Write 5 Minutes a Day to Be Your Best Self

A handwritten journal, a pen, a coffee and a plant on a wooden desk.
A time for you and your ideas (via Unsplash)

Writing is a really powerful but often underrated activity. Writing can do wonders. Even if you don’t plan to be the next Shakespeare or Agatha Christie. Maybe you want to master a subject faster, write better work emails, or post cool captions on social media.

Let’s talk about the badass benefits of writing. Namely, how it will help you to:

  • Develop an Understanding
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Organise Your Thoughts

Develop an Understanding

It’s all about understanding — that’s the hard part. Writing helps you to understand and master a topic, or to refine your idea.

The maxim says that once you can explain something to a child in plane language, even if it’s a complex thing, you know your stuff. I believe it’s the same for writing. So if you want to master a given topic, write down the key points in your own words. If you can do it, you are sorted.

Writing can also help you on the way to enlightenment. If you have a cool idea, or you are stuck with a problem, just grab a paper and write them down. Scribble. Circle. Underscore. Draw. Erase. And repeat. Even if you don’t find the solution for the first time, it will help you clarify the issue.

By writing down your thoughts, you will free up your mind. Once your brain isn’t occupied by mainly storing ideas, it will magically focus on working on them. It will look problems from new angles. It will find solutions. Also, writing as a process includes selecting, clarifying, summarising, and other useful steps to crack your problem.

That’s exactly what I am looking for. I aim to develop an understanding around topics I deem important. Once I digested them, I’ll write them down, and share them. This way I can help people discover new ideas, connect with like-minded people, and receive constructive feedback.

Communicate Effectively

As you guessed it, communicating in a clear, structured, and engaging manner helps a lot in life.

In the real world, experts agree that nonverbal communication dominates verbal. The Mehrabian’s rule of communication says that only 7% of meaning is communicated through your spoken word, 38% through the tone of your voice, and 55% through your body language. But it’s different in writing. There are just words on a paper, or a screen. Maybe some charts and photos too — but you get the point. Your, the writer’s, job is to organise your message in a way that makes it easy to understand for the readers. And of course, to keep them engaged!

The nitty, gritty parts of good writing is still something I have to delve into. What I know for sure, is that clear language, and structure matter. As well as practice — hence this blog post.

Organise Your Thoughts

Imagine a garden. A digital garden where all your knowledge is stored, in a way that makes sense to you. You know exactly what is where. So when you want to recap some DIY project you worked on, or refine a great business idea you noted down two weeks ago, you know where to look. How cool is this?

If you nurture your digital garden, it will bare fruits. It will become a library of knowledge. Or a second brain that never forgets, in contrast with our human fallible memory.

Once you got your thoughts on paper, gather them in one place. Your pieces of writing are gems, don’t waste them! Think about organising them in a notebook, on Drive, or Notion. Or publish them on your personal blog. This way you can access your thoughts any time with ease. Your future self will be over the moon! So keep those precious ideas and content in a safe place. Maybe one day they will form the base of a book, or a blockbuster movie — why not?

Let’s…

Grab a pen, or a keyboard and start writing down your thoughts. Your work. Your side hustles. Write about what you’d like to know, explore, and learn. Even doing it for five minutes a day will work wonders! In a couple of days, you will get those badass benefits from writing, and you can use your full capacity to be your best self. A self that has a better understanding, writes more effectively, and never forgets.