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May 29, 2017

How To Get Started Journaling

In our previous posts, we’ve talked about many of the benefits of note-taking, writing, brainstorming on paper, and journaling. Now that you’re convinced, it’s time to begin! Problem is, as with everything, talking about it is easier than actually doing it. That’s why we’re going to share some helpful tips for you to get started.

Find a space

Not a physical space where you need to be, but a space where your words will be. This could be a huge spiral-bound notebook or a small pocket journal. It really doesn’t matter. However, the best option is something that you can carry around with you on the go.

Designate a time

If you don’t actually think of a time to start journaling and instead say, “I’ll do it whenever I have some free time” it won’t get done. Think of exactly when that free time is and designate it to be used for journaling. You don’t need a half hour (unless you want it of course!), or even ten minutes. The amount of time is totally up to you. Right when you wake up? On break from class? The first 5 minutes of when you arrive at work? You decide.

Find some prompts

Can’t think of what to write about? Or maybe you want more structure to your journaling journey. Either way, prompts are a good way to get started. An extensive list can be found by a quick online search, or they can take shape in the way of famous quotes where you write your reaction to them.

Write naturally

Some people tend to get held back by wanting to write something perfect. Journaling is great because it defies the idea that writing should be linear, mistake free, and make sense. Don’t feel constrained by these notions. It entirely defeats the purpose of journaling.

Add

Journaling doesn’t have to be all about writing per say. Add some pictures or doodles if you feel so inclined to do so. It may help spark the writing process for that day or be a nice finisher for the end of your journaling session.

Date entries

Try not to forget to date your entries. It’s a good habit to get into. A great way to utilize journaling in the long run after you’ve filled a notebook is to look back and reflect on where you started and how you grew. If you do a yearly reflection on your life, journals are a great tool to use as a part of that process.

Remember- journaling is any form of written content that is done by you. It can be what you plan to do that day, what you’ve already done, your dreams and aspirations, or a simple list of words that describe how you feel.

The hardest thing can be to pick up that pen and get started. But once you do, you won’t look back.


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