Journalling for creativity, business and personal developement


Journalling for creativity

"I use it as a tool to clarify my thinking and goals. The paper is like a photography darkroom for the mind “ Tim Ferriss

Journalling is trendy phrase at the moment and I hadn't realised till recently. The reason I hadn't realised is that it is something I have been doing intuitively for many years and I call it writing in my notebook. I have a stack of about 20 notebooks going years back, filled with memories, dreams, writings, goals and all sorts. I often pick one up randomly and am always shocked that the ideas that I had back then I am still interested in or working on now. 

I write mostly when I have time out and more and more on my morning trip to the loch. Starting with a cycle, a walk and a swim, I have a special fallen tree that gives me the perfect seat for writing on. The quiet, still freshness of the morning assists in clarity of thought.

So, what is it about writing things down that is so powerful? When you look back over the years it is not a new concept at all - from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks filled with mirrored writing and intricate drawings to Thomas Edison, American's greatest inventor. The common theme is that hand writing develops ideas and produces results.

Many creatives, writers and innovators keep journals - for different reasons and with different uses. There is no doubt that journalling helps you prioritize, clarify thinking and accomplish important tasks as opposed to urgent busy work.  It can also give you the record of the progress you’ve made toward your goals to keep you motivated in the long slog of actually achieving them. There is also evidence that the practice of writing enhances the brains intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information. 

Here are a few ways that I use my notebooks to give you some ideas - I write blog posts, writing down here and now experiences for later use which otherwise I will forget about, noting down quotes I come across, ideas for courses, ideas for teaching, ideas on subjects / from books, goals for the future, overviews of how and where my business is going, sometimes plans for places to go to visit. I even wrote this blog post in a notebook first of all! 

My own advice to you is - just write, remember no one is going to read it and forget about grammar and spelling. Just write!  


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