What I Learned From Talking to Myself

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Notion for basically everything: Note-taking, video scripting, blog writing, and journaling. For the past 30 days, since I’ve been made redundant from my job, I took it upon myself to embark on a journey of self-improvement. Part of that journey involved introspection. Something I’d shied away from, similarly to meditation, which I’ve now taken up as well and will be writing on soon enough. But, just in the way meditation helped with clearing my thoughts, journaling my thoughts at the end of the day helped keep both my positive and self-defeating emotions in check. Or at least out in the open where I could confront them. Of course, with all new things, it didn’t come immediately. It is possible to be shy even when you’re talking to yourself. But after a few days, I noticed my journals getting longer, and I found it easier to compile my thoughts into something that made sense. It was easier to look back at my day and reflect on what I thought went well, what needed improvement, and what should be avoided.

As I said, it didn’t come easy the first few days. My journals were short and I wasn’t sure what to write, or if what I wrote made sense. Which is dumb if you think it through. I’m only talking to myself after all. Below is a screenshot of my first journal when I started this on 11.20.20:

It’s small. I was self-conscious about journaling even though I’m really the one who’s going to see them. Eventually, though, I got better at sharing my thoughts with myself:

I use Notions daily journal template which asks that I detail my intentions for the day, what happened that day, the things I’m grateful for (I choose to write down 3 every day,) and my task list for the day which I combine with Notions built-in task list. I touch the journal twice a day. Once in the morning to gather my thoughts and goals and tasks for the day, and at the end of the day to reflect and gauge if I met the goals and intentions I set for myself. Below is a screenshot of my intentions from 11.22.20:

Would I recommend journaling for everyone? Absolutely. Does it need to be every day? Probably not. Especially if you’re like me and stuck in the house on quarantine:

For me, it was hard to keep track of a digital journal and remember to write in it every day. While I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying a moleskin journal, if you intend on taking up the habit of talking to yourself, remember to do it more often than not. I found myself forgetting for several days at a time that I was journaling. Once I got back into it though, I did remember the benefits.

What are the benefits? Well, self-reflection is a great tool that can be carried with you every day. If you get better at recognizing when you are being self-destructive or recognizing what you are grateful for every day, you can take that with you and it does genuinely make your days easier. Additionally, writing every day and making yourself a better writer who can organize your thoughts more clearly will pay off in dividends in your professional life. Even if you don’t intend on being a writer. Someone who can organize themselves and their thoughts will thrive.

So remember, talk to yourself. Become friends with yourself. Keep yourself accountable. You will one day thank your past self for starting that journey of introspection and for keeping you healthy, motivated, and productive.

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