With over 7.5 billion current world population, one of the things we have in common is we all have 365 days to live in a year. In those 365 days, for sure we will all eat, sleep, laugh, cry, smile or frown. These are all human necessities and human nature. But what are we supposed to do with the 365 days that were given to us? With all the things we take care of, do we still have the time to think about the things that should really matter?
Writing a journal may be old school, but it is one of the things that will never be outdated because we never run out of days unless our time is really up. So go ahead and put into words all that happens in your 365 days.
What to Write In a 365 Journal
We often think that every day is just like any other day, except for our birthdays and other special holidays. We often don’t get that much excitement with ordinary days, but when you write a journal, you will notice little things that actually set your day apart from the rest, like when you first learned that pulling off your post-it starting from the sticky side could actually prevent it from curling up, which had been an eyesore for you all this time. Small things like this make the other 364 days of your year better.
Write about the small little details that happened to you during the day. You might be surprised how those little details changed your life already because any other day could be a start of something great. Make sure you never miss writing about it.
Write about anything that inspired you. You could think or search for an inspirational quote that would apply in that certain situation. If you write about something, chances are you won’t forget about it, so writing about something positive will keep you motivated.
Write about your plans for the next day, next week or next month, or you can even write about your goal for the whole year. It’s up to you, really. The main objective of this is to help you stick to your plan. You can also write about the things you need to do to achieve your goals.
Benefits of Writing a 365 Journal
It Relieves Stress
Writing a journal can actually relieve us of stress as it makes us express our thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are sometimes overwhelming. Some of us may not have someone to share these, and writing is a tool for us to divert some of our everyday frustrations. “Some research even suggests that journaling can increase your physical health,” said F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
It Helps us Get to Know Ourselves Better
Most of us are too comfortable with ourselves that in the end, we realize we don’t have that much idea of who we really are. Writing a journal will help us get to know ourselves better by reminding us of what matters to us, what our strengths and weaknesses are, and what our plans and goals are. According to Steven Stosny, Ph.D., “Journaling can have a positive effect on your behavior and well being if it makes you step back and evaluate your thoughts, emotions, and behavior.”
It Inspires and Motivates
Everything we write in our 365 journals will inspire and motivate us. “So, before you have to concentrate on anything, spend eight to 10 minutes writing out your worries. When you do, your worry is less likely to get in your way, and you will likely complete tasks more easily, with your worries out of your brain and on the task at hand instead,” said psychiatrist Srini Pillay, MD. If we read about each day that passed, it will make us realize that our days are either good or bad, and it is mostly up to us how we want our day to turn out. Good things that happened will inspire us to make better choices, and the plans and goals we wrote will motivate us to keep on moving forward to make them happen.
We all have 365 days a year and to actually have something to remind us of every day that passed could help us live each day with more energy, excitement, enthusiasm, and gratitude. Who knows how good it could turn out that it can inspire other people too. Your 365 journal could actually be a book, a book about a certain miss who made life better in 365 days.