Yes, sometimes the tail does wag the dog.

Journaling is more emotional and mental than physical and this is especially manifested when it becomes a consistent habit. Feelings are more easily expressed and altercations better resolved- even if only on paper.

Photo Credit - Orçun Can Yücel

Photo Credit – Orçun Can Yücel

When I was journaling daily for a few years, filling at least a page a day, one of my biggest challenges was finding enough things to write to keep up with my goal. The best entries were a balance of what I did and how I felt, and I even had to get creative with some doodles and scotch-taped in candy labels.

During this time an interesting started happening. During the day I would find myself first mentally making notes of interesting things that happened so that I could write about them later, and then eventually I would try to make interesting things happen, just so that my entry would be easier! The result was funner daily conversations and crazier stories. At points where I would stop a conversation because I didn’t want to know where it was going, I would now push the envelope just to see what would happen. Other times where I would typically say no, I now would say yes, just for the experience.

Although I don’t journal quite as faithfully in my now more responsibility laden days, I still feel this effect come into play, especially when there is something noteworthy I could do or say that I wouldn’t normally try.

My experience is individualized, of course, because everyone has their own style of journaling. Someone who opts to journal throughout the day either with a paper one or their phone can experience this same phenomenon.

Try it out and comment about an experience you have had where journaling changed your life BEFORE you even wrote it down.