Journaling can be both fun, therapeutic. I journal daily on one of my other blogs, Susan’s Personal Blog. Each month I choose a different blogging challenge for 30 day and blog daily (aka journal) about that challenge. This months challenge has been an “Attitude of Gratitude” and I choose a different quote about gratitude, thankfulness, appreciation, etc. and write my thoughts on the quote.
Journaling doesn’t have to be public. FYI. public journaling is now called “blogging” although you can blog privately as well. The majority of journal writers do so privately and do not share their thoughts with anyone else. Either method is okay and it is really up to you to decide whether you’re journaling will be public, private, or a little of both.
There are also different ways to journal. The way you choose is up to you and you might even experiment with your style of journaling. After all, it is your creation, your idea. The way I choose is to write with a few images interspersed and occasionally I throw in a music video or two depending upon what I am journaling about that day or evening. Some people use “art journaling” which combines writing with artwork whether it is doodling, using different color pens, crayons, pencils, or even paint and markers. Others combine scrapbooking with art journaling. There is no limit to ways to journal. All you need to do is a Google search for journaling or a search on Pinterest and you will be flooded with ideas.
The biggest suggestion that I have is that you commit to journaling for 30 days straight to give yourself a chance to develop a habit of journaling and so that you can see the benefits of journaling. And “No.” you don’t need to wait until the 1st of the month to start. You can start today, now and set a reminder on your calendar or your daily To Do List. That way, you won’t forget.
So that I don’t forget to journal, I use my calendar for a daily reminder and use that for my blogging schedule with my different blogs. You can your your email calendar (Outlook, Gmail, etc.) My calendar is a Google calendar since I use a Chromebook computer. Because Google owns the Chromebook model, everything is Google. My calendar transfers each day’s list of appointments, writing reminders, etc to my To Do List for that day and I have it set to send me an email each morning at 5 am with the agenda for my day. That keeps me organized, but that is just me.
Some other logistics you will want to decide are how you will journal. Will you write in a journal book or notebook? Will you use your computer and one of hundreds of different journaling or diary apps available for free or for a low-cost? Also, when will you journal. Will it be in the morning or evening or during your lunch break from work? Whatever choice you make, make it a habit and don’t just make it “when you have time” because then you will start skipping journal entries and lose the benefit. Last, how long will each journal entry be? A page or a paragraph or when you run out of steam are some ideas. Alright, enough about the logistics. Why should we journal? What can journaling do for us?
There are several reasons to develop the habit of journaling.
Writing regularly helps you mentally. – Writing is a way to relieve stress and it is cathartic.
Journal writing shows your creativity. – It can help you process ideas, even brainstorm.
Journaling has practical applications. – You can use it to document the day’s events, work events, etc.
Changing Your Life…
Journaling can change your life truly. Some of the things that you learn while journaling are:
Identifying your feelings. Not just what you show on the outside but how you feel on the inside.
Getting to know your perspective, point of view. You have an opinion about a lot of things…write them down.
Writing your “Life Story.” You have a life story even if you haven’t written it down.
Discovering the “real you.” Not the person everyone else wants you to be but deep down who you are.
Leaving a legacy. You can write about you, who you are, your life story and pass it on to someone younger.
Some Journaling Resources…
Journaling has lots of benefits for you and is really enjoyable once you start writing. Surprise yourself and learn about yourself through journaling every day. You even gain serenity by decompressing your feelings on paper or computer. What have you got to lose?
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