Healthy Action Step of the Day: Start the Day by Journaling

Start the day by journaling. Do you often find it hard to get focused in the morning on the things that need to get done? If so, you may want to try journaling. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling is simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. Even if you don’t have time to dive deeply into them at the moment, just getting them down on paper (or in the computer) and out of your head is a good step toward being able to get focused. Getting your mental chatter out of your system helps you to concentrate more on what you need to be doing in the present moment. It may also help you to see more clearly if you need to switch your attention to other things for the day or to simply be aware of them. 

To get started, simply take 5-10 minutes each morning and start writing. You don’t have to know what you’re going to write about when you start. Just start. Don’t go back and correct for spelling, grammar or sentence structure or to see if it’s really making sense. That’s not what this is about. This is just free-flow writing where anything goes. You may find that once you start, it’s hard to stop. If that’s the case, and you have the time, then keep going. Get as much as possible out of your system. Chances are, those few extra minutes spent writing will probably make you more productive and focused throughout the day. 

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