– 英文原版 10 Reasons You Should Write Something Each Day
– Google到的另外一个链接 [每周一译]给你10个理由让你每天都做记录| 8本书 （想找这篇文章的源，不晓得这个是不是，和人家blog上的中文翻译一模一样。我觉得翻译得不好。。。）
The written word is a part of every day life. At its most basic,
writing is a way of communicating. This is the one inalienable
characteristic of writing itself, whether you’re communicating with a
colleague or friend or you’re actually communicating with yourself –
though a shopping list, for instance.
Aside from the fact that writing is an inescapable part of every day
life, there are many good reasons you should make a good session of
writing part of your daily routine, even if it’s just a few hundred
words. You don’t have to be a pro to reap the benefits of creating the
1. Remove stress from mind, place on paper
Writing can be therapeutic. It can be a way to vent all the pent-up
frustrations burdening your mind into a far less volatile form, paper
(or screen). You can address your anger, fear, worry and stress without
bludgeoning the person who embodies those emotions for you with a
Writing can serve as a form of cathartic stress relief where you
finally get to say what you can’t say out loud, in real life. Just
don’t let your vented feelings get into the wrong hands, or you may end
up paying some pretty hefty blackmail cash.
2. Sweep Your Mind
A daily writing habit gives you regular time to sweep your mind for
forgotten tasks and ideas that have been fermenting in the back of your
head without your knowledge. It allows you to take the unordered
thoughts floating around your head like lost puppies in zero gravity,
and turn them into ordered plans and actions.
This is the fundamental principle that the mindsweep and weekly
review are based on: getting everything you can think of out of your
head, and into a written format. This simple process can save your life
when things are getting overwhelming and complicated.
3. Keep Your Writing Skills Sharp
Write every day to keep your skill with the written word sharp. Like
any skill, the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and
aesthetically degrades without practice. As a result, many people who
don’t write regularly can freeze up, lost for words, on something so
simple as an email to a friend.
Writing every day, even in a stream-of-consciousness, unedited
format will maintain and gradually improve your writing skills, and
since dealing with the written word is a fundamental part of daily
modern life, there’s nothing bad about that.
4. Make Some Pocket Money
If you’re not a professional writer, pocket money is probably all
you’ll ever want to earn from your words. But if you’ve got a knack for
it and just had a great dinner at a new restaurant and written about it
for your daily pages, then isn’t it better to have a shot at getting
that review published instead of letting the piece do absolutely
These days, it’s easy to submit to many publications without
spending considerable time and money doing so. While you’re unlikely to
get too many bites without a good track record as a writer, it’s
certainly easy enough to be worth the effort, and your wallet will be
5. Turn the Noise Off
Get away from the constant low-quality input and output systems of
day-to-day life, such as meaningless small-talk and weather
conversations, text messaging, Twitter, checking the mailbox, and most
email and many websites. You receive and create barrages of useless
distractions that don’t help you or the people you know; sitting down
to write lets you get away from it all.
It’s important to keep the noise to a minimum so you can focus on
creating and receiving strong material, things that are really worth
reading and writing.
6. Enhance Your Communication Skills
Use daily writing to enhance your communication skills. In this
culture, communication is so often hampered because we don’t know how
to express ourselves, whether it be verbal or written. Writing
regularly can hone the skill of self-expression, something that is
useful in written communications such as email, and that can translate
into improved verbal communication.
If you have trouble communicating what you want or asking tough
questions, regular writing will give you a mind for structuring words
quickly to achieve the desired affect in a diplomatic way.
7. Know What You Want
Part of the reason so many people do not get what they want in life
is because they do not know what they want from it. Certainly not the
main reason that people don’t get what they want, but in so many cases
it is the obstacle. How can you get what you want or achieve your
dreams if you’re not 100% clear on what they are?
Writing each day gives you time to think carefully and reflect on
what you want to achieve the most, and develop a clearer, achievable
image and plan for that result.
8. Develop Your Analytical Skills
Writing regularly develops your analytical and rational skills.
Working through your problems with a piece of paper encourages you to
think things through clearly, in both linear (sequential) and
non-linear (creative) ways. The best solutions come from a mix of both
logical and creative thinking.
Many people tend to panic and react emotionally to their problems,
but if you’re used to solving them by processing each component of the
problem in writing, you’ll develop a better approach and skillset.
You’ll at least pause to think through the situation before hitting the
panic button next time something comes up!
9. Get Away from Technology
In #5 we talked about turning the noise off for a while, which comes
from all sorts of sources – not just tech-related sources. But another
problem of ours is our dependence on technology, and it seems that
everything that can be done on a computer, is done on a computer.
If you opt to use a pen and paper instead of a computer, you give
yourself valuable time away from technology to gather your thoughts
without constant, meaningless interruptions and distractions. But more
importantly, you give yourself time with the tactile and real.
10. Meet Yourself All Over Again
In a fast-paced society it’s easy to forget things like what you believe in and what you’re doing this
(whatever this may be) for. Letting words flow out of your brain
unedited can introduce you to a part of yourself you’d been censoring
from yourself to cope with everyday life. Why did you start down the
path you’re currently on? This is an important question whether you
consider your current path to have begun on the weekend, or a decade
Discontentment, disillusionment, and unhappiness often come from
forgetting why we’re doing something (or, on a different track, not
having a good reason for living a certain way) and it is important to
keep those simple reasons at the forefront of your mind or you run the
risk of letting your life become a series of boring, menial actions.
It’s not only important to remind yourself of your motives for your
current actions; it’s important to monitor your actions to see if they
align with your life goals so that you can change them. Sometimes, the
only way to keep such a close monitor on your actions and goals is to
write about them every day.