How a notebook and a pen next to your bed can change your life
What can you do with a notebook and a pen next to your bed? What’s the point of putting them there? The answer is this: you can write a diary. A notebook and a pen next to your bed will encourage you to write a story your life for the day, a diary. Right before you go to bed, right before you turn the light switch off, you can reflect on your day just by writing down what you did or what you felt—even just what you want to write.
What’s the point of writing a diary after all? Diary does help you perceive your feelings. Isn’t knowing what you are feeling as easy as breathing for yourself? No, absolutely not. You might have heard people saying, “I’m not really sure how I feel about that” or “I feel so numb.” This ‘not knowing your own feelings’ or ‘numbness’ is caused when there are too many feelings and thoughts in your brain. Your brain is simply too confused and overwhelmed with emotions to feel anything at all. Writing those emotions in a journal or diary can help you sort out those feelings. “Putting our feelings into words helps us heal better,” said Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology and a founder of social cognitive neuroscience, who led a study regarding the emotional effect of writing feelings down on people. The study found putting emotions into words has relieving effect on people, partly because doing so helps people sort out their feelings.
Secondly, writing diaries or personal journals creates your own history. If your life is not written down, then the details of your days and efforts won’t be recorded and thus forgotten. Once you write a diary, your history is created and you can reflect on and look back to past days of your life. Ten minutes of writing everyday will create a priceless and unique treasure of your own and the treasure will allow you to relive your past life in your brain simulator. I, personally, think this is a good deal. Using 10 minutes of time from your sleep or free time can create a history of “you”!
Lastly, keeping a diary lets you look back on your mistakes of that day and appreciate your successes today, making you a better person tomorrow. Those little improvements may seem infinitesimal at first, but “penny and penny laid up will be many.”
It won’t make much of a sense if you don’t keep your diaries after reading this article, because there is no reason to not keep a diary. Ten minutes of writing a day will bring you a relieving effect, your very own personal history, and improvements based on reflections and self-assessments. You will find you feeling proud of yourself, reading your own columns of your diary.