Any type of journal that you keep can be beneficial. It doesn’t matter if it’s just to document your life, to help you plan to achieve a goal, or to work through problems – you can use a journal to do it all. From tracking your projects to documenting vacation to overcoming anxiety, a journal will work for you if you pick the right type and make journaling a ritual and a positive habit.
* Find the Right Medium for You – For some people, that’s pen and paper. Many experts claim that’s the best way because of its simplicity. However, you have to do what works for you, and what works for you is what you will do daily. If you make it too hard, you won’t do it.
* Turn Journaling Daily into a Habit – To be most effective, journaling has to go on for a period of time – the longer the better! It’s a long-term strategy to improve your life and not something that is going to have a significant effect overnight, though it can help you with personal breakthroughs. For this reason, ritualize your journaling so that it becomes a daily habit, and practice that habit for at least 21 to 28 days to help it “stick”.
* Set Up a Comfy Journaling Spot – Find a good space you can journal in each day, one which is relaxing and without stress, or if you thrive on energy, one that stimulates your creative processes. Some people like to keep their journal by their bedside so that each night when they get into bed, they can quickly write in their journals and leave the day’s thoughts and challenges behind for more restful sleep.
* Choose the Right Style of Journal for Your Needs – The type of journal you want to keep depends on how you plan to use it. You may want to track a project, in which case you’ll need a project journal. If you want to simply document your life, you’d want a classic journal. Sketch books can work to help you catalogue artistic inspiration, and a scrapbook can become a journal to hold photos and images that feed your dreams and goals.
* Use Your Journal to Work Through Life and Reach Goals – Don’t just write in the journal; actively seek to improve something in your life – whether it’s the thoughts which drive your feelings or improving your actions so that you experience more success.
* Consider Using More Than Writing to Document Your Life – You don’t have to restrict yourself to just using text. You can use images, pictures, tickets, sketches, doodles, and other memories inside your journal too. Sometimes a few pictures and mementos mean more than anything you can write to help you remember.
* Read and Reflect on Your Writing Occasionally – Take a few minutes periodically to re-read parts of your journal. Once you’ve kept it for a few months, or a year, it’s fun to go back and read your beginning entries, or read the same day from last year to find out what’s different about you now and what’s the same, and why.
* Keep Your Journal Secure – You don’t want to worry about anyone getting into your private business when you’re not around, so keep it hidden or in a secure place. Ladies – remember how you protected your diary when you were little? This is the same principle. If it’s on your computer or tablet, keep it password protected. Your journal is for YOU and not for anyone else, unless you choose to share it.
If you know why you want to journal, it’ll be easier to figure out which type of journal you need to keep to make your journaling more effective. Sometimes you just want to document your life, while other times you want to work through something difficult.
It really depends on your goals and the point of the journal, but know that there IS a journal out there to support your process of creating and manifesting the DivaStyle live you deserve.
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