Find a Way That Works for You – There is No Right or Wrong Way to Journal

Journaling is such a personal activity. The words you write in your journal are all just for you unless you choose to share them. Because this practice is yours and yours alone, it’s important to understand that you can make it work any way you choose. There’s no right or wrong way to journal. Throughout our time together, I’ve given you several suggestions to help you create a routine that fits your life and preferences. However, these are merely suggestions, not clear-cut rules. You can create a journaling routine that suits you and doesn’t follow anyone else’s style. Follow these tips to customize your journaling experience.

Consider Your Lifestyle

First, you’ll want to think about your lifestyle. Are you a morning or night person? Do you have kids? What types of obligations do you have throughout your day? The answers to these questions will inform your decisions on what time of day you want to write and how frequently you’d like to journal each week. Perhaps every day is too much for your lifestyle, and you’d prefer to shoot for three to four times a week. That’s just fine. The key is to be consistent.

Know Your Preferences

You also want to consider your preferences. Do you hate to write by hand? Then, perhaps a paper journal isn’t your best choice. Though there are many benefits to writing in a journal longhand, it’s better to go with the method that you’re most likely to stick with. In addition, if you absolutely hate writing, you don’t have to. Long prose isn’t necessary for journaling. You can jot down lists, partial ideas, or even quotes. And, remember, you don’t have to write at all. Art journals are a great way to express your creativity and analyze your thoughts. You can draw or make collages. The choice is up to you.

Find Your Groove

Chances are, as with any new habit, you’ll need to give journaling some trial and error. Take your time to try out new routines or styles. See what feels right or what excites you. Then do more of that. Dump strategies that you hate. You want your journaling practice to be fun and energizing, not just another chore to add to your list. You’ll find your groove in no time.

Most of all, try not to stress. If something is stressing you out, try a new approach. Before long, your journal time will feel sacred and will be something you look forward to each day.

Coach Jackie Out.

Jackie Schwabe Mark

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