I keep journals. Lots of them. I have writing journals for my most important projects. I also keep personal journals.
Why all this journaling? Many reasons. It keeps me sane, and focused for a start.
Over the next few weeks, as 2012 ends and we settle into 2013, I’ll be writing more about journals, and how you can use them to not only write more, but also to make more money.
I’ll also be giving you some journaling tips.
Here’s a brilliant tip which is totally new to me. 4 Ways Your Email Can Improve Your Journal suggests:
“Find Forgotten Content
Similar to remembering your life, sometimes you can find entire emails that can basically be used as entries. The trick for this one? Search your outbox (sent) folder. Look for emails you may have written to close family and friends and you will realize that many of your thoughts, feelings and aspirations have already been written down. You just have to find them! Use the feature listed above (in #1) to just forward your email to a special address.”
You can use emails you’ve sent to clients, editors, and others as entries in your journals, as well as messages they’ve sent you. It’s a great way to keep track of what’s important.
As we get ever busier, with more things to distract us AND more things to do, journaling will help you in many ways.
A tip if you’re a SYWON (Sell Your Writing Online Now) member: start a SYWON journal to both track your progress and to store your ideas for making more money from your writing.