How to Start Journaling
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Whether it is pen to the paper, thumbs to the phone screen, or fingers to the keyboard; journaling has become one of my favorite activities. Writing gives you the opportunity to not only communicate with others. Taking the time to document my thoughts, ideas, and experiences helps me stay grounded and reflect on the progress I’ve made. It is important to take a moment, especially when the world feels like it’s moving so quickly.
After making sure to add journaling into my overall routine, I used the following entry methods to help me get started and stay consistent.
This is probably the most common form of journaling but sometimes the difficult. Free-flow journaling is just that; free flowing. This is writing down all the thoughts and memories that come to mind without censorship or any intent to edit. This is an opportunity to be honest and vulnerable with yourself which can sometimes be a little bit daunting to get started.
One of my personal forms of writing is bulleted posts. These bullets allow me to organize my thoughts, ideas and processes. The list format is also helpful because it takes off some of the initial writing intimidation and focus on main points. These lists can also be easily converted to outlines and tasks which helps me turn thoughts into actions.
Sometimes we all need a little guidance. Journal prompts are statements, stories, or specific topics used to provide inspiration for your entries. Prompts are great for planning entries in advance or if you find yourself having trouble when it comes to determining what to share. Three of my favorite prompt tools are:
- Piccadilly: 300 Writing Prompts: this lined, journal offers creative writing prompts, encouraging users to explore new ideas and getting to know themselves.
- My Wellness Journal: this 12 week, journal focuses on starting and ending your day with an intention, providing pages for goal planning, habit reflection, nutrition, and gratitude.
- The Happiness Bar: The Happiness Bar is a 2021 Gratitude Journal Template created by The Notion Bar using Notion. Within the journal you're able to set goals, track your mood, sleep habits, and keep a record of your favorite memories. It's perfect for people who are always on the go as you can access it on your computer or on your mobile app. (affiliate link)
- Googling journal topics: this method is free! When searched google, provides a full list of prompts from different sites depending on your needs and interests.