Journaling and Elaborative Encoding

Updated: May 13



Journaling is one of the most important habits you can develop to improve your mental fitness and well being. It helps you get clarity, keeps you focused, and gives you a sense of purpose. In this article, we'll look at what's important about journaling, how to make journaling a habit, and what Elaborate Encoding means.


What Is Journaling?

It can be hard to figure out what to write in journaling.


But, it's simply writing down your thoughts. It's similar to keeping a diary or a diary entry, but without the intent of sharing it with others. Journaling has been around for thousands of years and was used by ancient philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, and Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci's journals were published posthumously and sold millions of copies worldwide. Artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet also kept journals which are now considered priceless treasures.


  • It improves mental fitness.

  • It makes emotional wellness a goal.

  • And journaling makes it easier to set intentions.


Journaling makes it possible to process difficult thoughts and feelings so they don't build up inside of you until they boil over in the form of anger or another emotion that isn't healthy for you or those around you. By helping you process your thoughts and feelings, journaling plays important role in maintaining relationships with family members and friends.


Journaling helps bring clarity to challenges at work or school by allowing you to reflect on your frustrations in a non-judgmental environment where there's no fear of repercussions.


Journaling is a habit that helps your brain process the events of the day and restructures them into insights. Trying to remember what happened throughout a week or even a day is difficult unless you are able to reflect on it. Journaling provides an opportunity to reflect on your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.


Why Compound

Compound is an app for journaling, that helps you organize your thoughts about your day so that they make more sense. When you write down your thoughts and feelings in Compound, it gives you time to think about meaningful questions.


Questions like "why did I get so upset about that?" or "next time what would I do differently?" Writing things down allows you time to think about how best to understand it. Journals can also help with comprehension since writing things down slows down the thought process and allows for greater understanding. In addition, by writing down your thoughts and feelings, you can see common themes emerge which can be hard to spot when everything is going on around you at once. Being able to organize your thoughts into common themes makes it easier to find patterns and relationships between different events which makes journaling even more effective in helping you learn from past experiences.

All this is not only helpful for keeping track of information, but it also plays a role in the use of elaborative encoding to improve memory. Elaborate encoding is when information that is presented or learned is made memorable in order to be able to recall it more easily.

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