How taking notes on your life can make it better.
Quote of the Week
“The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory”
– Chinese proverb
The above proverb is frequently reworded to, “Better a dull pencil than a sharp mind.”
Note taking is a bit of an obsession of mine. Between sticky notes and notebooks, I am always taking notes for future use. I’m obsessed right now with a reusable smart notebook that can be backed up to cloud storage and erased with heat or a damp cloth.
This is especially true right now, as I am in my first year of working as a tax preparer, and my phone rings off the hook. The only way I can keep everything straight and make sure everything gets done is to write it all down.
Of course, we all have the best of intentions of remembering things, but today’s world throws so much at us that it is hard to keep everything in mind. Work, personal, and family schedules are usually jam-packed, and each usually has its own to-do list.
The Case for Journaling
Journaling can help a lot to keep your mind focused. Journaling is so important to me that I wrote a post, 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Journaling, and I’m currently working on a journal-prompt guide, The 365 Day Journal Challenge. Look for it shortly.
Writing things down helps to reduce stress. Really? That may not seem possible, but there is some peace of mind in knowing you don’t have to remember something because it is written down in a safe place.
Journaling helps because it helps you to make sense of the noise and the confusion that can sometimes fill your mind. I like to call it a “brain dump” because it’s my chance to spew out everything in my head in a safe environment.
No one’s feelings are going to get hurt, and you won’t have to apologize for anything you write in a journal. Well, as long as you don’t let anyone read it, and no one should read it because it’s your safe place.
Write IT Down
Upset about something? Write down what you are thinking and feeling. Once the words are out of your head, you may find that you feel differently.
Need bread at the store? Right it down on something you will have with you when you go to the store. (I love Evernote because it easily syncs to multiple devices and can be shared by families or teammates. It’s great for everything from to-do lists to grocery lists.)
This week, concentrate on getting more out of your head and on to paper (or some other digital medium.) Then take note of how it affects you to know that things are written in a safe place.
Featured Post of the Week
Everyone wants to be happier, but this can be especially challenging when you are coping with a mental illness.
What can you do to help?
Read How To Be Happier: Change Your Mental Illness Perspective for useful tips.
Featured Book of the Week
Do you have friends and family that are struggling to understand your diagnosis? Do you have questions about how to handle your treatment and what you can do to live the best life possible?
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., was written to help patients and their loved ones better understand the illness and how to cope with it successfully. It’s full of great information.
Featured Song of the Week
I’m a little obsessed with Peter Hollens. If you’ve never heard of Peter, he’s a YouTube sensation who mostly produces acapella songs. This is one of my favorites: I See Fire from The Hobbit.
What’s New In My Life
As I mentioned, I am a tax preparer and right in the middle of tax season here in the US. That means that my life right now is pretty much work and sleep.
However, I am looking forward to getting back out in my yard soon (my daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths are in full bloom, though coming up through dead leaves I still haven’t raked up) if the rain will ever stop here in Tennessee.
What are you up to these days?
Until next week, keep fighting. You got this.
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