The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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I love to write. 


I got started here in The Rain way back in 2007. And I can say I have written a blog post or two. Not as many as some of you have done (you MillionPLUS point kinda people) but I've done them. And I've fallen on and off the wagon more than once. 

I'm hanging on to the side of the wagon now, and I will get back on it! It's tough....I've got THREE, yes, THREE places to blog and work on. There is MyMidtownMojo, my main site I started back shortly after joining Active Rain. I'm learning how a site can fall down, and hard, when you don't work it on a regular basis. My second site is MyAtlantaMojo. I created that site when I decided I need to expand my market area. Here in ATL, when people see "Midtown" and you are in any kind of suburban area, they look at you like you just might be a three-headed monster. "What are you doing here, this is not Midtown?" I get asked. So, I now have two sets of business cards and two sites to maintain.

And there is Active Rain. Still ranks when you post here, and so I need to focus here too.

Oh, and somewhere in there, sell some real estate.

Back to the writing. 

The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Another goal is to journal. I'm one of those people that you can ask, "Hey, remember when we first discovered our secret spot?" my life-partner will say to me. "Ah, no, I don't." And he can remember almost the exact date and time. 

But, if I journal about it, I can "flip to that page" in the journal, and BAZINGA...... it's like that moment in time happened just a day ago. I can remember it in so much more detail. 

Now, the challenge is actually journaling. My handwriting is something else, and if I do a handwritten journal, there is little there. But with technology and my Mac and journal is almost always in my hand or in my pocket. 

Enter Day One.

It's an app for us Apple geeks, but I'm sure PC users could find something that is much the same and would work on the Android system. 

In a nutshell, I can make a journal entry from anywhere, either on my laptop, my iMac, or my iPhone, and the journal entry syncs across all three devices. SHREEK!!!!

Now, I'm not keeping up like I need to....and so here we go! It's like I now have FOUR PLACES TO BLOG!

But when I DO journal, it's such a mental relief. Not only do I reflect on the events of the day (and the app allows you to upload multiple photos on the paid version which I have) but I kind of treat it like my best friend. I'll "tell my journal" all kinds of things I've been thinking...and it's like getting stuff off my chest in a way. 

One day, someone will read it and yikes....they will be in for one helluva story. 

So, do you journal? How do you do it? 

I'd love to know how it works for you. Do you journal at the end of the day? First thing in the morning to remember yesterday? 

Oh, I need to go catch up.




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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great post, love it. Yes, I try to journal, like you say it doesn't always happen every day. Generally I journal when I have a quiet moment, it may be at the start of the day, sometimes mid day, sometimes in the evening. I use a book and a pen. I include what I am grateful for, what is happening, where I am with goals etc. I will include a quote I like or have seen and sometimes that is what sparks me to write, it gets my juices going and wham there is me writing my journal. Enjoyed your post and good luck with the multiple sites.

Apr 09, 2018 07:24 AM #24
Warren Schutt
Warren Schutt Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Helping People with Their Moves for over 36 Years

I journal weekly these days, but had journaled daily for many years. I have 5 books safely hidden away which are not so much a history of things I've done; instead they are an honest collection of my feelings.

I find that handwriting allows me to connect directly to my heart, body and mind - and with my handwriting, few would be able to read much of what I have written. It has been a place of catharsis as well as celebration. Sometimes reading back through what I have written, I am surprised at some unconscious thoughts that show up.

Our lives are driven by what we think and feel. Keeping a journal has been helpful to my being mindful of what is driving me. It has allowed me to evaluate and reprogram some of my thoughts and feelings which has been essential to my personal growth and happiness.

Apr 09, 2018 09:10 AM #25
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Thom Abbott ~ thank you! Your post inspires me. I also have fallen in love with writing (thanks to AR.) I've never even thought about journaling my most inner thoughts but (I have to admit) the thought of it is exciting. And then add the app and it excites me even more. Once again, thanks for the thoughtful post, I can't wait to give it a go

Apr 09, 2018 10:04 AM #26
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You are right about storing our memories and lifetime events in a journal.  Even with blogging, I often revisit dates by searching an event I posted about.

Apr 09, 2018 05:22 PM #27
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing, Thom Abbott. I've started & stopped keeping a journal may times to there isn't a consistency I am comfortable with. That said, for about the last year, I've been using MS Excel to keep quick notes through the course of a day, and Evernote to expand on them as needed... I like Excel because I can filter & search fairly specific topics and get a time-line.

As you said, finding 'old' notes makes things come back 'like yesterday'!

Apr 09, 2018 07:27 PM #28
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thom Abbott Keeping journal is the best way to 'track' what has happened in our life (and business, if you include that, too.)

Apr 09, 2018 11:08 PM #29
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

My Grandpa kept a journal since he was 16.  He accomplished so many things and reading it was fun.  I felt like he left a huge part of him behind for me.  

Apr 10, 2018 06:33 AM #30
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker

Good post. I used to keep a journal but then with computers everywhere, I stopped that daily routine. I have not cracked open that journal in a very long time. Do I even know how to hand-write anymore?! 

