I came across an interesting article a few months ago that got caught in the cracks, but I am bringing it out now. I have been writing a journal for 40 years now, but I still have lessons to learn about this worthwhile activity. Before I read the article I didn’t realize, or at least think, that some people had different techniques of making journal entries. Some are focused on a single topic, some use only one way to enter their thoughts. Brain dumping is my way.
I think I get that from Will Rogers and his daily newspaper articles. They covered a myriad of things. They were just what he was thinking on the day he wrote them. I usually have at least a dozen drafts in my WordPress queue, ready to be published. Finishing those drafts is often a two-week process. But, the beginning of almost all those posts is a brain dump.
Brain Dump Journaling, according to the article I read is “writing down your thoughts without limitations can help organize your thoughts, narrow your feelings, and recognize trends in your thinking” Some day I may be brave enough to show you my work desks and walls. They, and much of my computer, are literally covered with one or two sentence notes about a potential post. My brain runs at a hundred-miles-an- hour, thinking about more topics than I can even define.
Getting back to the main topic of this post, I love one of the final sentences of the source article. Click HERE to see the whole article.
Journaling is a great way to cope with feelings of anxiety and depression by promoting clarity, reflection, and positive self-talk. Not only does writing provide a personal record of your life, but it can bring potentially harmful thought patterns into the light. If you find that your journaling centers upon a particular goal or anxiety, investigate it. Pursue it. You could learn something new about yourself.