Wednesday, 18 July 2012

“Journal Regularly” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”-Lee Iacocca

People often find it tough to journal the important activities regularly either they think it is wastage of time or they may find it uncomfortable to jot down the things.  Some people don’t find time to write, and neglect journaling the day-to-day happenings. In fact, it is a myth if people think that it is wastage of precious time.  Here are some of the advantages of journaling:

  • If you become a consistent journaler your chances of success are higher as you stay focused on your goals and activities. Brian Tracy rightly said, “Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”
  • It helps you remove negative thoughts from your mind and engage your mind positively and productively.
  • You will be able to manage your time effectively as you know how to prioritize your tasks and schedule your priorities. Stephen R. Covey once said, “The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
  • You develop perseverance as you write down everything in a journal.
  • You capture your ideas and keep them on record for execution thus enhancing your execution skills.
  • It helps you disentangle your thoughts and provides you clarity with priority in your mind.  William Zinsser rightly remarked, “Writing is thinking on paper.”
  • It helps you differentiate between wanted and unwanted activities as it cuts the clutter.
  • It develops writing skills which are essential to become a successful professional.
  • You can go back and refer the important information whenever you want.
  • You cannot bring back your past but you can recall your past happenings by reading the past events of your life.

Write few words regularly as it helps improve your writing skills apart from serving as a reference and record for future.  Besides, it is better to ink rather than to think as things will vanish when you keep in your mind whereas whatever you journal remains in records forever and assists you in following-up.  Above all, remember that a short pencil is always better than a long memory.

"Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas. Great things come from out luncheon meetings which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. No martinis."— T. Boone Pickens

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