I may well be preaching to the choir here, as bloggers are the probably the people most likely to keep a diary and document the day to day goings on in their lives, however it’s something that I am really quite geeky about and will bang on about to anybody who’ll listen.
I filled in one of those ‘A Line A Day’ diaries every single day for five years and I was so chuffed with myself on December 31st of last year when I could turn the final page and know I had a five year account of the last five years of my life, include the quotidian mundanities as well as the big events which, fused together, became the path which led tme to where I am today. Even though this diary is now complete, I’ve continued with my persistent documenting of each day with a page-a-day 2020 diary, giving me enough space for a good rant and a blow by blow account of the day’s main talking points.
So these are my top ten reasons why keeping a diary is a good idea…we may be well into the New Year by now but it’s never too late to start!
1) Being able to look back on the diary and remember small things which happened that otherwise you might have forgotten about.
2) It’s cheaper than therapy! You can unleash all of your pent up feelings and emotions with some of the same benefits of therapy ie nobody who you know or care about hearing how it is you feel about sensitive matters.
3) If you’re having an argument with a friend or loved on, writing down your side of the argument in your diary gives you time to think about what it is you’re actually trying to say, instead of yelling it in the heat of the moment. Often I find that being able to get my point across just privately on paper is enough of a catharsis to realise that, actually, this trivial argument isn’t even worth carrying on with.
4) You never know when you’re going to need to check the specific date of an event or occasion. Three years down the line when you’re applying for car insurance and you need to know the date of that little bump…you’re sorted because you’ve got your diary to consult!
5) It’s a fantastic way to wind down at the end of the evening. Not only do you let go of any negativity you may have been holding onto during the day, it also gives you some time away from your screen to actually just think and concentrate on the paper and pen in front of you, relaxing you just before you go to sleep.
6) It doesn’t have to be grammatically correct. Hell, it doesn’t even have to make sense! It can just be an outpouring of your thoughts and emotions or a rather squiggly account of the day without the pressure of it having to be GCSE grade A with a clear structure and an overarching, engaging narrative. Just write whatever’s in your head!
7) Call me a boomer, but people don’t actually write like they used to. Writing my diary is probably the only time I physically put pen to paper, with the rest of my correspomdence being tapped out on a screen. You’ll be surprised how much your hand actually aches after scribbling a side of A5 the first time you swap your keypad for a biro!
8) It allows you to celebrate your successes or achievements without feeling self-conscious or like you’re bragging. Throw your humility out the window and list the reasons why you absolutely bossed today, without worrying whether your friends think it’s distasteful.
9) You can look back and realise that the things you were so wound up about three months ago are absolutely inconsequential now. That job interview you didn’t get, that boy who fell silent, that breakout which left you feeling embarrassed to go make-up free…you’ll see that whilst they felt like big frsutrations at the time, they really have paled into insignificance – and so too will your current problems.
10) You can track your own patterns of behaviour. Is there a certain time of the month you’re more likely to have an argument with someone close to you? Are you more irate on a particular day of the week? Does the weather affect your productivity and drive to perform well? Keeping a diary is a sure fire way of giving you some pretty sturdy evidence with which you can start recognising correlations and thus act on them to help keep yourself in your most preferable mindset.