Journaling Can Find You Better Jobs — And Other Benefits

What is art?

It is taking one’s deepest sorrows, the fears, frustrations and making it visible for the world to see — or bringing it alive to the world to see — letting it manifest in the physical world. For me writing is the art. It helps me manifest my deepest sorrows, fears into this tangible elements.

Anne Frank says, “ I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Writing gives me that ability to make my sorrow disappear. Writing helps my courage to be reborn. You can shake off everything as you write. Writing can help you with that.I have written about ‘writing’ and of . What prompted me write another post on ‘writing’ is this.

A Bit of History

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.“ — William Wordsworth

It’s no wonder then journaling is a practice shared across many centuries by icons-not only writers like Virginia Woolf and Mark Twain, but also inventors from da Vinci to Edison, cultural icons such as Pablo Picasso, military leaders such as general George Patton, and political leaders from Washington to Jefferson to Franklin to Truman to Churchill. Along with preserving a record of their ideas and experiences, journaling might have helped them make sense of stressful experiences, focus on their goals, and achieve success. As Richard Branson, the Virgin mogul says, “my most essential possession is a standard-sized school notebook.”In language, God is accessible to all men, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes. Writing is medium through which one can talk to God. For me, language and writing is helps me access the deepest sub-conscious level of thinking through writing.

What Writing Means to Me

Writing is like unpacking. You slowly unpack the mysteries of life, your mind or living, using writing as a tool. But it is in this series of events, that sequence of times, that there is continuous thread of revelation. Go deep enough, there is bedrock of truth.

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

There is unknown silence in everyone’s inner self. It is within. For some, it is easily accessible. For some, it requires deliberate attempt at connecting. For more others, they don’t even realise the existence of that inner self. They live their life as it is. I belong to the second category of people. Though I realise there exists this inner self, its access to it has always been elusive. Writing helps me nurture that connection and get in touch within.

Ways of Writing

I started writing out of necessity rather than will.

I am currently working on different writing styles:

  • Write like freeflowing
  • Write like a conversation between your future self and present self (from Mark Forster’s Dreams book)
  • Write like a conversation with a friend to who you are explaining yourself to. It will be better if the friend of yours is similar to you, age, demography, thinking process (from Pat Flynn’s Ebook the Smart Way)
  • Let me see how it could happen.
  • More so, using writing as a thinking tool.
  • Writing to bring clarity in head
  • Use writing to generate ideas. Now reading about Mark Levy and others as — using Writing as Thinking

How to Start?

Buster Benson runs this site called 750words.com. It was inspired by the concept of morning pages as described in Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. He cites the basic rules of free writing that were written by Natalie Goldberg.

Benefits of Writing

From Dr. Diary, aka James W. Pennebaker:

For Physical Health

Writing can help you with your immunity.

For Mental Health

I actually of the opinion that every human being is a treasure house of wisdom and recommend everyone writing a memoir of their lives. Emotional writing can heal mental and emotional wounds … after about two weeks.

Writing to Solve Problems

“You can use your internal dialogue to throw open problems and brainstorm (or brain-write) ideas,” suggests Oliver Burkeman.

Other Benefits

“Writing for me is thinking through my fingers.” — Issac Asimov

An interesting tidbit on this from the study of the laid off engineer story at the very beginning of this article:”Interestingly, expressive writing didn’t land the engineers any more interviews. It just increased the odds that they were hired when they did have an interview. “

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” — Anaïs Nin

I believe that we all have an internal wise mentor who is always available to help us through difficult situations — both personal and professional. I strongly believe that you could access this ‘internal mentor’ through writing. Buster Bensen of 750words goes even further saying that writing is better than meditation. Though I don’t completely agree with him, but I hope I made a case for Journaling.

Start writing. Today.

I have been writing seriously these days. More so I have been writing on writing. But there is a quite an amount of practical value in writing. Of course it is an introverted, almost unnatural and nerdy exercise — it is even slow. ‘Writing is living life twice!’Writing-Thinking-Discovery process — a fantastic analogy for the Freewriting process that I am Exploring with Peter Elbow.

Writing as Healing

There is a stream thoughts is modern psychotherapy to use writing to heal — to heal the past, present and future. Graphic designer and writer James Greig talks about getting the gung out as a method of free your mind, of emotions, seeing the emotions write on paper relieves a lot from our head. There are even those who suggest to write a negative feeling on a piece of paper and tearing it up. I personally liked how Julian Cameroon talks of ‘morning writing’ — to use writing (especially during morning or any time of the day) to help one feel empty of feelings that may disturb us or cause anxiety. Morning Writing is a tool suggested by Julian Cameron which seems to be a fantastic way to help me develop and grow. Morning Writing routine. It is my external brain. Pour whatever you have on to this. Let me see how to deal with Vish — he is the easiest you know, so relax. Let life unfold itself to its beauty. the art of writing and finding yourself; leverage more such learning from their active free writing exercise that could help us gain deeper insight on what could be done.

