Journaling has quickly become one of the things that has helped me to quickly turn my life around. It was like reading for me – it was something that I knew had many benefits associated to it, but something that I never actually started to do until later in my life because it wasn’t “the cool” thing to do.
Out of any of my guy friends, I am the only one who has a journal… at least that I know of. I know that I am the only one who has a blog, and I am also the only one who will openly admit to either of these. It’s because journaling and blogging have played such a crucial role in helping me to get my life back in order, to the point where I only want to encourage others to do the same.
Starting A Daily Journaling Habit
Today, I want to share with you three ideas for how to start a daily journaling habit, and how it may just change your life like it has mine.
Okay, let’s slow up a bit. First, ask yourself why you want to start a daily journaling habit or what made you think about doing so. If you don’t have a clear-cut why, then your habit will never stick. You need to have a strong purpose that means more to you than any excuse you could possibly come up with.
For me, my why is so that I can release my emotions. I am a person who overthinks everything. When I say everything, I mean everything… Sometimes, it gets to the point where my anxiety kicks in, my chest constricts, and breathing becomes difficult.
But since starting my daily journaling habit, I have found a place to clear my thoughts, a place where I can let go of them, a place where I can get them off of my chest, and a place where I can talk about whatever is on my mind while holding nothing back.
Alright, not let’s talk about how to start a daily journaling habit.
Idea #1. Write About Your Thoughts
The awesome thing about journaling is that you are fully in control. You don’t have to share your journal with others if you don’t wish to, therefore, you have nothing to worry about. You won’t be judged, you don’t have to worry about feeling regret (not that feeling regret does you good anyhow), and you don’t have to focus on trying to be perfect. You can just be you.
Start by being open with yourself. Write down how you are feeling today, how your day went, something that you want to strive and do better with tomorrow, or simply any other idea that passes through your mind.
Your journal is your dumping grounds. It is a tool that is only meant to help you. We all have flaws, so write about them, let them go, and just move on. The sooner you allow yourself to get your emotions off of your chest, the sooner you will start to feel better about yourself and about the life that you are living.
Idea #2. Write About Your Fears
The first step of overcoming your fears is to first admit them. If you have them written down on paper, you are more likely to build an action plan, and more likely to hold yourself accountable to work towards overcoming your fears.
There is just something about writing your thoughts down on paper that always seems to help. Similar to goal setting or keeping a daily planner, have your fears down on paper will not only help you to recognize what your fears are, but it will also help to push and motivate you to overcome those fears.
Simply put, you can’t overcome any fear if you aren’t first willing to admit or recognize it.
Idea #3. Write About Your Goals
It’s the same concept as writing about your fears – when you have your goals written down on a piece of paper in front of you, you are more likely to build a plan as to how you are going to achieve those goals and follow through on them.
One of my goals was to blog for a year. For me, writing on a laptop was far too difficult. I was never able to fully release my thoughts. So, I took to journaling. I started writing down every blog post on paper before I typed it. Sure, it may be double the work, but it’s simply what works for me. My thoughts are more clear and organized.
You can also track your progress through journaling. Answer questions like: “What difficulties did I face today? How do I plan to overcome these difficulties? What will I do today to set myself up for success tomorrow?” Really, the ideas are endless. It’s not about writing what you think you need to write about, but rather, it’s about writing what you want to write about.
Journaling isn’t meant to be a difficult process. It’s actually meant to be the opposite. It’s mean to bring calm and stillness to your life through releasing your thoughts and keeping your mind organized.
It is honestly one of the easiest, yet most beneficial things that we can do for ourselves. Now all that’s left is doing it. Grab a pen, open your journal, and just write. The only right way to write is by writing whatever is on your mind.
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