If you are anything like me when it comes to journaling, you will know that it’s a great thing to do, but it just doesn’t happen anywhere near what you would like. It certainly does not occur every day, as suggested by many people.
I have been journaling for over four years, and before that, it was very hit and miss. I have several diaries from prior years with only a few pages written. This is no longer the case. I have been going through a few journals each year since I have created the habit of writing.
Here a few tips for journaling.
It doesn’t have to be on paper.
Who said a journal has to be handwriting. You can type your journal. Some people using their computer, as typing is quicker, and your hand won’t cramp. If typing is your preferred method of journaling you could use Microsoft Word, notes on your phone, or start a blog that you don’t share.
There are no rules
You can journal in any format you like and as often as you like. The ideal might be to write something every day, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t. The journal writing process is for you. The aim is to get something written. If it doesn’t happen every day, don’t beat yourself up over it, perfection is not a requirement.
Writing a journal is therapeutic and relaxing. It’s a place for you to write your thoughts and feelings. You can have a good rant on the page and work through all your frustrations. I like to use my journal to write my dreams and discover clarity out of confusion.
Make it special
Choose a journal which you love and can’t wait to write in. If a spiral notebook is what inspires you to write, then buy one. If it’s a leather-bound notebook, then buy one of those. Don’t feel you have to use something which someone else gave you if it does not inspire you to draw and write. Get yourself a special pen, put on a smelly candle, snuggle up in a comfy blanket and write. This time is for you.
You can journal anywhere
You can write anywhere you don’t have to be at home. Writing in different places can be inspiring. Take yourself to a cafe, seaside or river…