Journal Writing: A Window into Life by Janelle Breese Biagioni

Journal Writing: a Brain Injury Blog by Janelle Breese Biagioni

Journal Writing: A Window into Life

December 26, 2011

Reflect on the Year – what progress was made.

It seems to be our nature to see the accomplishments of others; however, we often overlook our own. We either fear what we have done is not enough or we don’t see how all the little things we did actually contributed to a bigger accomplishment.

Journal writing is a great way to record short, simple notes so that from time to time you can read and reflect on your journey. Often, it’s surprising to see how far you have come.

As the year comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on what you did, what you accomplished. You can recall this information by reviewing your daily/monthly calendar or day timer. Commit to writing a little (short) paragraph about each month and then set it aside for a day or two. When you have time to sit quietly and reflect on the twelve paragraphs, I am sure you will be pleased with all you did.

Do it Regulary

If you would like to do this monthly or on a regular basis, here are some tips to help you compile a journal.  Before you know it, you will a journal that spans the next year or several years:

  • Write in a journal at regular intervals.  You choose do it monthly, quarterly, or annually.
  • Begin a New Year by writing a review of the year before.
  • Keep the “Best of/Worst of” lists
  • Keep a “My Favourite lists”
  • Write about significant events or moods in your life
  • Write about people, places, things, successes, obstacles (and how you overcame them) and projects

Remember what you did? Said?

  • Use your daytimer
  • Start a Scrapbook
  • Use your calendar
  • Look through your Bankbook –you may not remember where you spent your time, but your bank account will show you where you spent the money.
  • Look through old and recent photographs, or picture albums
  • Scrapbooks (movie tickets, concert tickets, invitations etc.)

Hint: Write daily logs in 100 words or less.  Focus on the content of your life rather than the feelings generated by the content. At the end of the year, you will have 365 pages; a mini autobiography!

2 responses to “Journal Writing: A Window into Life by Janelle Breese Biagioni”

  1. Janelle, this is an excellent suggestion. Yet for those who have the time and inclination, I would add that writing at least a little bit about the feelings around what’s happening in your life can add so much to a journaling practice, and offer many benefits for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

  2. Marilyn Lash says:

    What a great idea! So often we remember the “bad things” that happened over the year and neglect to appreciate the “good” in our lives. This is a great way to keep it in perspective.

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