Journaling is a skill that helps you document your life. It has many benefits, some instant and some paying dividends over time. Journaling offers opportunity for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
Over several years of striving to build a journaling habit, these are the lessons I’ve learned:
Start With Today
Feeling stuck and don’t know what to write? Recap your day and write about:
- what you did
- what you ate
- where you went
- who you met
Recapping often sparks feelings and emotions. Write these out. Write how you felt or how you feel now. Write down whatever comes to mind.
Only for You
It doesn’t always have to make sense. No one else will read it. Write whatever you want. It’s yours to write, read, and reflect upon.
Read it Often
Reading your journal has benefits. It’s an opportunity to reflect and better understand yourself. After writing a journal entry, take a minute to read what you wrote the day before. Reading your entries to recap your week is also a good idea, and it only takes a few minutes.
If you are looking for the perfect journal before you can start, stop now! Put all of your energy towards developing your habit of writing. Use whatever journal you have available and start writing today. Over time you’ll discover your likes and dislikes about journaling. Keep these preferences in mind when buying your next journal.
Start by using the default note taking application on your smartphone or computer. Once you’ve developed your writing habit, you can find an app that suits your preferences.
Give it time
Developing new skills and building a writing habit takes time.
If you a miss a day or twelve, it’s ok.
Pick it up again, and start writing today.
Be kind to yourself.