A journal can have many purposes. It may help you to lose weight, heal emotionally, or even manage your career.
Maybe, you’ve wanted to start a journal of your own, but something keeps holding you back. You might find it difficult to squeeze another task into your busy days or you may have doubts about your writing abilities.
The truth is that there’s no single formula for journaling success. Use these tips to help you develop your own individual style, so you can start a journal and stick with it.
Finding Your Time to Journal:
1. Designate a time. Blocking out the same time each day for journaling may help you to create a steady habit. It could be first thing in the morning or the last thing you do before you go to bed.
2. Carry it around. On the other hand, maybe you prefer to write when inspiration strikes you and events are fresh in your mind. Keeping your journal on-hand will let you jot down your thoughts on the spot.
3. Be brief. Do you skip days unless you have the time and energy to compose a long essay? An entry can be a single word or multiple pages, depending on what you want to express, so be fluid, Queen.
Finding Your Method for Journaling:
1. Put pen to paper. Studies show that writing things by hand makes a deeper mental impression than digital communications do. If you like the feel of tangible objects, buy a cute blank notebook or use any scraps of paper that you find available.
2. Get an app. Maybe, you’re more comfortable on your phone or tablet. Browse online for the many apps they have dedicated to journaling. You can also create your own templates.
3. Collect prompts. If getting started is a stumbling block for you, gather prompts that will give you something to write about. Search for them online or make your own list. And, if you need something a little more hands-on, check out the Awaken the Queen Within series. These workbooks include 49 chapters full of prompts that will aid you along your growth and healing journey. 4. Pick a format. Speaking of lists, a journal can be organized however you like. Write in full sentences or bullet points. Invent dialogue or pretend like you’re writing a letter. Whatever works for you.
5. Draw pictures. What if you’re more effective expressing yourself through images rather than words? Make sketches with or without captions. You can also add photos and magazine clippings. 6. Limit editing. Writer’s block can often be overcome by resisting the urge to censor yourself. Let your thoughts flow freely instead of worrying about how they sound.
1. Slow down. Develop calming rituals to make your journaling more enjoyable and productive. Set aside a quiet and comfortable space in your home. Make a cup of tea or vibe to some music.
2. Note the date. Recording the date on your entries has many advantages. It can make you feel more accountable about skipping days. It also makes it easier to find past entries that you may want to refer back to.
3. Protect your privacy. Technology has come a long way since old-fashioned diaries with the tiny lock on the cover. Passwords and encryption provide greater security if you want to keep your journal entries to yourself.
4. Share with others. Then again, you might be eager to build a bigger audience for your journal. It could be a tool for working with your therapist or something to leave for your children and grandchildren.
5. Review and reflect. Whatever form your journal takes, looking back can be eye-opening. Revisiting past entries will show you where you’re making progress and where you might want to continue to grow.
Pursue your goals and work through difficult experiences by journaling consistently. Writing is a proven way to connect with your feelings, gain insights, and build your accomplishments.
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