Diary

What does Oprah Winfrey, for years the richest and only black women on Forbes list of billionaires, have in common with the highly decorated commander of the 3rd Army in World War II, General George S. Patton?   They are both avid diarist.

There is no question keeping a dairy will detangle your mind, clarify your emotions, and help you prioritize your activities, all of which will lead to a happier, more fulfilled, and successful you.  But, to do all that you have to be bluntly and thoroughly honest, and honesty can only happen in privacy.

Rhen, we allow you to share any day you want with anyone you would like to, with one important caveat, you can share the days you designate only upon your passing.  If you don’t want to share any of your diary, or just one day, it’s up to you.  Our first and foremost commitment is to your complete privacy.

Most writers and thinkers have kept, and do keep diaries, and journals.  So, it might be best to distinguish between diaries and journals.  A diary is a snapshot in time.  The diarist will write about the important events on a given day.  The limiter is the day.  The activities written about are connected only by their co-occurrence on a given date.

A journal is topic driven, not time or date.  A topic and perhaps related topics are written about, and examined in a somewhat formal manner.  A journal can be an essay tightly written around a subject of interest to the journalist.  It can be a discussion of more far-reaching topics, intermingled, and broad.  Many writers, in fact, recommend that aspiring writers keep a private, brutally honest journal if they ever want to become good writers.  Author, Madeleine L’Engle, in her advice to aspiring writers said, “(If) you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you.”

This advice is germane for keeping a diary well.  In fact, keeping a diary, and a journal together is the best you can do for yourself.  It’s exercise for your soul.  It’s uplifting for your spirit.  It’s essential for your sanity, happiness, and success.  Keeping a diary teaches us to be with ourselves, to bear witness to our experience, and to delve into ourselves, to clarify, to learn, and move forward.

Some say, Anais Nin was the most prolific diarist, one could say, the most persistent as well, having started when she was 11, and continuing until her death at 74.  In 1946, she spoke the benefits of keeping a diary at Dartmouth.  She described diary keeping as an invaluable sandbox not only for learning the art of writing, but also for  placing focus one’s passions, and passions, from which all creative writing work springs.  She observed once, that a diary, also builds a bridge between our present selves and our future ones.

The future Nobel laureate observes, in the diary I only wrote of what interested me genuinely, what I felt most strongly at the moment, and I found this fervor, this enthusiasm produced a vividness which often withered in the formal work. Improvisation, free association, obedience to mood, impulse, bought forth countless images, portraits, descriptions, impressionistic sketches, symphonic experiments, from which I could dip at any time for material.

Other famous writers such as Henry Davis Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank, Virginia Wolf,  were all avid diarists.

The benefits, in fact, the necessity of keeping a diary is well-documented throughout time.  There are  many sub topics and benefits to keeping a diary, as well.

For example, You Should Keep a Professional Diary, which has surprising benefits.

To reap the benefits of regular diary writing, find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted while you write. Create a routine where you write at the same time every day, and devote at least 15 minutes to the endeavor.

By carving out time from our busy lives to reflect on our unique perspectives, experiences, insights, and ideas a given day, we learn and evolve more completely. By exploring our progress from to day freely and without judgment, we give ourselves the space to develop and grow.

Writing in a diary is cathartic.  Describing a fear, a challenge, a setback is helpful in learning to deal with those fears.  Often, just identifying a fear just by itself is helpful.  Suppression of emotions is such a drain on brainpower.

Men seem to benefit from writing about their feelings more than women.  The reason might be that women more freely put their feelings into words, so this is less of a novel experience for them. For men it's more of a novelty,"

You may be able to remember at least a couple of the dreams you had this week, but can you remember any of the dreams you had last year. Most of our dreams get lost in time shortly after we have them.

Writing down our dreams however gives us a record, and when you read this record you’ll find that the dreams come flooding back in vivid detail.

Dreams can tell us about ourselves and about what’s on our mind at the time – and even if you’re sceptical of dream analysis it’s clear that they can sometimes be quite enlightening. Dreams can actually be useful as a tool for creativity and can help you to think in a different way.

Dream memory are fleeting, so go to your diary in eJournal immediately an write what you remember.  You can use your smartphone, which is usually right next to your bed, and simply sign on to eJournity and dictate your dreams into your eJournity diary.

The really great thing about eJournity is that your diary is only as far away as your smartphone.  If you remember some other aspect of your dream, your access to your diary is only as far away as the eJournity App.

You can also grow at work by keeping a work diary.  There are. In particular, there are four reasons for keeping a work diary: (1) focus, (2) patience, (3) planning, and (4) personal growth.  Perhaps the most important benefit is personal growth. Keeping regular work diaries, which took no more than ten minutes a day, gives many of us a new perspective on ourselves as professionals and what improvements are necessary.  You may notice that you have a pessimistic approach to a project, for example.

eJournity, of course, provides for you what no ordinary diary can.

It is always accessible through your smartphone, so you never have to carry your diary with you.

If you lose your phone, your diary is inaccessible.
 
You never risk losing your diary and losing your months or years of entries, or being embarrassed if someone finds and reads your diary.
 
In the event of your passing, you can ensure that your family and friends don’t just read everything you wrote.  They are granted access by you to only those areas you want them to see, and this is done seamlessly every time you make an entry.
So, go ahead and do what every successful person has done, and is doing, keep a detailed, honest, and private diary, and realize the full benefits of keeping a diary.