Tips for Successful Journaling

November 18, 2019

Have you been intending to journal, but haven’t managed to do it? Do you wonder why something that seems so easy can be so hard? Here’s five tips for creating a journaling practice that will help you be successful. 

1. Keep a separate journal for each focus, and keep it where you’re going to use it. If you’re wanting to do morning pages, keep a diary, and write in a gratitude journal, you’re going to spend more time looking for your journal than writing in it if you try to use one for all these things! Make it easy for yourself, and keep your journal for morning pages by the breakfast table, your diary in your purse, and your gratitude journal by your bedside. The added bonus of this is when you pick up your journal your brain will know what to expect and it will be easier to get down to business.

2. Use an approachable journal. Fancy, gorgeous notebooks sometimes can be too intimidating to write in, and result in either you not using it or not being authentic in your writing because you want something that looks like it’s worthy of your journal. If it’s easier to write in a cheap wire-bound cat notebook from the drug store, then do it!

3. Set some standards and stick to them. Whether you decide you’re going to write for three minutes, or three pages, set some goal that means you won’t just sit there staring at a blank page. If your goal is to hit a time or page count, then you’re not going to be worrying about quality or whether your penmanship looks good.

4. Get thee some journal prompts, and write them in your journal! It’s really hard to start by staring at a blank page, and often we very much don’t feel like writing about what’s on our mind even if we have the strongest intention to do so. You can make it easier on yourself by getting hold of some journal prompts and writing them on the top of some spaced-apart pages in your journal. That way, you can pick one and just get going, trusting that what you need to write that day will come out onto the page somehow.

5. Don’t let the best be the enemy of the good. It’s ok if all you’ve written one day is “Mondays Suck” for one full page, or if you think that what you wrote isn’t any good. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you show up and write something on a regular basis.