Change Your Life With Just a Pen and Paper ( VERY POWERFUL)
10 months ago I had a terrible breakup. I thought she was the person and we were meant to be together but somehow we split apart and I was at the worst phase of my life.
That’s when I discovered a superpower. A superpower, I only heard of but never used it.
Journalling is literally the only activity that has like 1000X ROI. You literally spend 5–10 mins doing it and it changes your life. It improves your mental health like magic.
So, here are the 3 types of Journalling that I did and how they benefitted me:
1. Gratitude Journalling
Do you know what separates the happy from the sad?
Gratitude. Gratitude Journalling will only take you 2–3 mins but it will make you significantly happy in just 6 months.
Gratitude Journalling is fairly simple. As soon as you wake up, grab a notebook and a pen and write down 3 things you’re grateful for. It can be anything, any person, any food, any animal.
And don’t make these two mistakes:
a. Don’t Write The Same Things Everyday
Don’t be a zombie. Take some time and think about what you’re actually grateful for. You can literally think about 100s of things or people you’re grateful for if you just feel grateful for them.
b. Don’t Write Half-Heartedly
Don’t take it as a task and write down things half-heartedly. The point of writing down is to actually feel grateful for those things and people.
And if you don’t feel the feeling of gratefulness while writing it there’s no point in doing it.
2. Brain Dump Journalling
Just like the name sounds. This kind of Journalling has no subject to it. You write down everything that’s on your mind. From ideas to to-do lists. Everything that’s currently on your goes there.
It has two benefits:
a. It clears your mind
If you’re like most people, you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of to-dos. It’s hard to keep track of everything. It’s almost impossible to work or rest because you have so much on your mind. You’re overwhelmed and underachieving.
Writing down everything on your mind helps clear your mind. Then, you can do what you need to be doing right now — whether that’s work or rest. Many things to one thing.
Pro Tip: Try doing brain dumping shortly before you go to bed. You’ll find it’s much easier to get to sleep.
b. It leads to new ideas
Imagine a time when you were talking to another person about a problem you were having. As you were explaining your situation, a solution popped into your head! The other person didn’t even have to say anything helpful!
Communicating something causes your brain to think about it in different ways. This increases the chance of your brain finding new ideas/solutions for the problem.
When you’re writing, you’re communicating with your paper. So as you write, you’ll find yourself having new ideas.
3. Journalling for Clarity
This is my favorite method of Journalling. I literally go and search on Pinterest for this search term “journaling prompts” and voila I have hundreds of questions.
These are questions that will help you dive deep into yourself as you answer them. These questions will make you see the sides of yourself that you have been hiding from everyone.
I generally do it before sleeping. It helps me understand my actions and intentions in a better way. And I go to sleep happily.
Believe me, incorporating journaling into my daily routine has completely changed the way I operate. I can honestly say that I’m a much happy and more grateful person than I was before.
And that’s the power of just using a pen and paper.
CONTRIBUTED BY Shubham jena