Three ways writing a journal makes you a better actor
The benefits of journaling
have been studied in the past, but a recent study shows that 15 minutes of reflection at the end of the day leads to better productivity.
Acting is tough. You are placed in very stressful, emotional, and even traumatic situations. It was studied at the Center for Journal therapy, that individuals that suffer from severe illnesses found regular journaling therapeutic.
Here are three ways that keeping a journal will help your acting career.
#1. Keeping a Journal Increases Performance
In a study conducted at Harvard Business School
, employees who journaled at the end of the day had a 22.8% increase in performance in comparison to others that did not.
Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection—that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience. Reflecting on what has been learned makes experience more productive.
#2 Keeping a Journal Makes You More Creative
Regular writing can help you learn to process and communicate ideas effectively and coherently. It also allows you to memorize important information, and brainstorm new ideas. Basically, writing about your experiences not only helps you process them, it allows you to see other opportunities that were not apparent at first.
#3 Regular Writing Keeps Helps You Track Your Career
Regular writing allows you to be functional and help remind you of the mistakes that you have made and accomplishment you are proud of. The written record can come in handy when you are feeling down, and it can help you when you are unsure about what to do in the future. If you are stuck in a bad situation or about to make a major decision, a diary will help you pick out a pattern of things you want to follow for your career. It doesn't just boost your self-esteem, it helps you make more informed decisions.
For the best effects, try writing it down rather than typing your reflections for the maximum effect.
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