How many decisions do you make on a single day? The number for an average adult is 35,000, so yours is probably way higher than that. Given the absurd amount of things we tackle on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that we tend to get overwhelmed, anxious and even burnt out. As a result, not only our mental health suffers, but also the quality or output of our most important decisions.
If you’ve already tried deprioritizing tasks and saying “no” more often, then your next step is audio journaling. Saying your thoughts out loud is liberating and can help you declutter your mind from worries, anxieties or an overload of ideas. Audio journaling is also a flexible tool you can fit within your busy schedule, whether in between meetings, your 5-minute commute to the train, or on your daily relaxing walk. You can use it freely for stream of consciousness journaling or follow some goal-based prompts. As an entrepreneur, I find it particularly helpful to improve the quality of any important decisions when I’m dealing with a lot of uncertainty and changes.
Making space for key decisions
Very much like the Kon Mari method for physical objects, audio journaling can help us get rid of unnecessary thoughts and worries. When we have too many things going on at the same time, they can all create a worry spiral that can make us feel uneasy. When you feel that way, grab your Journify app (or other audio journaling option) and say whatever comes to mind for 10 minutes. Some thoughts or feelings just require to be let out so our mental fog starts to clear up. Being in the right space of mind is key for connecting the dots better. That’s why journaling has been linked to better cognitive skills and even higher IQ.
Making an important decision
When deciding on any small or big change, audio journaling helps you ensure you give it the dedicated time and space necessary to reflect on it. You can start describing the decision you’re about to make and then going into detail about the assumptions you’re making, what makes you excited about it, and also what gives you pause. By pondering on it you may keep the decision as it is but achieve a greater level of confidence or realize they’re parts of it you want to evolve.
Communicating a positive or negative decision
Big decisions usually have to be communicated and audio journaling can aid in articulating them better. Especially when we need understanding, empathy or buy-in from others. Avoid overthinking about a topic and then explaining a decision out loud for the first time in front of an audience. Instead, try explaining it out loud to your phone for the first time. You won’t only find better words to express yourself, but you’ll also learn how to control your tone better and inspire more confidence.
Reflecting on a past decision
Reflecting on big moments, feelings and decisions embarks us on a faster journey of personal growth. It’s not only helpful to declutter our brains, but also to identify our biases, channel some negative thoughts, and learn more about ourselves. By documenting what we were thinking at the time we made a decision, we’ll be able to properly analyze it in the future and learn from our mistakes or precise aha! moments. If you don’t like hearing your own voice, you can use the Journify’s app real-time transcripts to skim through past journals.
“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time” – Dracula (Mina Murray)
We all need an outlet and being too busy is a bad excuse. Over time, bottling up can negatively impact our happiness, our competency and our productivity. So, speak your mind and start enjoying the mental health benefits of audio journaling.
About your author
Lamia Pardo is the Founder of the audio journaling app Journify, performance-marketer and mental wellness advocate. She is currently audio journaling her ups and downs of 2020 for a project with the Women’s History Museum. You can find her on Linkedin or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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