So You Want to Start Journaling?

Written by Colette Armah • Posted on October 1, 2021

Sometimes journaling can feel very overwhelming. We often think of journaling as a niche activity that only certain people do. But we’re not talking about writing a novel or college dissertation. The key is to make the process more manageable and do it regularly, for at least fifteen minutes each day. Journaling doesn’t have to be complicated; you can start with something as simple as writing down your thoughts, feelings, and dreams for the day. 

Here are 6 tips on how to get started with journaling, and how it can change your life for the better. 

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GRATITUDE

Journaling can help you to find the good in life and can make your day more enjoyable. Gratitude is a great way to start. Write down what you are grateful for today. Create a list of people that are grateful for, such as family members or friends, and why. The goal is not necessarily to write a novel but to have a record of your thoughts and feelings. Write down something you are grateful for today. Gratitude journaling is a great way to find what's important in life, which can help us feel more happy and relaxed about our lives.

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ACTION

As a mom and a business owner, I have so many things that I have to do and it gets difficult to keep track of it all. To-do lists or Action lists are a great way to keep track of what you need to do. By writing down the tasks that you have for the day, it can help to make sure that everything gets done and that nothing falls through the cracks. I use my journal to jot down my tasks. There is something very satisfying about check off each task as it is completed. It helps me remember the important things that still need my attention. It's a simple way to stay organized. Bonus: professionally, it's great to keep a record of all actions that you have done, so when your annual review comes you can easily refer to it to show your achievements.

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QUESTION/REFLECTION

Journaling can be much more than just writing down your thoughts and feelings; asking questions can help guide you in a direction that you didn't expect. Asking questions can help give insight into your life and how it is affecting other people around you. You can ask yourself questions about your goals, what makes you happy, what motivates you to do things, or how to be a better person. Journaling is a powerful tool to use to ask questions and get insight into your life. I love journaling because it is a great way to reflect on my day. I can look back at what happened and how I felt about each moment of my day.

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SELF CHECK

In order to "check in" with yourself, you take a moment every day to think about what’s going well in your life and what’s not. By doing this, you can keep yourself focused on the positive things in your life and help to stay motivated. I use this technique when I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by my workload or some other problem that is bothering me. It helps me to probe deeper. Have a conversation with yourself. Ask how was your day? What was the most interesting part of your day? What did you do? How do you feel? What is your mood? What was the hardest part of your day? Why do you think that happened and what can you do to change it next time? Journaling helps me see how my thoughts are affecting my feelings and therefore, changing my actions. It helps me to be aware of my thoughts and emotions so that I can change them before they become a problem for me.

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SELF-LOVE

Self-love can mean different things to different people. Self-love is about accepting yourself for who you are and appreciating all the things that make up your personhood. Journaling, in some way, is an act of self-love. To show yourself self-love in your journal you can write about yourself in a loving way as you would talk about a lover or a partner. Write down your boundaries and how you will maintain them. Forgive yourself for moments you weren't kind to yourself. It's not always an easy thing to do, but with practice, you will get better at it.

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SELF AWARENESS

There are always things in your life that you are aware of. Whether it is a bad habit or an annoying habit, you know that there is something about yourself that needs to change. Journaling helps with this because you can write down your thoughts and feelings on paper so that they are more tangible. Journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth.

I have been journaling for a long time. It's a great way to make sense of your life and see patterns in the events that happen. Journaling can help you to understand what kind of things you need to work on or how you want to live your life. If you are interested in getting started with journaling, check out my shop! 

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I have also created the Super Six Journal Prompts Infographic to help you get started journaling. These prompts are based on these 6 topics to help you get started on your journaling journey. It's free with the purchase of any journal.

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