The sales copy sold you on the idea; did all the promises come true? The promised benefits of keeping a journal are remarkable. Greater creativity and self-awareness, serenity, stress relieve, and enhanced relationships are a sampling of promises provided for daily writing.
Thankfully Google didn't return a list of journal promises that included six-pack abs, $1,000,000 in the bank, and sparkling white teeth in 30 days.
The promises of journaling are similar to meditation, in that the longer you do the practice, the better the results. Four hours of journaling on a Sunday afternoon is not as effective as 15 minutes each day.
Explorers Marco Polo and William Clark documented their discoveries on a regular basis. Leonardo Da Vinci filled his journal with incredibly descriptive writing and drawings throughout his life.
How is it working for you?
How has your creativity expanded since journaling?
Have you found yourself more self-aware?
Has the practice provided a sense of serenity?
Where do you most notice the difference?
How has journaling improved your relationships? Have certain groups been more affected by your changes than others (i.e., work vs. home)?
What areas were you hoping for a greater impact? Why has this area fallen short of your expectations?
How have changes surprised you?
What other question did I miss?