How writing in a journal can make you more organized.
I came across this article recently: Here's How To Use A Bullet Journal For Better Mental Health. And a few months ago one of my fellow NAPO-CT Chapter members gave a presentation on journaling. Putting these two together got me thinking about how journaling could be a good tool to get one started on an organizing journey.
If you're someone who keeps a journal already, you could pick one prompt a day for a month to focus on. If you're new to journaling, just jotting down a line or two in response to these questions and statements might provide some clarity around your organizing goals or unlock your thinking around some of your stumbling blocks to better organization.
When was the last time I felt organized?
What is my definition of being organized?
What are the clutter hotspots that stress me out the most?
What would I do with more empty space in my home?
What is it about my clutter that keeps me up at night?
What would I do in my home once it's organized?
When was the last time I had company over?
What do I want people to remember about me when I'm gone?
If I could wave a magic wand, what would I want to be removed from my home?
If I could change one thing about my house what would it be?
What do I wish I had been taught about being organized at a young age?
What's the best purchase I've ever made? Why?
What's the worst purchase I've ever made? Why?
I'm afraid people will ________ if they know about my disorganization.
Where is one place I feel most like myself? Why?
What are my short-term and long-term goals for my home?
Who or what gives me comfort? How?
What do I do for self-care?
Where am I compromising my own joy? What can I do about it?
List 5 things that I'm grateful for.
What do I think my life would be like if I didn't have ______ ?(anger, depression, OCD, anxiety, chronic disorganization, hoarding)
Write about my victories this week.
Write about 3 of my best talents.
Write a thank you letter to an object I am going to say goodbye to.
My ideal day would look like ______________.
How can I treat myself today without acquiring anything?
Write about a role model of mine of who is organized.
When was the last time I got rid of something? How did I feel?
Name three words that describe my organizing style right now and three words I would like to use to describe my organizing style in the future.
What is one thing I can do today to feel more organized?
Journaling may be the best self-help tool we know. By using these prompts you get to know yourself better and they help you gain a different perspective on your life, behaviors, and emotions.
Research has shown that journaling strengthens immune cells and reduces the impact of stressors on your physical health. Lastly, one could look at journaling as an act of self-care as it can help you gain calm and clarity through writing.
In essence, it's a like a mental de-cluttering process whereby you're getting your jumbled thoughts onto paper to begin the process of sorting them through.
Are you a journaler? Which prompt spoke to you?