Apr 10, 2018 07:00 AM #31
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

"I find that handwriting allows me to connect directly to my heart, body and mind - and with my handwriting, few would be able to read much of what I have written."

Couldn't have said it better myself but these days my handwritten journal falls to the wayside most of the time.

Apr 10, 2018 07:15 AM #32
John Marshall - FORE!
The K Company Realty - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Thom Abbott  I have been writing every morning for about 10 years, I understand there are voice to journal apps, but I personally find it is much more "therapeutic" for me to put pen to paper, I have 3 full boxes of journals I have written and that has evolved into writing a book that I am hoping to complete by the end of the year.

 As you mentioned it is such a mental relief and I find on those rare days when I did not find time, I am off that day.

Apr 10, 2018 08:29 AM #33
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Interesting post. I just purchased a journal and look forward to the benefits.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Apr 10, 2018 09:02 AM #34
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I have tried and never kept up a pepper journal many times. I had success with a digital journal about my gardening, or a vacation. After. Few months I usually lose interest. But I did enjoy being able to add photos. Keep it up and it will be fun to go back and read them one day.

Apr 10, 2018 11:27 AM #35
Bart Vickrey
Bart Vickrey & Co Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

The journal (Macbook and Google Docs) is many things to me.  It is a step in the process to devloping super powers.  It is free therapy.  And it is the perfect way to lock down legacy.  One of the comments mentioned her grandfather's journals and his legacy.  This one reason is my biggest why.  I've journaled regularly since June of 2014, and every day (about every day) since June of 2016.  I have simple goal for each day: 100 Words.  If I can get to 100 words in a day - it counts.  Of course almost every day is way more than 100 words, but the goal drive the behavior.  Keep up the good work!

Apr 10, 2018 11:56 AM #36
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The only time in my life I kept a journal was when I was a teen. Later in life I destroyed it because I had written stuff in it that I didn't want my children finding and reading some day. LOL



Apr 10, 2018 12:04 PM #37
Renée Fishman
Halstead Real Estate - New York, NY
Create Space For Your Best Work.

Thom, this is a great post. I have been using DayOne for years and it has made a huge difference for me.

I started using it sporadically in 2012 and began daily journaling when I started my daily fitness first practice in late August 2013. I haven’t missed a day since.

I journal throughout the day.
I start with a morning check-in using a template I created. I end with a practice called My Daily Recap™️, a 5-Part journal template I created to summarize the day.

In between, I journal about my day. Sometimes just what I’m doing and my reflections. Other times it’s more of a Time Log, and sometimes just random thoughts and observations. I average 6-7 entries a day, usually a few thousand words total, sometimes more. I have 10,000 word journal entries.

Many of my blog posts start in DayOne. Keeping that daily journaling practice has helped me now stick to a daily blogging practice (at

Sometimes I wonder if it’s a waste of time to journal (I can get meta - journaling about my writing, for example) but then when I look back and review my journals I find amazing insights and nuggets. I’m never sorry I journaled when I review them in retrospect.

Before DayOne, I was never able to keep a consistent journal. But I love the freedom of having it with me everywhere and being able to journal throughout the day.

- I connect my social accounts so I can pull in my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts. This also allows me to have a record of my blog posts with links.
- when I write long comments on other people’s blog posts (like here) I often copy it and paste it into DayOne, with a link to the site. It helps me keep tabs on how I spent my time, as time commenting on blog posts often “disappears.”

By the way, regarding your 3 places to write: my blog isn’t specific to real estate. I write more about navigating change and personal development, which is really the core of my business. As I say: I’m a coach for people navigating change. (And I do have a coaching practice that doesn’t involve real estate at all). My specialty area is defined by people, not postal codes. I offer that as an example so perhaps you can find a way to write without feeling the pressure to fill 3 sources!

Apr 10, 2018 03:04 PM #38
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Congrats on the Gold Star Thom Abbott - Coming from the corporate world, I had to document everything. I have not taken the time to journal on a regular basis but I realize how cathartic it can be and it seems that you as well as many others have a good routine going.  I will check out "Day One". 

Apr 11, 2018 08:01 AM #39
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have to start another new journal now.  For Cooper.  I have one to give give Abigail.  I keep waiting for it to be the right time to give it to her.  If I don't find it then she can have it when I'm dead and gone.  I've also started a cooper facebook page.  he can't see it.  It's "unpublished", but I'm also hoping when he's say ... the page I am now that it will be meaningful to him that I wrote to him from before he was born.

Apr 13, 2018 02:08 PM #40
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

PS- just downloaded the app on my phone.

Apr 13, 2018 02:13 PM #41
Earl White
House Heroes LLC - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Real estate investor in South Florida.

I journal every morning. It's one of the best parts of the day 

Apr 14, 2018 04:15 AM #42
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Documentation of one's life has driven many people to write memoirs. Journalling is a good habit to get into, though. Thank you for sharing! 

Apr 14, 2018 08:39 PM #43
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