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The Benefits of Journaling

September 1, 2023 3:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are many benefits to keeping a journal, both personally and professionally. Not only can it help improve your writing skills, which you use to communicate with clients, but it can also serve as a valuable tool for self-reflection and personal growth. When it comes to running your voice over business, it can help you keep track of failures as well as successes, “Note to self: Don’t drink five monster truck-sized sodas from a 7-ll the night before a session, thus making me a total burping machine” or “Marking up my script well really prepared me for a great session! Oh my, is that an email from that client requesting my services again already? Nice!”

First and foremost, journaling provides a safe space for self-expression. It allows you to freely share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas without fear of judgment in all areas of your life, including your career. By putting pen to paper, you can better understand your emotions and experiences, leading to increased self-awareness, which can help you run your life, and business, more honestly and effectively.

Additionally, journaling can aid in stress reduction. Writing can be therapeutic, releasing any pent-up emotions or frustrations. It can serve as a form of self-care, providing an outlet for processing difficult situations and finding solace in your own thoughts. Even when a session goes really, really well, it’s still easy to fall into “I could have said it that way…or that way…or that way. Why of course I’ll accept this Emmy award, but still..I could have said it that way.” Putting it all down on paper can get it out of your mind, so you can move on to a new day, and a new experience in your life or voice over business.

Also, keeping a journal can help improve your creativity. By regularly engaging in the practice of writing, you can unlock your imagination and explore new ideas. It can serve as a breeding ground for inspiration and innovation, allowing you to tap into your creative potential. And that creativity, well, it pours over into your voice over work. It shows up there too!

Furthermore, journaling can be a valuable tool for problem-solving. You can gain clarity and perspective as you write about your challenges and dilemmas. Seeing your thoughts on paper provides a fresh and objective viewpoint, allowing you to solve problems or make critical decisions in life and in your business.
By documenting your ideas, reflections, and experiences, you can create a valuable resource for future reference. Whether for brainstorming ideas, developing projects, or tracking progress, your journal can become a treasure trove of insights and knowledge.

Journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth, stress reduction, creativity, problem-solving, and professional development. So grab a notebook (the covers out there these days are mind boggling… 3D and all, so just shopping for a journal can be a real hoot) find a quiet space, and start writing!

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