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 (sort 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. Lets review a few tips for making journaling part of your daily routine.
* Make It Easy
Don’t make it a huge deal, and itll be simpler to get done. For example, its 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
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. Its up to you.
* Get a Drink and Eat a Snack
You don’t want to have any excuses or extraneous thoughts while youre writing in your journal. Make sure you’re fed and hydrated.
* Create a Comfortable and Assessable Space
Its easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not thinking about how bad your tailbone hurts or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy easy chair, others their bed.
* Combine It 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 its a daily thing, add journaling to it, and it’ll create a habit fast.
* Add Some Relaxing Music to Set the Mood
Now its 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.
* Use a Particular Type of Journal
For some people, using a style of journaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, and more, works better since it defines some rules for entry.
* Consider Using Journaling Prompts
You can also find journaling prompts online for any type of journal you want to use.
* 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.
Changing your life, your patterns, what you do and how you do comes down to a decision. When you really DECIDE to do it, then it will happen. If you think you want to journal, but you aren’t. It is because you have NOT DECIDED to journal! It’s that simple.
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.
Check out my posts on creating your daily practice!! We talk about it in Bizology too, creating a daily practice, shifts your results when you Make it Happen!! But you can read the posts here on the blog easily!