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Does Writing Things Down Really Boost Productivity?

This week on Episode 093 of the podcast, we are diving in deep to the world of journaling and the many benefits that it can bring to our bodies, minds, and souls.

Maybe you kept a journal when you were young, or perhaps you still keep one now that you’re a bit older and have a ton of things on your plate. But, you may wonder what writing things down actually has to do with boosting productivity. I totally hear that!

With so much of our lives centered around technology, apps, and the Internet, it may seem a little counterproductive to write things down each and every day…but I’m here to tell you now that that is just not true. Writing—really writing—our priorities, thoughts, and dreams each and every day has actually been proven to yield a ton of other benefits outside of our mental health and well-being.

Let’s take a look!

 

6 Benefits of Writing Things Down

 

You Can Keep Track of Your Priorities –

I’m sure you all know by now that I am a HUGE advocate for maintaining a priority list and for really taking the time to see those priorities through to completion. If you’re a fan of planning and boosting your productivity, then I am sure the same is true for you!

Now, I hate to say it… but gone are the days that we can keep track of everything that we need to remember in our brain space alone. And to make matters worse, it seems that more and more these days we constantly feel like we need to be on top of things all of the time, that it’s more and more common for us to experience information overload. Remember? We talked about this dilemma back in Episode 073.

The issue here is that while everyday tasks, new information, distractions, and our responsibilities keep increasing, the space in our brains and the number of hours that we have each day remains constant.

The cure here? Write your priorities down and keep them where you can easily locate them.

Writing things down is a simple yet powerful way to record anything and everything that has your attention… and it is a practice that will help you free up some valuable brain space in the process.

 

Your Mind Stays Clear –

Think about the last time you felt overwhelmed by all of the ‘stuff’ that you had to keep track of in your brain… It wasn’t so enjoyable, right? For me, keeping things inside of my headspace makes me feel super lethargic, and as if I’m constantly carrying around an extra 100 pounds on my shoulders.

But here’s some good news: Just as journaling can be beneficial for your mental health, writing your tasks and all of your priorities down on paper is a great way to lift that weight off of your shoulders. It allows you the chance to give yourself a little bit of relief.

Not only that, but writing things down actually helps put your mind at ease by keeping all of the chaos at bay, even if you haven’t actually done anything on your list just yet!

 

Your Goals, Priorities, and Intentions Have Clarity –

Having goals is important when it comes to our success… But do you know what’s even more important than that? Having clear goals written down.

By keeping your goals, priorities, and intentions in writing front and center, it sends a message to your brain and keeps those ideas fresh so that you’re able to see and to evaluate them consistently. I recommend keeping yours tacked up in your office, inside of your planner, or in a high traffic area of your home.

It also helps you to understand which of your goals, priorities, and intentions that you really resonate with… and which ones might need some more tweaking as you continue to grow as an individual.

Remember, in order to be productive and to really achieve the goals you set for yourself — it helps to get them out of your head and onto paper… and then to keep them front and center!

 

Your Motivation Increases –

This benefit seems to go hand in hand with our last benefit… and I hope you can see why that may be!

No matter what you set out to do, or what you’ve already accomplished, motivation is one of those things that has a fleeting habit. In order to cultivate motivation and to maintain it over time, you need to write things down!

Doing so will ultimately help you to maintain your resolve and remind yourself of your purpose on a regular basis, which has huge implications for how motivated you’ll feel when it comes time to sit down and focus on your priorities, and even bigger implications about your productivity in the long-run.

 

Your Emotions Are Easier to Recognize and Process –

We talk a little bit more about this on Episode 093 this week, but to me, this benefit bears repeating because having the ability to recognize your emotions and to understand where they come from is HUGE in terms of maintaining a calm head-space and tackling your goals.

One of the biggest causes of stress is our sense of overwhelm. To make matters worse, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. 60%!

One way to combat that stress? You guessed it: Write things down.

Because journaling helps you to put your emotions to writing, you’re able to process your thoughts—good or bad—and feelings on a deeper level than you would by simply mulling over in your mind what’s wrong (or good) in your life. Journaling is also a form of release and can be incredibly cathartic whenever you’re feeling angry, depressed, or downright overwhelmed.

I encourage each and every one of you to give journaling a try the next time you feel yourself inching closer and closer to the ledge… You might be surprised by how much better you feel afterward!

 

Your Progress is Encouraged Through Writing –

Before any of us can improve upon ourselves, our thoughts, or our actions, the very first step is to assess where we are and where we came from.

By writing things down, you are able to maintain an open record of what you did, what you thought of, and how you behaved… which is huge when it comes time to reflect on what worked well for you in the past and what did not.

Not only that, but writing things down helps us to get a handle on our strengths and our weaknesses, and it can even help us to identify how we are spending our time so that we can make a conscious effort to improve in the future.

Remember, little progress comes from staying the same… Change is a constant part of all of our lives, and it’s important that we know how to make improvements that will set us up for success in the future!

If you’re someone that loves to journal, tell me what you enjoy most about it in the comments below! And be sure to check out Episode 093 of Productivity Paradox where I’m talking all about the benefits of journaling in terms of boosting our productivity at home and at work.

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Tonya Dalton
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