There are a lot of ways to journal.
Whoever is into journaling can teach you a thing or two on how to do it.
Here are eight smart tips to learn from:
Tip #1: Find a journal that inspires you
Your journal doesn’t have to be fancy.
It can simply be a lined notebook oftentimes used at school.
It can be from recycled or recyclable paper that you buy or bind.
Use your computer, if you wish.
Whatever it is, let it be something you would spend long hours with (or, perhaps, most of your life).
It should inspire you to keep journaling even when you don’t feel like.
Tip #2: Keep things simple
Keep your journal log simple and short.
You don’t have to write kilometric paragraphs or error-free sentences.
Journals are supposed to be relaxing and liberating.
The more you keep things simple, the more you get out of it.
Forget about rules.
Even your own.
Take things easy.
Focus on opening up and being mindful of your thoughts and feelings.
Do that and you’ll be fine.
Tip # 3: Write freely
Your journal is your kingdom.
As a ruler, you do as you please.
Nobody can tell on you.
Don’t hold back.
Don’t make your handwriting lovely.
Don’t even correct mistakes.
If you have the urge to end each sentence with a stop, question mark or exclamation, stop!
Write freely – whatever and however.
Cry, sulk, laugh.
Tip #4: Focus on your feelings
The most important person in your journal is you.
Focus on you – most specially your feelings that affect your thoughts and behavior.
Being mindful of how you feel could liberate internal blocks or bolster positive energy.
If you are stumped about what to write, begin with the phrase, “I feel…”
This will unblock you and let your thoughts and emotions flow freely.
Soon, you’re better able to journal your thoughts and feelings.
Tip #5: Use prompts
If you’re struggling with what to write, use prompts to get your juices flowing.
Journaling prompts are idea starters that can aid and boost your journal writing.
They do wonders specially when you don’t know how to start, what to write, or how to keep going.
Examples of prompts are:
- Think about a horrible experience in your childhood that transformed you into the person you are today.
- Describe your perfect career and the reasons it would fulfill you.
- Who is the person who influenced you to seriously pursue a profitable hobby or business?
- If you were to start all over in your relationship with your significant other, what would you do differently?
- What are your greatest regrets in life and why?
Tip #6: Make sense of your journal
Take time to review your filled-up journals.
You would understand yourself more if you do so.
Over time, you will see clear patterns of how you think, feel and behave.
Be open to possibilities while being as objective as possible.
Don’t judge, beat or belittle yourself.
Accept everything in it – good or bad, tasteful or distasteful, delightful or horrible.
Think – How can your discoveries improve your circumstances? How can they help you grow?
Focus of them.
Proceed from there.
Tip #7: Protect your privacy
Your journal is a sacred part of you. It is a window to your soul. It is therefore very important to feel secure writing and pouring yourself into it.
If you’re haunted by fears that people would violate your privacy, it is important to take the necessary steps to allay those fears.
For ways to keep your journal private, click here.
Tip #8: Keep going
Let journaling be second nature to you
Write when you feel like.
Write even when you’re under the weather.
Write for as long as you like or as briefly.
Write about anything.
Write about nonsensical or extraordinary things.
Write or do art.
However, do it regularly and don’t stop.
Soon, it would become effortless and involuntary.
By then, you shall have developed a great journaling habit!