After reading my previous blogs about journaling, a host of readers reached me and shared that although journaling works as a wonderful therapy for them but they’re unable to make it a habit. Many of you told me that you find it hard to manage time for journal writing. While some said they want to do it, but it’s quite mundane for them sometimes. And I completely agree with your views because I’ve also been there. So, I got you.
Well honestly speaking, journaling is equivalent to meditation for me. It has always been so therapeutic to me and helps to remove the clouds of fog from my brain. Those of you who already do journaling must be aware of the fact that how it helps to shut up the continuous chatter going on in our heads. And ultimately, makes our mind a calm and quiet place.
Okay so, today’s blog post is all about journaling. I realized that I’ve shared the benefits of journaling and how to do journaling. But I’ve never really talked about how to make it a habit. So, if you’re someone who is struggling to make it a routine, I’ve got some quick tips for you so that you can successfully make journaling a part of your everyday routine.
But before we jump into the idea of making journal writing a habit, I want you to go through the below posts to get a clear picture of journaling and its benefits.
TIPS TO MAKE JOURNALING A HABIT
No matter if you’re already doing journaling or a beginner, I don’t want you to feel it like a chore. Rather I want you to do it by your heart. Because only then, you’ll be able to see the results. So, here are my tips that keeps me going for journaling and I hope it will help you as well.
GET YOURSELF A JOURNAL
So, it’s the most fun part of journaling. If you find it boring to write down your thoughts on a simple plain paper, then it’s a great idea to buy yourself a journal. Being a journal junkie, I always prefer to use physical planners or diaries that keeps me excited to do things.
And even if it doesn’t excite you as much as it does to me, then I would recommend you to have some fun with it. But how? Well, get yourself a journal with your favorite quote, or favorite color or some unique design that you would love to keep yourself with. There would definitely be something that excites you, try to add that in your journal.
DEDICATE SOME TIME TO JOURNALING
If you genuinely want to make journaling a habit, then it’s very very important to pick a dedicated time for it. Watch your schedule, and decide what the best suitable timing is for you. Try to pick the time when you can write mindfully.
Well, I have the luxury of taking my mornings a bit slower, so I practice it in the morning. But if you don’t have time in the morning, I would recommend you to do it before going to bed. This can help you to dump unwanted thoughts on a piece of paper and go to bed with a calm mind. But then again, it’s all your choice to opt the best suitable timing for you so that you can practice it mindfully.
DON’T STRESS OVER WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT
Often times, people tell me that they don’t understand what to write while journaling. Remember, there are no particular rules. Journaling should not be something that stress you out, instead it’s all about emptying your mind from everything that is going on there. But still if you find it hard, then I have got free journal prompts to help you get started.
Now just grab a pen and let the words flow out of you. And yes, resist the urge to edit whatever you’re writing. Grammatical errors, misspellings – Let it all go.
Consistency is what takes something you do one day and turns it into a lifestyle. You’ll have to make bit efforts here. Even on the days when you really feel it like a chore, do it anyway. I, here challenge you to still do it and take a moment to think how you feel afterwards. Trust me, it’s a kind of working out that you might not feel like doing sometimes, but then of course, you never regret.
One of my biggest tip to stay consistent with your journal writing is to get yourself a journal that you can keep with yourself 24/7. I mean the one you can even carry with yourself all the time. So that whenever you’re in a mood of writing or feelings are hitting you up, you can immediately write about it and feel calm.
DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF
Well journaling is something that should help you so don’t build mounts of stress for yourself by aiming too high. If doing journaling everyday feels like a big commitment, then start by doing it twice or thrice a week. There’s no shame in starting with small and working your way into it.