Over the years, I have sporadically thought about keeping a journal. Recently, I have been thinking about it a lot more. Life moves quickly and sometimes I worry that I have already forgotten much more than I remember of these past several years. But, as a busy, working mom of two young children, I have always dismissed the idea as a time-consuming indulgence. That was until I read a very interesting post on MyDomaine about “The Surprising Professional Reason You Should Keep A Diary.” The post cites to an article in the Harvard Business Review and states, “According to a recent article in Harvard Business School, keeping a journal is one of the simplest secrets to being an outstanding leader.” Apparently, keeping a journal allows you to explore new ideas freely and without judgment, which gives them space to develop and grow.
That is all I needed to hear. I am inspired. But, I am also realistic. I have never been good at doing something every day. When I have to do something on a daily basis, it very quickly starts to feel like a chore to me. This time, however, I have decided that if I have a fun or beautiful journal where I can record my thoughts and ideas, writing in a journal may not feel like a chore. And, there is no lack of beautiful notebooks out there. Here are some, from perfectly feminine to clean and crisp, that would inspire me to write.
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What do you think? Do you keep a journal? If not, are you inspired to try?