Writing can improve your life in many ways. But how?
1) Help you keep on top of what you’re learning
With our short-term memories limited to holding 5-9 things at a time, writing down what we learn periodically is a great way to keep track of new information. Whether this is for class work, research or personal interest- rewriting what we learn in our own words regularly not only helps it stick, but also means we can better focus on the next insight.
2) Help you become better at expressing yourself
Putting your thoughts on paper helps you better understand your thought processes by decluttering your mind and forcing you to structure them in a logical way. And the more you practice this, the better you will become at expressing yourself.
3) Improve your emotional intelligence and life satisfaction
Writing about positive emotional experiences has been shown to improve both emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. The process of examining and understanding these experiences can make you identify more with the positive emotions you felt and give you more control over how you feel.
4) Help you reach your goals
Several studies have shown that people with clear, written goals are much more likely to succeed than those who leave them less-defined. By writing the “how” and “why” of your goals, they’ll feel more meaningful, making it easier to internalise them and then deliver.
5) Help others and the future you
You’ll not only save yourself time and effort by being able to review what you’ve learned, but you’ll be helping others too. Providing them with the answers you found for important and interesting questions means that more useful knowledge is not just recorded, but also shared.