Time to Make Journalling A Habit? Here’s How!

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When I was younger, I kept a journal most days. I wrote about what was bothering me to my results and what I could improve upon on the tennis court to challenges I was having with friends and family. I still have some of those journals.

Over time though, I forgot how much I enjoyed sitting down and writing whatever I needed to get things off my mind and start processing that information.

Until a few years ago, I only journalled when I needed to. However, over time I started to realise that journalling works best for me, when it is a habit. And for those days when I feel as though I have nothing to write, I have some journaling prompts I use (and yes I will share those with you soon!).

Are you wanting to start journaling, however don’t know where to start? Or think you have nothing to write about? Or maybe you know it is time to make journaling a habit? If so, this post is for you!

Time to Make Journalling A Habit? Here’s How!

Following are some of the basics to start to make journaling in to a habit.

Step 1: Make a Decision to Commit to Journalling –

Yes, this may sound simple, however the first step is commit to make journalling a habit. The following quote sums this up so nicely –

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ William H. Murray.

Step 2: Get Prepared to Start Journalling –

Now that you have decided to commit to the habit of journalling, you can prepare to journal by answering the following questions –

  • When are you going to journal? What day?
  • How long are you going to journal for? Five minutes or until you’ve written a page or ??
  • How often are you going to journal for? Every day or every second day or ??
  • Where are you going to journal? I suggest a quiet please where there is going to be limited interruptions or distractions.
  • What tools with you require? For example, do you need a journal, pens, journaling prompts?

The other question, you might like to consider are –

  • How are you going to journal? Are you going to allow yourself to write freely, follow a structure, respond to some journaling prompts or maybe even a combination!

Once you have decided on the above, you can start journalling!

Step 3: Start Journalling –

Once you have prepared, you can then start journalling. As indicated about, it is up to you how you do it, for how long, when and where, the important thing is to do it. After you have journalled, you might want to decide on an action you can take from what you have written. This could be a small task or something to stop doing. However, just writing and getting things off your mind, could also give you the clarity you required.

Step 4: After a While You Might Like to Reflect

During different times of the year, you may like to reflect on what you have written. I like to do this to see how much has evolved, see what I have completed and also connect with experiences and memories.

Over to You…

I hope this post has helped you start identify how to make journalling a habit. If you have any questions, please write then below.

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