Writing as Thinking

It is interesting that this idea of using writing as thinking has actually been so popularized. It has been only the tool of an elite set of people. Even while Intel founder talks about writing as a reflection on clarity of thinking and Jeff Bezos talk about using ‘writing it down’ — the famous 6 page narrative memo as key for writing. This has actually not been widely used or popular. Reflecting upon my own work, I don’t seem to extend the process of using writing in my wider professional application, though I use it extensively in my personal reflection. I hope that this will help people to actually see the potential use of writing as thinking. In business project management, there is the concept of putting everything on table. That is this one idea. Writing it out or doing a brain dump is about using writing as thinking. Similar to this there is this idea of brain writing — to use team group thinking. It is used as an introvert’s escapade or counter-argument to ‘brainstorming’. That is when brain writing is also then I should be done. Pouring out everything from my mind onto the paper, onto the laptop for thinking. I think this free writing us going to help me in a big way. Hope I will be able to harness this. I kindly request people to use writing as a thinking tool. Try freewriting and let your thoughts out. It could be a good way. How is it helping me? It is helping me by being genuine with myself. Sometimes I talk to myself that is how I get best of my advises from.Learning to view writing as “thinking on paper”, to use a phrase coined by philosopher V.A. Howard, philosopher V.A. Howard — he argues, we should emphasize that “the primary goal of writing, like reading, is to understand and then make that understanding available to others in writing…the first use of writing is to think with-to articulate ideas” [or to make one’s meaning] through language as a learning tool and only later to “communicate them” (Howard 1990, 84). For me, writing seems to be a tool for thinking than anything else. For me that is more valuable than anything else. A process to think — to bring clarity to derive ideas. And who can blame the most important aspect of it — learning to type.

Writing as Ideating

This is why I first started writing — to get ideas, to get inspiration to work, to somehow catch fleeting thoughts that may someday be useful. As most of us aspire, I want to get ideas that will make me super-rich or super-famous. I should definitely mention the inspiration I derived from Mark Levy and his remarkable yet easily understandable concept of ‘Accidental Genius’. I must say it was a turning point. He simply let his secret out when he talks about using ‘freewriting’ as idea generation tool. I must confess it is from then onwards that my writing kick started. 10 ideas everyday trick from James Altucher. Writing as idea machine tool — 10 ideas or 100 different ways by James Altucher and LiteMind.Writing about where they’ve been and what they’ve done might lead you into a place you couldn’t expect. Writing could be a window for me for creativity. I should be leveraging this to generate various ideas to get me thinking and explore options.Ideas are like rabbits. You just have a couple of them and you will make loads of them. There is substantially realm of world in our sub-conscious level we can tap into. One way of doing is accessing the brain writing process which is really helping in the entire gamut. Creativity is just a pedestal away. Let me see if i can use free-writing as a tool to write quickly successfully and do it as a meditation.Tap into the sub-conscious realm using free writingI think intuition is also like that writing. You write and write and write and suddenly you are producing fantastic materials that this world has ever seen.

Says Kate: “If you write everyday, every so often some inspirational things are going to show up.”

As Mark says, when you write, “Don’t expect lightning bolts,” just get words down on paper. Write regularly — good, bad or otherwise — and it will start to pay off. Writing jokes like ’70 jokes a day’ — punchline for News Headlines. The story of Senfield writing a joke a day and marking a red ‘X’ on his calendar is legendary (google ‘Senfield’s Don’t Break the Chain Productivity System’).

And a Few More Reasons

Ray Bradbury says, “In quickness there is truth”

What Writing is?

Writing is communicating your thoughts. Like any other skills, it could be learnt and improved. One’s ability to communicate one’s thoughts and ideas in words, can make or break the game.

Writing for healing, Writing for myself!

Writing is a means of psycho-therapy. It brought me sanity. It kept me ticking and alive. And I just write whatever comes to my mind.Writing for me has been helpful. Recently I have experimenting with the idea of Free Writing. Thanks to Mark Levy for helping me discover it. It is a deceptively simple technique to learn and use. So far I have crossed 46 pages — 101 pages of original content in my Free Writing http://document.It is just my thought, poured on to paper. In fact this article is a by-product of my Free Writing in my document.And now I am going to give it a shot and share the secret I have been leveraging to the you. I am going to give you a case for writing.

Reasons why you could start writing

Writing does help. Great personalities write.Writing shows clarity of thinking

But How to Write?

  • Write simply
  • Break all the grammar rules
  • Write from a personal point of view — first person
  • You can create bullets wherever and whenever you want to
  • Write in plain English — I prefer not using ‘big’ words
  • Litter your article with your personal opinions
  • Feel free to be angry and joyful at the same time
  • Do not write for publishing — write only for yourself
  • Silence the internal editor. The best way to do is to do free writing
  • Time yourself
  • Write what you think
  • Write like you talk
  • Write as if you are writing a personal letter to a friend
  • Write to me; though I receive 100s of emails, I do take time to read and reply to those mails.
  • Share your learning, experience, perspective to your friends, neighbours, audiences
  • Blogging is a good place to start.

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Sathya @SathyaHQ

Work-from-home dad! Writer, Solopreneur. On a journey of personal growth & sustainable living. Subscribe to my newsletter — aurasky.substack.com