when you write, use a lovely pen will ya!