Challenge

30-Day Challenge - Finding Your Journaling Style - Day 19

When your life is busy and hectic, journaling can seem like too much work to fit into your day. However, it’s actually during these chaotic times that you can gain the most from your writing habit. Keeping a journal can help to put things into perspective and allow you to organize your life in ways that cut through the overwhelm. It’s important to keep journaling on a regular basis in order to gain the most benefit from it. So, take a look below for some tips to try when journaling seems overwhelming. Soon, you’ll get your mojo back.

Keep it Short

Every journal entry doesn’t have to be a mammoth undertaking. You don’t need to write something of brilliance or come to some sort of profound moment of understanding with every record. Even the shortest, simplest note can be effective. In fact, sometimes these are the best of all. Keep your journal entries short when you’re feeling pressed for time. The key factor is that you write something so that you don’t lose momentum.

Don’t Overthink – Just Write

It’s easy to allow yourself to feel pressured to write like it’s just one more thing on your to-do list. However, the fact is that journaling is an act of self-care. It’s time for you to grow as a person and to improve your own well-being. Try to look as writing in your journal as something you get the opportunity to do, rather than a chore you must do. This change in approach will help you to take some of the pressure off yourself and just write what’s on your mind. Once you start writing, you’ll probably find the words start to come more easily and that you feel better having done it. So, don’t overthink it. Just write.

Make It Part of Your Existing Routine

Building a journaling practice into your existing routine is one of the best, and easiest, ways to make sure you’re fitting it into your day. Choose a time to journal that fits seamlessly into your usual schedule most easily. Lots of folks prefer to start or end their day with journaling as a way to start fresh or unwind. However, there’s no rule saying this must be the way you do it. Maybe your lunch break from work is the best time for your journaling time or perhaps during your toddler’s nap would work for you. It doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as it makes sense for your lifestyle.

Keep these simple tips in mind when journaling becomes too overwhelming and you’re just not sure if you can manage it. You’ll be glad you kept at it once you see the continual benefits journaling offers.

Coach Jackie Out.

Jackie Schwabe Mark