3 Reasons People Hate Journaling.

I am writing a series of books to help with life and world issues that ideally involve the reader journaling their thoughts on the questions posed in the book.  There is some resistance on the journaling piece.   So, I asked my friends on my personal Facebook feed the question, “why do you hate journaling”?

Here are the responses:

3 Reasons Why Some People Hate to Journal

#1 – I don’t have the time 

I get that.  Been there myself.  It is like anything else, if you start out small for the next several days, you will form a habit.  It doesn’t matter how many words you actually write.

Try this.  For the next week, grab any piece of paper when you have a minute for yourself.  Just one minute is all you need.  It can be while you are waiting for something to heat up in the microwave or while a TV ad runs.  Now,  a) write one thing you are grateful for, b) one thing you want to brag about and c) one desire you have.  That is it!  Then, you can throw the paper away or shove it in a drawer. I considered this journaling.   And, who knows, may be the start to something bigger.

#2 –  I think “what’s the point?” – so years later I can read MY OWN THOUGHTS? 

Many people that journal throw away or burn their journaling for that day.  Honestly, you do not have to keep your journals.  Journaling can bring clarity to a question or issue you are pondering or struggling to come to grips with.  It helps clear your head, refocus your thinking and stops the steady stream of useless thoughts.

Try This.  The next time you have a question or issue you are grappling with, grab a piece of paper, and write the answers to the following questions:  What “truly” is the question or issue? What three things can I do now to resolve this issue? What will the outcome be if I do those three things or nothing at all?  Who is impacted?  What three things do I need to do or know to move forward?  There is a good chance you will have your answer when you are done.  If you wish, shred the paper when you are finished.

#3 – No instant gratification

You may not receive instant gratification, but over time you will see changes in your decision making, clarity, and resilience.   The mind is so powerful.  We have only scratched the surface of its power.  The author, Henriette Anne Klaus, wrote the book “Write It Down, Make It Happen”.   When you actually use pen and paper, your brain starts to put things in motion.  Science is proving this every day.  Synchronicity starts to appear.  Carl Jung defined this as “a phenomenon where an event in the outside world coincides meaningfully with a psychological state of mind.”  He is saying  the clearer you can be about goals or issues, the more you will see the answers surround you over time.  Truly, sometimes there isn’t instant gratification, but it won’t take long before you see the fruits of your efforts.


How can you get started journaling?

You may want to invest in some journaling tools to give you the knowledge.  I am making it sound like a difficult thing to do and learn.  It is not.    Here is a website I particularly love.  Free Learning Tools (go to bottom of page)







My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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