Any copywriter who ever worked for a corporation will be inclined to write the headline of this post, “How Journaling Can Make Everything Better.” Here’s why: Though the way I wrote it is better, legal won’t like it. Because it promises too much.
By saying “can,” we leave some wiggle room. We can leave some wiggle room.
I’m not promising journaling will give you fresher breath and whiter teeth in just ten days. I’m saying writing stuff down makes stuff easier to deal with. And it does. If you have doubts about that, I challenge you to try it. If you are struggling with a work or life problem, I urge you to try it.I’ve always known how this works. I’ve kept journals of all kinds, all my life. From lock and key diaries, to fear and loathing travel journals. From migraine journals to holiday menu plans. From strategic and creative business notebooks to nap and poopy baby journals. Yes…
Everything Gets Better
I can tell you, in every case, whatever it was, it got better when I wrote it out. Often immediately. Sometimes days or months later. Sometimes, by osmosis, inconspicuously–and I know this by looking back many years later at a journal.
Take the family Thank You journals we kept with the kids in the late 90s. With gratitude, our lives became so much more abundant over a couple of years. Kind of amazing, actually. I kept a journal which revealed I personally wasn’t getting happier, though, because the money was at the expense of my family time and values. Sad.
However, I was working at a job where I learned a lot, the hard way. I took a lot of notes there, too. I once led a meeting on business branding for super dull data-driven clients, and succeeded in convincing one particularly tough exec over the course of several large sheets of easel paper.
Later, my best friend at the company had her office wallpapered with them–a crazy mind map of spider webs, bullet points, flower bursts, arrows and other lists. I felt mortified at first, but she was beaming with pride. She said, “I love them. This is your essence, on paper. They’re beautiful.” Happy.
See, this was a place where I was once told I was a genius (!), if only I could be “repackaged.” Anyway, that’s long gone. My pen has led me to Zen now. And my work friend? We’re souls sisters. Likely why the universe arranged our meeting at that job. And why I’m able to reveal to you now:
This is My Brain
- It’s really crowed in there
- It hardly ever turns off
- It’s closely tied to my heart
- It’s broadly connected to the world
- It feels curious about so many things
- It looks weird, wired, nuts, messy and more, on paper–at first
- It brings forth all my ideas and I love that about it
- It’s excellent at disseminating information it has gathered
- I own it. It’s a huge part of what makes me, me
- It catches stuff coming out of my brain
- It mirrors my brain and my heart if I let it
- It can be messy and crowded, look weird, etc.
- It can be neat and organized, brief, etc.
- It’s for 1st drafts, fast genius, long form, anything
- Drafts are rough, ideas progress, records kept
- There are many kinds of paper in all sizes & forms. I grab some when I need it
This is My Brain on Paper
Don’t freak out.
Another friend wrote a fantastic short story once about Betty Flesh, and people made of meat. We decided:
I am made of paper. Notes, lists, legal pads, spiral books. Surrealistically it’s cool.
In reality, it’s great. How does everything get better? Well, each of these journal issues has (go ahead click on the pics and read them). The bemwireless.com website was launched with great success. I am up to three websites for my internet business now, since that May 2013 productivity/To-Do journal page.* And all those sticky notes–most done, some morphed, some dropped. Fresh Market? Check.
No idea lost on accident. We’re writing on purpose. So, I’m made of paper–what about you? Would your comments below.
*Edited on 1/26/2014 to add: Three websites was too many. Simmer down with your journal if it gets that crazy–I had to. In fact this website changed from a niche site on journaling to one focusing only on my copywriting and marketing services since then. But, I’ll say this: journaling did make that transition better, too.