When you’re struggling to get into the habit of journaling daily, sometimes it’s best to forget common advice. Here are my top journaling tips.
It would be great if we can remember what we were doing or thinking a week ago. It would be even better if we could remember six months ago. The truth is, there is just too much going on in our lives to remember what we had for dinner last night. But, knowing these events in our lives can help us to grow, and there’s no better way to do that than via journaling.
There is no way to eliminate mistakes. However, recalling what mistakes you did make and what you did about them can go a long way in helping you to reduce those mistakes. Write down your personal and professional events in a journal so that you can recall them in the future.
Probably the biggest benefit from journaling is what you learn about yourself. When you read back your challenges and accomplishments, you can recognize areas where you need to focus on, and you can take pride in your achievements. You still can do all this without a journal, but most people forget much of what they have done and why they did it.
When you start to grow, you can help others do the same. Journaling can be your source for inspiration to help others. You can even use passages to show the people you help. You do want to let them write their own journals, however. Still, showing what you have created from time-to-time can be great inspiration for them.
More Than Just Words
Journaling can be done with a notebook and pen. However, by using a computerized version, you can tie in graphics, videos, audios, and other media types. You are limited only by your imagination. The more of these types of media you incorporate, the better. Besides, it can be a lot of fun to produce a journal in this fashion. You can choose to print out hard copies and store them in a notebook if you’d like.
Let the Format Evolve
At the current time, there is no journaling police that will come and take you away if your format is not correct. There is no correct format. Just start creating, and the format will start to evolve as you develop it. You will notice what works and scrap what doesn’t. Don’t restrict yourself. Just create and then make changes as you progress.
Revisit Your Journal
While there is some value in simply recording to your journal, you’ll get more out of it if you review what you have created from time-to-time. This will give insight into where you were at that moment in your life.
Measure Your Progress
When you revisit your journal, make comparisons about where you were previously to where you are now. Are you happy with the progress? If not, what is it that is holding you back? Look for clues in your journal and construct ways to get where you want to be. Sometimes, it can be small changes that make big differences later on.
|Participate in a journal swap. Although this is an unofficial title, you could swap your journal with others. People can get stuck thinking in the same fashion they always have and seeing others’ perspectives can open your mind and your world. You could swap virtually or find meetings where people would be willing to do this.|
Journal with your significant other. Consider keeping a shared journal with your significant other. Our lives can get so busy that we often can get disconnected. Journaling can be a great way to keep connected