How pictures can transform journalling—and you—into something even better.
I was explaining the benefits of Visual Thinking to author and good friend, Jamie Turner, over breakfast yesterday, when the subject of journaling with pictures came up — which, of course, is the way I do it.
As we all know, there are many benefits to keeping a personal or business journal. Pictures will add to and amplify those benefits dramatically. Here are ten reasons why keeping a visual journal works so well for me:
- Through pictures, I get better context about the meaningful events in my life.
- Pictures give life to the text, and allow me to contemplate more deeply about what I’ve written.
- Planning has become more concrete because I can better visualize outcomes.
- I feel more connected with what’s important through heightened awareness and memory (visuals engage more parts of the brain than text alone, and foster at least 6x better retention).
- At any point, I can quickly digest my history, flip-book style.
- Since I have to get images to “speak” with just a few lines and some color, I’ve become more attuned to details that matter.
- Drawing adds a large degree of fun to my journal, which keeps me engaged with it.
- Most journals are private, but I can easily share my pictures.
- By conjuring up visual metaphors, I’m exercising my ability to imagine and innovate.
- Pictures are “emotional” so it’s much easier to connect with what’s in my heart.
Regardless of whether you journal on paper, your computer or a mobile device (I use the iPad app “Paper” by 53), I highly recommend adding pictures to your mix. And, if you’re already using visuals, feel free to post some of your thoughts and add to the list.