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Diary Writing: Life - A Magnificent Story
|by Latesh Joshi|
If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.
Usually we video tape many important occasions of our lives (marriages, functions, events) . How about recording every detail day by day in some storage medium – diary writing can assist you in actually recording your life. A farmer uses a stick to control his bull in the bullock cart; teachers use report cards in schools to keep track of what their students are learning; employers keep check on their employees via task sheets, reports, appraisals – but how does one keep a track of "How I am Fairing in this Examination", called Life. And that is why we today touch the topic of Diary Writing. Its been very difficult for me to generate this piece of information, and I have taken due care to touch the various aspects that could be useful to us.
What is Diary Writing....
What are the different types
When and how much time should be allocated
Diary writing has to be implemented as a discipline, we must adhere to our routine, and allocate some time every day for our diary. As time will pass one will realize how important/effective maintaining a diary becomes.
Pocket diaries can be used as and when the need arise.
What Use Can We Make by Maintaining a Diary
Diary writing will be a very different experience and result won't be visible very quickly, perhaps a fortnight/month should take for us to realize the Complete Benefits of implementing this practice.
You will be using your diary most often with respect to this aspect. Diary writing is about recording/writing most of the time and then realizing its use/importance. Every day we start off , performing our tasks, meeting various people, interacting, accepting tasks/responsibilities/ challenges, facing problems, socializing also. In this aspect we can write about how a day in our life "today" went; was it fine, ok, excellent, boring –
What are the various emotions/feelings/thoughts, state of minds "I" experienced during the various time of today? Have a look at the list below –
Now a thought must be strengthening in your minds, that isn't this is too much?.. the above areas which are presented to record upon are useful to monitor certain things about ourselves and will be clear in the Progress monitor sections.
Would you sit in a train or plane or car without knowing where it was going? The obvious answer is : No? Then why are you going through life without having any goals? Are you totally satisfied with the progress you are making in your Professional and Personal life? Do you have a written method to track your progress ?
The data which is a written is a representation of our activities and can be read/reviewed at regular intervals, lets say a week/fortnight/monthly. While we are glancing through the data we assimilated, we can observe our progress/collective records on certain events which would be useful. Regarding Goal Setting, we must note our progress on the tasks we had planned, what is their status, review and re-plan if necessary.
Now going back to the first section of Activity Recording, which elaborated the various things one could record, we will find that the use of recording will be clear as the recording is reviewed. Our state of mind, our personality, how we reflect it to others will be clear when we look at the record of the emotions/feelings we expressed everyday. In this way we can know the various moods we experienced thru the week, or period; and make judgments as to whether we were positive all the time, negative, silent, joyous, worried .. i.e. our mental state. In our normal hustle and bustle of life, most people do not find time to reflect on this simple but essential aspect about our mental state and emotions. However, by maintaining a diary and developing the habit of reviewing it we can keep track of our attitudes and improve on them.
This is a very useful aspect which can be utilized by maintaining the discipline of diary writing. Affirmations are Advertisements/Commercials written by You, for You. It is like writing a commercial/Ad to yourself about yourself, for yourself. Sounds Crazy, it is a bit, and very powerful too. It is a statement made in a present tense, of the kind of person you want to be. It can be both positive or negative, but should be used in positive manner. These statements will sleep into your consciousness. And since you will be listening them so often, you will soon begin to believe them. With our diary we can write affirmations everyday, read them, live with such empowering beliefs that will help to control our thoughts. Also if your diary has a 'Thought for the Day', then it will also aid in this process.
If you want to change your life fast, even thought it may seem its slow, then use affirmations, write them, read them every day; this is probably the most effective, important use the diary can be made to.
Our moods switch, someday life seems to be the best, rich, beautiful and joyous. Flipping the coin, on the other hand we find ourselves restless, bored with routine tasks as we many times say in Hindi "Aaj Puk Gaya" ; we find there is nothing to do, sitting idle, and many times we may also find ourselves lonely, far away from our beloved ones. We think where is the beautiful/cheerful life! So to get back all those joyous, happy moments, get refreshed/rejunavated, you can simply thumb through your personal diary. It will be found to be refreshing. As you will flip through the pages, you will keep your memories live, you will experience those days, and yes you definitely will, since you are simply rewinding, and replaying the recordings of your Life.
Imagine remembering every details of every day of every month of the last year – Does this seem enticing, fulfilling and satisfactory? I am doing this for the past 3 years and am glad to share my experience with all of you in this article. Positive affirmations, empowering beliefs are Proven Mind Power tools. You will experience the use of this practice, even if you get involved in the simple process of recording every day on paper, and then reading it. As time passes you will get fascinated by this discipline and start enjoying it. Diary writing is an experience worth implementing. Give it a go! Every one has to do something different to make a difference.
Do you feel Life to be Lonely, Failure, Unhappy?
This is an alternative use that Pocket/Small diaries can be made use of . This is a very different use, which involves using 3 different small diaries named :
In future –
Whenever you feel failure, think of all the Success stories by opening your Success Diary.
Instead of maintaining 3 different pocket diaries, one can keep 3 sections in their personal diary, and implement this process to suit one's needs.
Life is all about Learning,
After we leave our coaches, schools, teachers, colleges and move away from parents, work, why do we stop learning about the basics of Life? School is not over. It is never out. Jack Confield of the Chicken Soup for Soul say that in the US of America, 1 out of every 7 people goes to the book store and buys a book to learn about self, and basics of life in their entire lives. This means that 6 out of every 7 refuse to learn. Are you going to be amongst the 6 refusers!
I hope you found this information, useful and worth thinking and Implementing.
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