Writing is something I try to maintain as a habit. Like most anything else, it’s easy to fall off of the wagon and have weeks go by without practicing the habit. I’m always glad when I get back to it, though.
Why write? For many years I have found that writing really helps me distill my thoughts on a topic, and truly begin to understand what I believe on the subject. I started writing for personal reflection during my college years. I’ve not practiced it continually since, but it’s always been something I was doing with regularity during seasons of life when I can look back and see growth in myself. I don’t believe that to be a coincidence.
The things I write about may be personal or business goals, challenges of parenting or marriage, relationships outside the family – really anything that’s occupying significant mental bandwidth.
Writing about questions you face in your business or career can have great value. I ran across this quote from James Clear a couple of years ago, and it resonated with me:
“Writing. Writing is thinking, and thinking is everything in business. You need to have writing if you want to have good thoughts and good strategy.”
Most of my writing is never seen by anyone else, so the majority of it is in some sort of journal or notebook. I find the pace of writing with a pen gives my mind more space to think critically, and the natural time ordered appearance of entries in a paper journal makes it easy to trace the changes to a pattern of thinking about something over time.
Should you take the time to write? I would absolutely encourage you to do so. If you never show a word of it to anyone, you will still benefit by taking the time to put your thoughts down where you can see them. You might change your own mind on something in the process.
So go write something! Write about the goals you want to achieve in 2019. Write about your reflections on 2018, what has contributed to making the year a thrilling or disappointing experience for you. Write about why you appreciate your spouse, or your children, or a pattern you would like to change in your own life. You’ll benefit just by taking the time to immerse yourself in thoughts and write them down.