Are you trying to be an amateur writer? Or want to record things that happened whether serious stuff or simply hilarious or just want to relieve stress? Try keeping a diary for at least a month. Then thank me later. A diary is the best tool there is to achieve all these and more.
I have always been told to keep a diary. Remember my first blog post where I talked about my English teacher in school who insisted we keep one and sometimes will ask us to read it out in class. Though a lot of people know that they should keep one, but it is always never done. Reasons-too busy, too tired or some just give the excuse that keeping a diary is for teenagers.
For me, there’s a few reason to keep a diary: To manage myself, to use it to improve myself, it’s also a hobby or something to do for relaxation. I use the diary to know myself and know the quality of my thoughts. That’s the only practical reason I can think of. Why else would I keep a diary? It’s not that my life is so interesting that I can ever sell it as a memoir. I’m no Maya Angelou.
Some just find it extremely tedious and it sometimes is as you wonder if any event is worthy of record in your diary. But to this Ernest Hemingway put it best:
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Or some simply have no idea HOW to do them.
We all think that keeping a diary is easy so we don’t bother asking how you do it. It’s not easy, but it’s also not rocket science even though most people over complicate the act of putting thoughts on paper.
In keeping a diary, you can either do it in the morning or evening and while at it document what you are doing whether you think it exciting or not. It can be what time you went to bed, what time you awoke, what did you work on, who did you talk to, what book did you read, etc.
Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. — Jim Rohn
Write about what scares you. There’s no better way to address your worries than writing about them. If you worry about something, it seems way worse in your head. Let your diary act as the man in the mirror for you.
When you start writing down what you’re stressed about, you can start thinking about how you’re going to solve the problem that’s causing you stress in the first place.
The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe. — David Hare
Use your diary as a feedback mechanism by second-guessing your own decisions. Making decisions is hard. Deep down, we need to know the answers to things that make us indecisive.
Ask yourself a question and try to answer it by looking at it from the pros and cons. What are the outcomes? And the questions you can ask yourself are endless.
A diary is a very versatile tool. It helps you with your self-awareness, and it also helps you to improve yourself. If you’re serious about those things, a diary is a must.