Your journal is a safe and private place to keep secrets and be completely honest with yourself. Because it is safe, you can write anything: what happened today, a sexual fetish, a person you hate, a plan, a memory, a dream, a fear, a trauma.

The benefit of journaling is to help you analyze cause-and-effect relationships in your life, label your emotions, and form your thoughts. At times, you do not see patterns in your life until they are evinced on paper; other times, you may encounter the same problem repeatedly, and you can refer to how you solved it before.

Some thoughts belong in your journal, and some belong in your inbox. Your journal is for non-actionable thoughts, whereas your inbox is for actionable thoughts. But do not think about that at first: it is best to begin writing, and organize your thoughts after you have put them to paper.