You have probably written down your resolutions, or perhaps just tucked them at a corner in your mind. Whichever the case, there are probably some aims you hope to fulfil in 2021. One sure way of making your resolutions come to pass is by cultivating discipline. We all know that discipline is no easy feat to achieve because it requires daily habits to be engrafted in a person. A guaranteed way to achieve discipline is by writing, and no, I don’t mean that you need to write a novel. Simply cultivating some writing habits can go a long way in instilling discipline, and in turn help you achieve your resolutions. You see, writing orders your thoughts. Writing is not just a mastery, but it is a discipline. Writing in any form ‘forces’ your brain to keep focused away from all distractions life has to offer. One of the three areas of the brain writing engages is the frontal lobe which is responsible for movement, reasoning, judgement, planning, and problem solving. With this in mind, here are three writing habits to get you started in your planning and achieving of your New Year’s resolutions:
Writing Habit #1: Journaling
Journaling is not just for 5th graders who keep a secret diary under lock and key. Keeping a daily or weekly record of your thoughts, observations, and activities goes a long way to tracking your mental patterns and daily practices. Journaling acts as a monitor of yourself, and will help you review areas of your life that require reinforcement or change. It will help you see your thought pattern in an unbiased way. In essence, journaling helps you become a better version of yourself by creating awareness of how you perceive the events in your life. By capturing your feelings and attitudes, you will find it easier to pinpoint positive attitudes to be reinforced and negative attitudes that need to be discarded. Journaling also propels you to your goal because it creates a sense of vision. The constant habit of journaling also creates discipline because it requires you to stick to it. Other benefits of journaling include:
- Stress management
- Helps in trauma recovery
- Enhances creativity
- Provides emotional and mental relief
- Enhances memory
- Boosts overall sense of gratitude
- Makes you a better writer
Writing Habit #2: Create a To-Do List
Daily resolutions make yearly resolutions and ultimately lifetime resolutions. One of the things that can hinder you from achieving your resolutions is not practising discipline in our daily habits. It is common to get overwhelmed or distracted with daily routine that you may end up not doing the things you had planned to do. What ends up happening is that you accumulate a myriad of unfished tasks that boils to ‘Till next year’. What ended up becoming a daily procrastination ends up being a year’s loss. This where a to-do list comes in handy. As the name states, a to-do list is a written list of what you need to get done in a day, or in a week – depending on your preferences
What to include in your To-Do List:
- Time details of when exactly is task to be performed. It also helps to figure how many hours a task will take for planning purposes
- Task details of what exactly needs to be done
- Due dates with tasks written in order of their due dates
- Description of what task will affect another if left uncompleted. This will create a sense of urgency
- New habits to be formed in order to achieve a certain task
Highlighting important details will ensure that you do not miss out on any important details. In addition, out your to-do list somewhere visible where you can constantly see and refer to.
Writing Habit #3: Have an Idea Book (Free Writing)
While writing makes your brain aligned to the task at hand, allowing your mind to speak for itself helps you birth new and unexpected ideas to reach your goals. The brain is not a static organ but churns out new thoughts and ideas that we didn’t know existed. It is important to capture such inspirations, and this is where free writing comes in. Having an idea book to write down all helpful ideas that you think of or come across is one of the things you need this year. Your ideas can be versatile. It can be related to work, new business ideas, home ideas, or personal development. Ideas are not limited and so your idea book should not be limited. It could even be spiritual inspirations including remarkable dreams and visions you receive. Whatever comes to mind at the moment, promptly write it down before the busyness of life makes you forget. Having an idea book will prove to be of great importance when you have the time and resources to implement these ideas. It will help you make sense of many things in your life.
Summing it Up
Your writing does not need to have any clear structure. In fact, it does not have to be grammatically correct! However, it is important to write in a way that you will understand what you actually wrote, or were trying to mean. This is because these three records need a constant referral to be of actual use to you. Don’t just write and keep your records away, but set aside regular time to reread investigate and reflect on them. The format of your writing can be handwritten in a notebook or digitally on a laptop, tablet, or phone as long as it remains accessible to you. All in all, starting these three writing habits will significantly contribute to the achieving of your resolutions not just in 2021, but at any start of the year.