Journaling a 1,000 words per day and why you should do it

Why should you write a thousand words a day?

Journaling is liberating and enlightening.

Yet, I know, journaling a thousand words every single day may sound intimidating to you.

For me, at first, it’s been terrifying. In fact, on most days, writing feels awkward to me.

After one month of writing a 1,000 words per day, it’s getting easier and easier. Once in while you’ll surprise yourself with vibrant insights your brain unleashes unto your journal.

After running the gauntlet of pressing yourself to come up with 1,000 words every single day… you’ll find…

Journaling is the best habit you’ve ever picked up

With every journaling session, you open up a secret (or neglected) “mind-drawer” of insights. Which insights? Compare journaling to watching a movie about your own life (past, present or future) in slow motion. You’re mirroring your mind’s processes onto a mental screen in a magnified fashion.

You reflect on goals (or anti-goals), your current position in life and your past. You’re defogging your vision about your life. Often, you’ll find yourself rattling your own cage (in a good way) because you may find out that you’ve been chasing the wrong goals wearing.

Sometimes, journaling has the effect of a rejuvenating meditation.

What other benefits will you get out of writing 1,00o words a day?

  • Your journal is your secret. Writing without ‘speed-limits’ liberates your thinking.
  • If you want to improve your writing skills, then keeping a journal is the perfect exercise to get better.
  • Journaling is therapeutic. Write what you don’t dare to say. Whatever you want to get off your chest, you can tell your journal.
  • Travel back in time every now and then. Much we do forget about our past. When you keep a journal, you can travel back in time, reviewing how you’ve been a few years (or months) back.  You’ll see if you’ve made any progress or if you’ve been running in circles.

What will it take?

You’ll have to write every single day.

Building a rock solid habit of is the backbone of this method. In the beginning, every word will feel awkward. You’ll be kind of ashamed of (almost) everything you write down… unless you’re already a habitual writer. Most of us have to go through an initial pain of resistance until we can write indiscriminately about what’s important to us.

The time doesn’t matter. I personally alternate between morning and late evening. Whatever feels more convenient to you.

How many words should you write?

Aim for 1,000 words a day. It’s less than you might think. Here’s the thing: If you just write, fast, without editing, without letting your critical mind interfere, then sooner or later words will just flow.

The secret? Don’t care about grammar and spelling. No one will judge. You write for yourself.

When will it become easier?

For some of you it’ll be easy right away. Others (like myself) will need to write 1 months straight before your critical mind shuts.

Learn touch-typing to double your writing speed

You can speed up your journaling. Double your writing speed with touch typing.

If you didn’t learn this already, I highly recommend learning touch typing!

Even if you won’t write your 1,000 words a day — touch typing will save you tons of time when you have to write (emails, reports, forum posts, ..) on a daily basis.

I admit, the learning curve if pretty rough and might cause you headache and stiff shoulder, but once you overcome the initial bump you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this before. Seriously!

OK, that’s it for now.  Today I’ll keep it short.




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