...Journaling is not an act of record-keeping for me, although that is a side benefit. I do it because it is an exercise in self-reflection, and the tech-free process of writing by hand – much slower and more deliberate than entering text on a keyboard – is the perfect preparation for climbing inside myself.
Not only does it force me to think before I lay words indelibly down on paper, it also frees me from the distractions that come with the territory of digital writing tools like computers and PDAs. I don’t have to turn on my paper notebook and wait for it to boot up. It never freezes or crashes...
I hadn't thought of journaling as an antidote to being over-connected in the Digital Age, but Osborne makes a solid case. Whether you are a writer, creative, or knowledge worker, I recommend reading his complete post; in it, you may find your own path to clarity, organization and insight.
On a side note: I searched for "journal" on Flickr Creative Commons, and 36,397 journal-related images appeared. Amongst these are the odd Wall Street Journal photo, but most are well-loved journals full of travels, musings, sketches, found objects — personal records of the maps of our lives in progress. Very enjoyable to look over.