CURRENTLY READING:The Supernova Era by Liu Cixin

30 August 2012

Journaling can boost your creativity

We all know that journaling is a great tool for your spirit, mind, and even body. As you record your feelings, or health regimes and their results, keep track of things that bother you and understanding them form another perspective to fix them. Journaling can also have a more practical use than your personal life application. It can also help you in your work, any kind, as long as it requires creativity. Here are three ways I chose to show you how journaling can help you boost your creativity and confidence in this innate human ability.

Organize your thoughts

By journaling you are able to clear your thoughts, no matter how many there can be. The problem with finding creative solutions to daily situations is that your mind is so clutter by all those other things that require your attention that you can’t seem to find a proper way around it. When you journal, you can begin by making a list of those things you need to focus on, followed by a next list of things that require attention but are not priority.
Following those lists, you can begin with the one that has priority. On a different page you can start scribbling words, phrases, doddle, or whatever you need to get you focus on that single matter. Once that is done, you are in the zone, focus, on track and you can go on to continue writing, like a conversation with yourself o storytelling; anything really. So long as you just let your pen flow about it (or fingers on your keyboard). When I am writing these entries most of the time I free write after doing a small list of concepts I need to make sure I cover. If it’s a personal entry I just free write with all the horrible grammar mistakes that would make any scholar flip to deep underground wanting to be burned by the intense magma underneath the earth. Yes, bad grammar. But I don’t care, as it’s personal, unless is public, then I try hard.
In any case, journaling like this can help you organize ideas and focus. If you happen to write something that strikes you as an “AHA!” moment, highlight it, make it pop. So when you go back to your notes, that simple line will get you back in your zone. This way you will be able to accomplish way more than sitting by a monitor wondering what to do next.

Stimulates your creative mind

As you practice journaling more and more it will start to feel like going to the gym a few times a week. You begin fresh, motivated, ready. As the days go you start to feel worn out and have no idea what to write. But this is good; your brain is signaling you it is being stimulated, and hence a bit exhausted. It’s alright to give it a break. Do something that will relax it, as you don’t have to think. Like meditating, music, even TV. I don’t recommend TV usually, but when it comes to making the brain stop thinking, it is a great tool. Just try to watch something positive, it’s all I advise in its’ regard.
Once you had your day or moment off (sometimes I can go 10 hours just producing, including personal projects) you can go back to your scribbles and thoughts. You will feel refreshed and your mind will begin again to flow, this time with more focus and ease. Why? Because its being strengthen as you do. The more you use creativity, no matter how minuscule the task is, the more it will just flow through you. We are all creative beings by nature; most of us are just untrained, with weak creative muscles that need care.

You are free to explore infinite ideas

There is a beauty in private journaling that nothing can replace; freedom to be you. This way, without judgment, expectancy or pressure, you are free to wonder through the very corners of the universe and come up with ideas that might seem crazy at first. But as you dig deeper they begin to make sense. You just need to let that inner child, the great adventurous explorer loose among the pages of your journal and experiment to come up with crazy ideas. This is how most great philosophers did it anyway. They had a “crazy” idea, they explored it through their texts and eventually it made sense. You just need to let it go and let it flow.
'If at first the idea is not totally absurd then there is no hope for it.' — Albert Einstein.”
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