Did you know that journaling can change your life and improve your language skills?

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What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill have in common? They all kept journals! Many great scientists, writers, inventors and innovators practiced journal writing. It is an effective tool to boost creativity and improve critical thinking. It helps in decision-making too.

What is journaling?

Journaling is writing down your thoughts regularly. Some write on a notebook. Others use their computer. Journaling is a habit that can improve your skills and help you live better.

Why journaling is good for you?

  1. Improves your language skills – You practice using new vocabulary when you write on a journal. You also remember grammar rules you’ve learned. The more you write, the better you’ll be at expressing yourself in English.
  2. Clears your mind – Journaling can help you focus. Writing down your thoughts will let you see everything clearly. It can help you make better decisions.
  3. Relieves stress – Journal writing helps you cope with stress and anxiety. It’s like telling someone your problems and worries.
  4. Encourages personal growth – You achieve goals easier when you write them down. You also learn more about yourself when you journal.
  5. It makes you more creative – Artists practice journal writing to unlock their creativity. They write what is on their mind every morning after waking up. This unblocks ideas and makes thoughts free.

How to start journaling:

You will need:

  • Time – Set aside 5-10 minutes in the morning or evening. Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can write.
  • Something to write on – Write on a notebook, computer or mobile device. Read 5 killer online journaling tools you should try out to try online journaling.
  • A goal – Set the number of sentences or words to write every day. Setting goals will keep you on track.

What should you write about?

  • Write about anything. It can be what you experienced, learned or discovered.
  • Write about memories, dreams, plans and goals.
  • Describe an object, person or place.
  • Write a letter to someone or to yourself.

You can write a paragraph or a list. Write down your thoughts in a simple and understandable way.

Remember:

  • Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or style. It doesn’t have to be great writing. You will improve as you go.
  • Be honest.
  • It’s alright if you miss one day. Take it up again anytime.
  • Read your journal at the end of the week or month. You will learn more about yourself. You will see how your language skills improve.

 
Sources: How to keep a journal to speed up your language learning, Sophia Anderson, linguasorb; Journal writing: 5 smart reasons why you should start doing it today, Ericson Ay Mires, Lifehack; Keeping a daily journal could change your life, Benjamin Hardy, Mission.org; and The life-changing habit of journaling, Thomas Oppong, Thrive Global. Accessed April 11, 2019.

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