Tips for Making Journaling Part of Your Daily Routine

By Dianne M. Daniels | benefits

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The way to ensure that journaling works for you is to do it long term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future (kind of) to get answers in your life. But first, you have to do it. And you need to do it daily to make it a habit. Let’s review a few tips for making journaling part of your daily routine.

* Make It Easy – Don’t make it a big, hairy, audacious deal, and it’ll be simpler to get done. For example, it’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer for some people. You can have the book in your bag or on your bedside table or wherever you plan to write in it. If speaking is easier than writing for you, consider using the audio memo feature on your smartphone and keep an audio journal.

* Choose a Time That Works – The best times to journal are early morning, first thing, or the last thing before you go to bed. However, that might not work for some people. If you know a better time, do it. For example, some people like journaling while on lunch at work in the park. It’s up to you and what works best for your schedule and activities.

* Get a Drink and Eat a Snack – You don’t want to have any excuses or extraneous thoughts while you’re writing in your journal. Make sure you’re fed and hydrated, but be careful of overdoing it, as that will cause a different kind of distraction.

* Create a Comfortable and Accessable Space – It’s easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not thinking about how bad your tailbone hurts, your leg is cramping or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy easy chair, others their bed – experiment a bit until you find what works for you.

* Combine Journaling with Something Else You Enjoy Doing – If you enjoy cleaning the house, then reading in your clean house with the windows open and the breeze flowing in, why not journal at that moment? If it’s a daily thing, add journaling to it, and it’ll create a habit faster.

* Add Some Relaxing Music to Set the Mood – Now it’s true that some people prefer silence, so that’s fine if you do. But consider trying some music that doesn’t have words and that is relaxing, to help you gather your thoughts and say calm and focused. If you’re a high-energy person and prefer faster-paced music to get your creative juices flowing, use that!

* Use a Particular Type of Journal – For some people, using a style of Photo by Copper and Wild on Unsplashjournaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, and more, works better since it defines some rules for entry. Don’t get too hung up on what style of journal you use, though – just get started and keep refining as you grow.

* Consider Using Journaling Prompts – You can also find journaling prompts online for any type of journal you want to use, and the prompts can generate other ideas for you.

* Remember to Reward Yourself – When you have been diligent for a month writing in your journal, take some time to read what you wrote, then reward yourself for doing it. You might buy some colored pens or some scrapbooking materials so you can add some definition and interest to your journal.

To truly experience the full benefits of journaling, it needs to be done most days, which is why you need to find a way to incorporate journaling into your everyday life. The best way to accomplish this is to make it easy and turn it into a habit by journaling for 21 to 28 days straight in the beginning, then setting a schedule that works for you.

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