Benefits of Journaling and Planning Ahead

Improved Productivity with Journalling and Planning Ahead

Journaling every day can provide a great foundation for an effective morning routine. Routine is always important if you are wanting to stay organised, on top of your to do list, and to be more disciplined. By committing to journal every morning, you start your day with structure, and connecting with yourself before you do anything else.

During your morning journaling session, it is great to set your goals and ambitions for the day ahead. This will increase productivity and motivate you to tick those essential tasks off. You can also prioritise your goals 1 to 3, this prevents you from defaulting to easier tasks first, and instead prioritising jobs that really need doing. When you connect with yourself, and understand your thoughts, problems, and goals, you are making a choice to begin your day by focusing on you, before focusing on anyone else. It is a great way to align with what you want to achieve, and hence will increase motivation and discipline throughout the day. In turn, this is making you more productive, so you can achieve more 😊.

Journaling is a great way to give time to yourself that isn’t work. You should always block yourself some time for leisure and hobbies, or exercise. This may seem counterproductive if productivity is your main goal, however in the long term, this will aid those productivity levels. Journaling will also prevent burnout, ensuring that you understand your needs.

Another benefit of journaling for your productivity, is the result of planning your week. By planning your time out day to day, you reduce your stress and have less to think about, due to having that plan in front of you. Even 10 minutes on a Sunday will free up that space in your brain, for other important tasks.

Reflecting and Understanding Yourself with Journalling

Journaling can be a great way to understand yourself. You get to know yourself by discovering your private thoughts and feelings. Look at your journaling practice as personal relaxation time where you can de-stress and wind down.

When you have negative thoughts, journaling can help you to understand why you may be experiencing them, and how you can work on feeling better. It is a very powerful tool used to bring your thoughts out of your head, and onto the paper. This can help you to make sense of your worries, and in most cases, this can reduce stress, or even eliminate the worries all together. Most of the time, by journaling, we realise that our worries may not actually be as bad as we think, and we can take steps to reduce them.

Increased Gratitude and Positivity with Journalling

Journaling can help to improve your self-talk to yourself. Even if this isn’t something that comes naturally to you, journal prompts can help you to look at the positive aspects of your life. There are endless benefits to seeing the positive side of life, including better stress management, improved feeling of satisfaction and more enjoyment day to day.

A popular journaling exercise is gratitude. A common practice for this is to list three things daily that you are grateful for. This is most effective when you really dive into why you are grateful for this, and what you would feel like if that thing wasn’t here, or if you didn’t have it.

Now that you know some of the benefits, below are three journaling prompts that can help you get started:

  • What's something that you're looking forward to?
  • Describe your favourite moment of each part of the day.
  • Write down 5 things in nature you're grateful for.

Before you start, make sure to check out our notebooks that are designed for journaling! What better way to ensure you commit to this daily habit than a new notebook?

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AND… the Nu: Navy Planner. Inside the book there are two sections, section one: weekly timetable main aims and deadlines, thoughts and goals for the following week then in section two: tear out index cards with a pocket to keep your cards in the back of the book. Find out more here.

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