Only you have the right to your journal.
You decide who sees its content and who don’t.
You’re the keeper of your journal but your journal is not always safe from prying eyes that could cause untoward circumstances.
Here are seven practices to keep your journal safe and private:
- Journal privately. Find a place where you can write without being disturbed and bothering about people passing and peeking.
- Close your journal pages when not in use. Don’t leave your journal open, even in a private place like your bedroom or office. You don’t want any of your family members – no matter how dear they are to you – to read what’s written on them.
- Put your journal away as soon as you’re done. Never leave your journal anywhere public as this exposes your vulnerability. It would invite prying eyes, may be picked up inadvertently or worst, stolen intentionally.
- Assert your privacy. Label it with something like “confidential,” personal property,” “please don’t touch,” “return to… if found,” or something to that effect.
- Choose simple over flashy. Shun attention. If you can help it, do away with ones that arouse interest and curiosity. Keep away from intriguing journal covers like “Journal of My Sexcapades,” “Journal of People I Hate!” or “Journal of Dark Secrets.” Such titles are just too tempting for a thrilling read.
- Camouflage. Put a simple, plain-looking or scruffy jacket to your journal. You may also put it among your other books on the shelf. If creating your own, use covers of vintage books.
- Lock away your journal. Keep your journal in a safe place like a locked file drawer, desk drawer, safe box, or a secluded special place that others can’t easily access.
Taking these extra measures can protect you from being exposed to unnecessary risks and consequences.