Journals

ProfHacker writes about Journaling.

Since writing is central to what we do in higher education, that’s the focus of this particular entry. We have written previously about systems or programs that help you write, 750words.com, Reverb10, writing groups, and using a book to help stay focused and get work done. Today, however, we focus on a different type of writing, and this style of writing is easy to do every day: journaling.

Journaling is the practice of keeping a record of what you are thinking and doing over a span of time, but it’s much more than only a listing of events. (A calendar serves that function.) Journaling is a tool that can help you explore your emotions or thoughts, but the act of journaling can also help you explore ideas and show you insights you might have not recognized. Are you concerned about your teaching? Journal about it. Do you have an idea for a publication but it’s a bit fuzzy in your head? Journal about it. Are you feeling uncertain about your work? Journal about it. Journaling can help you think more clearly about complex issues.

The articles gives a list of other benefits to journaling.

I have journaled via blog for eight years. I journaled on my computer for about six years prior to that. Before that I journaled on paper and in pen.

My dad journaled for 48 years. We just split the journals up between the four siblings. Dad identified one of us as the “audience” for each book.

Journals are amazing things. I like when I can include reading journals in my classes. Perhaps I should have included one for Brit Lit II. It’s not too late!

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