Writing can be a relaxing and calming pastime. When I think about writing, the images that pop into my head are of someone sitting in a field notepad in hand or ensconced in a cozy office with a hardwood desk and stacks of books all around.
Writing should not be thought of as an activity only for those who write for a living or have time to enjoy such luxuries; it can be enjoyed by everyone. Some of the benefits of writing include expansion of your perspective, a greater appreciation of the joys of life, and increased mindfulness and self-awareness. All good!
If you aren’t sure how to get started so you can enjoy the benefits of writing, here are some tips and tools that may help.
Keeping a journal
The most common way to get into writing and to practice getting your thoughts down is to keep a journal. This is similar to a diary, but you’re not just writing about what happened in your day, you are writing about anything and everything that you want.
You can start by writing once a week, or even once an hour; it’s completely up to you. Whether you are writing about your day, putting down goals you want to achieve, or just elaborating on a random thought that pops into your head, keeping a journal allows you to easily log and manage your thoughts.
There are a number of books that describe the personal benefits of journaling, including Joyce Chapman’s Journaling for Joy and the Joy of Journaling by Bonita Wasniewski.
Set goals and targets
Putting goals and aspirations in writing makes them more concrete and can help you reach them. Instead of just thinking, “Okay. Today, I’m going to eat healthily and do lots of exercises,” thoughts that can quickly be forgotten if it’s simply floating around your mind, write it down.
Periodically read your goals back to yourself as a way to motivate and inspire yourself in everyday life. It doesn’t matter how big or small each goal is, whether you’re going to eat a better breakfast, get up earlier, or try and aim for a new career, write it down and aim for it.
Progressing your career
Of course, writing is a huge part of any business, and writing on your own time will help improve your writing skills over time. This can directly affect your performance at work in a positive way. You’ll be able to communicate better with people in the workplace, as well as with customers, which will make you more effective with the people you interact with.
“Writing in the form of a journal or diary can help you plan what you’re doing in your career, helping you to progress further than you thought was possible,” says Nick Smith, a writer from Elite Assignment Help.
Improve your listening skills
Of course, it’s entirely possible to write simply about what you know and what you’re thinking, but this isn’t real life. In your life, you’ll always be talking to other people and listening to what they say, as well as their point of views.
By purposefully writing to become mindful, you will find that you start to listen more to conversations and give people your full attention, helping you become more present throughout your day-to-day life.
Use online tools
It can take years to master the art of writing, and it can get quite frustrating when you’re not as good as you want to be. Here are some tools that can help you get better and better.
- Academadvisor – online writing service where you can connect with other writers who can share experiences and advice.
- Revieweal – online writing community that can help you improve your grammar skills.
- State of Writing – online blog with a ton of resources on everything related to writing
- AustralianHelp – online writing community full of professional writers who can help you write, as well as writing guides you can follow. This community is recommended by Best Australian Writers.
- My Writing Way – online blog with an extensive list of posts and articles on writing for mindfulness.
- Paper Fellows – writing service that can help you proofread and edit your work while improving your skills. The Huffington Post covered these services in their “Write My Essay“ feature.
- Via Writing – online blog with information that can better your overall writing skills.
Explore the world
To write properly, captivatingly, and for mindfulness purposes, you’re going to need a bit of an understanding of the world. The more you write, the more you’ll begin to explore new concepts and new ideas, feeding your curiosity on the world.
The more you explore the ideas in your head, the more you’ll want to get out into the world and explore everything, continuously adding your brain, mind, and memories, all the beautiful things that you want to see.
Helping you to come up with new ideas
Have you ever been stuck trying to figure something out, whether it’s a new book that you want to read, a new project that you want to involve yourself in, or even just a creative thought that you want to try out? Whatever is it, thinking about it over and over again in your head is typically one of the worse ways to approach it.
Instead, why not use writing, either on a plain bit of paper or even in your journal, to write down your ideas and to plan for it. This action will help you to organize your thoughts and can even help you to progress your thinking pattern so you can knuckle down and brainstorm effectively.
Increase your ability to understand
We all know someone who is completely closed off to new ideas and concepts and can’t accept them unless it’s something they already know. The more receptive you become to new ideas and the more you explore, hand in hand with the point above, the more you’ll be able to find out what you truly believe in and want out of life.
Mary Walton is a professional editor and online tutor, currently living in Santa Monica. She lived in Australia for ten years and gained her degree in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Her current freelance role allows her to travel around the world and take in different cultures.
Mary’s tutoring work has allowed her to explore education in all of its guises. She’s worked with people of all ages as they’ve made their way through their educational careers, from starting school to graduating from university.
By writing about what she’s learned about education during her career, she hopes to show readers that education doesn’t just happen in the classroom, it happens all around us. By sharing what she’s learned, she hopes others will start to love learning just as much as she does.
Mary Walton is a proofreader at BoomEssays services. She also blogs at Simple Grad, her blog for college students. Mary enjoys tutoring on websites like Academized, where she helps students improve their writing abilities.
In her spare time, she also loves surfing and expressing her creative side through painting.