Power of The Quick Fix

Power JournalingIn this new world of instant everything and no time for anything, how do we find the time to get in touch with what is really going on inside us? We take in life in bite-sized chunks and find little room for contemplation, let alone to digest what is happening.

Starting from The Inside

Have you tried Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages”? I enjoyed the structure of her program, but found the time it takes to write 3 full pages each morning really cut into my early morning.

I had time to either journal or walk. Walking usually won because my dog didn’t didn’t really enjoy my journal writing.

But journaling is so valuable!  Here are 10 great benefits of writing a regular journal:

  1. Capture great ideas and creative thoughts
  2. Decide about and design the life you want to live
  3. Discover more about yourself and those around you through your writing
  4. Organize and sort out your thoughts and feelings
  5. Track your progress as you live out the life you are designing
  6. Acknowledge what is happening in your life and what it means to you
  7. Recall the good times and bring them back into your active memory
  8. Relieve stress by having a non-judgmental place to let it out or let go of whatever is bothering you
  9. Savor the special moments – capture them so you can return to them again and again
  10. Feel and even get better!

Look at that last one. Isn’t it amazing? Studies have shown regular journal writing lifts your emotions and gives your sense of well-being a boost so you feel better. More than that, research shows regular journal writing actually improves your immune system!

I wanted all that. So I found a compromise.

Because I liked the purposeful structure of the ‘morning pages’ exercises, I used them as a base to work out a series of short journal exercises that I could do before walking in the morning.

To achieve significant results within a short, compact journal time, I needed to incorporate tools that  would enhance the benefits of writing a journal. I studied those who have mastered the art of journaling.

I researched the journal writing tools and techniques used in therapies of all types, and I incorporated all my research on Viktor Frankl and the art of finding meaning and purpose in life.

Some things worked better than others and, over time, I refined the process and it evolved into a very specific, defined program that has a profound effect on your sense of life and well-being.

And the program takes only 5 minutes a day!

If you already have a daily journal or gratitude journal, you can fold in these special carefully structured 5 minutes for added benefits.

If you’ve never done regular journal writing, it provides a simple, easy structured and supportive way to get going and develop the habit that adds enormous value to your every day life.

If you are ready to get more out of life, try it.

I am thrilled with the results, and so are the people who are using it!






Author: Sue Hines

  1. Sue — I hadn’t thought about journaling as a way to relived stress. But often writing down your thoughts is a kind of problem-solving device, too. So many thoughts are swirling around our heads. I think that writing can bring clarity. Thanks for the thought-provoking post.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-02-2014

      You put that so well, Jeanette. The swirling thoughts and cloudiness can be reduced with journaling. It provides access to unconscious thoughts, which get “stuck” and stop other insights and ideas from reaching our consciousness.

  2. MeredithMeredith10-01-2014

    So true! I like #6 because I have a tendency to let life go by without really stopping to pay attention along the way, which isn’t the best way. I try to be more intentional by writing things down, too.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-01-2014

      Being intentional is what it is all about, and with regular journal writing, I find the mental “clutter” is removed and it is easier to stay focused and on task. Do you find the same?

  3. LenieLenie10-01-2014

    Hi Sue – I really liked # 7 – recall the good times and bring them back into active memory. I think that’s so important and keeps things in perspective. I don’t keep a journal, but I do surround myself with others’ inspirational and motivational thoughts. But your post made so much sense that I will start keeping a journal now and the first thing I’ll put in there are your 10 points. Thanks.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines10-01-2014

      Glad to have inspired you, Lenie. Taking in the good thoughts and motivation is so valuable. It helps “prime the pump”, so to speak, so one is looking or the good. Journaling does help to clear out the mental fog, though, giving the inspirational messages a clearer place to land. Good luck with the journal. I hope you will keep us updated on its impact.

  4. Susan CooperSusan Cooper09-30-2014

    Hi Sue…I like this post too. My journaling often times ends up with me writing about happy memories/thoughts from my childhood and reflecting back on the lessons I learned at the time and how it affected me the rest of my life in ways for which i an so grateful. Which is nice, because I use that as my theme of my blog once a week. It is very stress relieving for sure and I’m hoping some of my life lessons can help others too. Great habit that I’m glad I started. It has opened the door to a whole new world for me.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines09-30-2014

      Susan, that is a great way to end your journaling. It does seem to clear the clutter out and leave us feeling better – focused on the good. Sounds like it is working well for you.

  5. Jacqueline GumJacqueline Gum09-30-2014

    What a great post although I must admit that I am totally flabbergasted that your dog does not like your journaling!! WHAT!!!! Though I must admit, my cats didn’t like it much either:) Seriously, I have been keeping a journal since I was very young…when the diary had a key:) It’s a great way to vent, express joy, crystallize a thought, or come to a conclusion for almost any conundrum. Somehow seeing the words, reading them out loud just helps me personally. My first book is based on many journal entries. Great post Sue! Wish more folks could get into this habit…maybe there would be less horn honking, pushing on sidewalks, and generally less surliness:) You think so?
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines09-30-2014

      Journal writing is a great stress reliever – perhaps because it helps you put things into perspective. A little introspection often helps you reach different, less judgmental conclusions. It is definitely a worthwhile habit to get into. A couple of participants in the 5 Minutes a Day program have told me how the insights they get from the journal exercises totally change not only how they think, but also how they feel about things. That you’ve been keeping a journal since there were locks on them totally explains your ease with the written word, Jacqueline.

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