Every day our minds are consumed with so much. What we have to do when we arrive to work, what we need to pick up from the grocery store, what we need to help our children with when they arrive home, what we should cook for dinner, what bills need to be paid, and so on and so forth. We are bound to forget some things when we try to store everything in our finite minds instead of transferring them to paper.
Journaling is one thing that allows you to organize your thoughts, putting them into compartments so that you can go back to them again and see the progress you made. There are various ways to journal your thoughts, but I’m going to share with you 5 that I think are wonderful to do.
1. To-Do List
There’s nothing like having a do something that’s extremely important and not remember what it is. As things come to mind that you know are priority and you have to tackle, immediately write it in your journal. Whether you have a physical journal or an Evernote app that allows you to type or record your to-do list, both will keep you up-to-date and on top of your game.
2. Prayers and Answers to Prayer
God said He would give us the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). Journaling allows you to share those desires with God and be vulnerable and transparent enough to talk to Him in a way that you wouldn’t talk to anyone else. List your desires through prayers to Him, either in paragraph or bullet form. Make sure to put the date you wrote those prayers. That helps you to go back to those dates and even check off when they have been answered. When he does answer your prayers, write down how the answer came. That builds up your faith and your testimony.
You can never show enough gratitude for all of the wonderful things that have happened in your life. Gifts, cards, warm wishes for achievements you have made, for God bringing you a mate or a new baby, graduating from college, kids getting scholarships to college, increase or promotion on your job… you can’t go without saying thanks for all that He has done. Use time in your journal to show your gratitude. Make a list each year of the small gestures of love, the blessings of each new day, and the joy that’s been brought into your life.
4. Daily Reflection
It’s important to take time at the end of each day to reflect. Write down what worked and what didn’t. What could be done differently to make that day better, that product more meaningful, that person feel more special, you a little happier. As we write, all kinds of ideas surface and it enlightens us to the things of our day and what should matter most.
5. Goals, Goals, and More Goals
Use your journal to write down your short and long-term goals for the year. Then track how much you’ve accomplished. “If you can see it, you can be it!” has been something I’ve stood on for most of my life. When one gets checked off, add another in its place. That way, you are bound to complete most of your goals in a year.
What are other ways in which you journal your thoughts?