Creating a journaling habit is a long-term commitment so that you can gain more insight into your life. It’s a look into the past + present and if using a vision writing process also a glimpse into the future. Getting started can be easy but it’s the daily habit that may become a challenge, here are some tips to help you!
Make it Easy!
Don’t make it a huge deal, and it’ll be simpler to get done. For example, it’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer for most people. You can have the book in your bag or on your bedside table or wherever you plan to write in it.
Choose a Time That Works for you
The best times to do it 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.
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.
Create a Comfortable Space
It’s easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not thinking about how parts of your body hurt. Sit at a desk, a comfy easy chair, or on the bed. This is your time to focus on you!
Combine It with Something Else You Enjoy Doing
If you enjoy your cup of coffee or tea in the morning, then why not sit with your journal at the same time?
If you do this daily, then add in journaling to your coffee or tea time will help you develop the habit faster.
Add Music to set the mood
Some people prefer silence and that’s okay but perhaps adding some music with no words can help you gather your thoughts and stay calm and focused.
Use a Particular Type of Journal
You may find that a bullet journal works best in the mornings while a prayer journal is best for evenings because it already indicates what journal entry you are focusing on.
Consider Using Journaling Prompts
Journal prompts are great for when you feel a bit stuck on the free writing bit.
When you have been consistent 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.
Experience the Benefits
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.