Have you ever wanted someone to write about you?
Or have you ever wanted to write about yourself?
Even if you haven’t, then writing a diary might still be for you.
Somebody might just be able to learn something about your life (even if that somebody is you).
Writing a diary might not seem like the most fun thing to do. You might be worried about your privacy, you might not have the time, or you might think you live an uninteresting life and writing about it just makes it unproductive.
Why should you start writing a diary?
You can record your life:
Not everyone is famous. But everyone is unique. Write whatever happened with you. You are the ever forming product of the events and your reactions to them
You can brainstorm:
Stuck with a problem? Can’t share it with anyone? Your diary is ever ready to listen to you.
You can dump your feelings:
No one wants to talk to you? You can dump all your feelings on it. It will not shoo you away. Nor will it ignore you. It will take all the pain and makes you feel lighter.
Your goal tracker:
Write down your goals. Pin that page on the top. Every time you visit it, it keeps reminding you of them.
Your health tracker:
It has a reply for “When was the last time I was down with fever or cold?”
Your mood tracker:
How many times have you cried lately? Your brain might lie. But this will present the facts to you as they are. Nothing to lie. Nothing to feel ashamed of. Truth as it is. You can fix those mood swings.
Your writing skills improve:
Do you struggle to express yourself? Over time, you will notice how easy it is to communicate. Your relations will improve along with your communication. But then you have to start writing first.
A mirror flaunts only your outer beauty. A diary shows your inner beauty.
Are those reasons enough for you to try writing a diary?
Yeah! But I don’t know where to start.
How to start writing a diary?
Online/ Offline or Soft copy/ Hard copy:
Decide that first. A lot of people fret over privacy. I suggest Evernote or WordPress private blog for these writers. At the other end of spectrum are the writers who press on writing with pen on paper. You can go for a diary with lock or lock your diary in a safe place.
Time of the day:
A lot of them don’t write because they forget or feel tired at the end of the day. So decide when you want to write. Keep a reminder till it becomes a habit. The best way to write is whenever you think you want to share something for yourself. Read the uses of it here.
Now that you have set the basics in place, you might be wondering what to write.
What to write?
What did you do today?
It is the easiest diary prompt. At the end of the week, if you are doing the same thing every day, at least for the sake of writing something interesting in the diary you will want to change your routine.
Write down three things for which you are grateful for today. Easy to write. It also improves happiness in the longer run.
Once you are comfortable with the easy prompts, go a step ahead, discuss with diary your goals. Even ten years down the line it is going to tell you what goals you have achieved and what have remained as dreams.
You are sensitive to your surroundings. At times you react in a way which you should not be actually reacting. You can trust your diary with that. It will not make you feel guilty. It will only tell you what to do next time.
You can write about a lot of other things too. Customize to suit yourself. Let me know what do you write about in your diary in the comments section.
Happy diary writing!