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.
- Welcome and Why You Should Start Journaling – Day 1
- Two Super Simple Ways to Start Journaling – Day 2
- What Should You Write in Your Journal – Day 3
- Keeping It Simple and Functional with a Bullet Journal – Day 4
- Use Your Journal as a Creative Outlet – Day 5
- Commit to Journaling Every Single Day – Even if it’s Just a Line – Day 6
- Have You Heard of Gratitude Journals – Day 7
- Pen & Paper or Digital? What’s Your Journaling Medium – Day 8
- Journaling Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive – Frugal Ways to Get Started – Day 9
- Mobile Journaling Ideas for Your Smart Phone – Day 10
- Difference Between a Diary and a Journal – Day 11
- Using a Journal to Work Through Your Emotions – Day 12
- How a Journal Can Boost Your Productivity – Day 13
- Make Your Journal Your Accountability Partner – Day 14
- Journal Like You’re Already There – A Written Spin – Fake It Until You Make It – Day 15
- Journal Before Bed to Improve Your Sleep – Day 16
- Journal in the Morning to Start Your Day – Day 17
- Do You Want to Read More? Try Book Journaling – Day 18
- Three Things to Try When Journaling Seems Overwhelming – Day 19
- Browse Through Your Journal to Figure Out What is Working and Was Isn’t – Day 20
- Journal Prompts to Help You Get Unstuck – Day 21
- Have You Heard of Morning Pages? – Day 22
- Using Daily Check-In Questions and Journaling Prompts – Day 23
- Try Daily Collage Pages to Tap into Your Creative Side – Day 24
- Use Your Journal to Overcome Fear and Make Big Decisions – Day 25
- Why Your Journal Shouldn’t Be Perfect – Journal Messy – Day 26
- Carry Your Journal With You Anywhere You Go – Day 27