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In-the-Moment Journaling

A variation on that potent self-help tool.

Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain
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Sure, counselors have special training and may be able to see you more objectively than you can. But journaling offers advantages: You’re not ceding agency to anyone, the counselor’s biases can’t creep in, you may know yourself better than a counselor does, you can use your journal more than weekly, and no matter how many “sessions” you choose to have, they're free.

There is a variation on journaling that I believe is superior and, to my knowledge, hasn’t been proposed. Most people journal, at most, daily. That means that in-the-moment thoughts, feelings, and experiences get filtered by the hours, perhaps with loss of accuracy. Or the nuggets themselves get forgotten.

To avoid that, I carry and suggest my clients carry a pocket-sized memo pad. (I use Flipnote ) or use the notepad on their phone, and get in the habit of jotting down worthy thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they occur.

Then, if you wish, at night, review your notes and transcribe those to your journal that survive that test of time.

The Takeaway

In our ever more complex times, we sometimes unnecessarily turn to complex solutions. Occasionally, a simple low-tech approach such as in-the-moment journaling is well worth trying.

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