I love writing out my thoughts- it’s therapeutic and makes the chaos in my head much more simpler.
Keeping a journal never resonated with me until I shifted my vocabulary and started referring to this clearing of the mind as “thinking time”.
My thinking time is super relaxing and is an intentional session when I let all the thoughts that have been swirling around in my head out on paper.
Thinking time helps me to…
- Explore ideas and the creative imagination
- Prioritize my problems, fears and concerns
- Track emotions, feelings, and thoughts
- Work through negative energy
- Look at life objectively
- Learn from mistakes and resolve issues
- Connect with Nature and Oneness
I typically write anywhere from 2 minutes to 30 minutes on average daily- could be less, could be more it all depends on the day and what I’m feeling!
Thinking sessions have no limits and no thinking session is better than the other.
Relieving Mental Pressure
Getting my thoughts out on paper instantly relieves my mind of pressure.
This added pressure is the result of repeatedly thinking about something.
Even thinking of something as simple as needing to pick up a certain item from the store the next day… in an obsessive manner… over and over again- only makes the situation seem bigger.
Imagine a bunch of small thoughts- growing larger with intensity- the more you think about them…
No wonder why life feels overwhelming at times… we’re dealing with lots of unnecessary emotion!
The small stuff grows into big stuff, and that can leave us paralyzed with no motivation to take action because we’re drained of so much energy.
What’s the Solution?
If we were to take 2 minutes to sketch out thoughts and ideas… life will feel much lighter, more organized, and we’ll have way more energy.
Thinking time could be in the morning, throughout the day, at night… or all three!
Where to Begin with Thinking Time
Thinking sessions are super beneficial for your health and wellness, and I highly recommend them!
Sitting down daily to think is often overlooked but can be easily incorporated into your day. Working on this skill will help you to realize true clarity and your full potential.
Grab a book with empty pages- could be a copybook, spiral notebook, a binder with loose leaf, whatever you are drawn too. I’ve more recently been using Google Keep on my phone and love it (color coded, tags, can add people to the note).
Date the entry and write whatever comes to mind…
When any to-dos or ideas come up throughout the day, I like to write them into a specific section / note to get extra organized. For example, on Google Keep I have a ‘Needed Fixes’ note and ‘Ah-Has’ note – I then use these notes for my weekly meeting where Joe and I review our wins, ah-has, and needed fixes for the week. We’ve been doing it for years now and swear by this system for practical personal improvement.
Below are some thought-provoking questions I’ve appreciated in the past:
- What truly makes me happy?
- How could I incorporate more joy into my life?
- What is draining my energy?
- What am I doing that is unnecessary and unproductive?
- If I could choose one thing to do for the rest of my life what would it be?
- If I had the chance to rewrite my scripts, what would I say?
- What can I do to support my health? wealth? relationships? experiences?
Happy thinking (-: