Have you ever wondered why you act a certain way in situations or why you always seem to destroy a good opportunity when it comes your way? Me too! And do you want to know how I have discovered my reasons? The simple answer is a journal! This post will show you how to master a journal. Think of this post as the ultimate guide to journaling!
Remember when you were in elementary school and writing in a journal everyday was a mandatory part of class? You would write an entry and the teacher would grade it and at the end of the school year you would have a little exercise book filled with all your hopes and dreams for your year.
Somehow it was so much easier back then.
Now it somehow feels silly to write what we hope and dream about. Why is that?
I want to inspire you to take yourself back to that time when things just didn’t seem so difficult.
A journal is not a juvenile thing to do and it certainly isn’t something that only women do!
Everyone can benefit from jotting down their thoughts everyday.
What Type Of Journal Should I Begin?
There are so many types of journals that you can begin today and they are all beneficial in their own way. I have a post that explains each type in detail. You can check that post out below but I will still list them all for you.
Here are 10 of the most popular journals you can begin today:
- Bullet Journal
- Vision Journal
- Line-A-Day Journal
- Classic Journal
- Prayer Journal
- Dream Journal
- Food Journal
- Travel Journal
- Gratitude Journal
- Project Journal
Each journal has its own purpose. If you have more than one issue that you are trying to tackle then maybe you may want to start more than one.
I have 2. One for my personal use and another for my business. Both are just classic journals. I could never get used to bullet journaling. I tried so many times. I love how decorative and colourful they are so I use highlighters and stickers in mine to sort of getting the same effect.
There are no rules to journaling-you just have to start.
Here is a post that explains each type to help you decide.
10 Types Of Journals
How Do You Find The Time To Journal?
Finding the time is really the most challenging step when starting a journal. As with anything in life, you will never see results unless you are consistent. So, here lies the dilemma!
I have a few helpful suggestions on how to master a journal.
Try associating your journal time with another activity. This is what I do.
When I sit down to start work in the morning, I pick up my journal and have a brain dump before I begin my work for the day. After dinner, I do the same thing with a nice cup of tea.
This is the only thing that works for me. If I had to call it journal time, I would never stick with it!
Check out this post for more great ideas that may help you.
How To Use A Journal For Self Care
Guys a journal can be so much more than a diary of your life,even though that is probably the most popular. You can use a journal for self care as well.
If you are having problems with stress or having problems sleeping or even problems feeling lonely, then a journal can be your new best friend!
Use your journal to document when you are feeling stressed or lonely. When you do this you are able to figure out what causes you to feel that way. You can then look back on your journal and possibly change your behaviour.
Here are some posts that go into this in more detail.
A Journal For Stress
Journaling Can Help With Loneliness
Journaling Can Help With Mental Health
How To Master A Journal And Reach Your Personal Goals
Now that you know all the amazing things a journal can do for self-care, let’s learn how to master a journal that’s specifically for reaching our goals.
I use a journal for goals in my business everyday. I also use it to plan out the steps I will take to reach each goal.
It’s so much easier for me to see all the steps I need to take to reach my goals no matter how big or small they may be.
If you are a visual person a journal may be something that will work for you!
This post can help you in more detail.
Journaling And Goals
How To Journal Consistently And Make It A Habit
If you are in this journaling thing with all your energy, than you probably want to learn how to make writing in a journal a habit.
To be honest it all comes down to how dedicated of a person are you?
If you are willing to write everyday and read what you wrote and learn how to change as a person from what you have learned than you got this and you could probably help me!
Like I said above try writing in your journal the same time everyday or after you do something else.
For example, after you take a relaxing bath or after you have breakfast.
Check out these posts for more great ideas!
What To Do If You Have Writers Block
Not everyone can come up with consistent ideas to write about in their journal. I can help you with this, I want you to keep writing and learning about the amazing person that you are!
Below, you will find a button that will lead you to 20 free self-development prompts. These prompts will really help you dig deep and dive into your character. Some of them may be a bit heavy and if they are triggering, don’t use that prompt.
Remember there are no rules here!
Writing in a journal has changed from the days of our childhood. We can and should use a journal as a tool for self-development.
I hope that I have shown you the power of a journal and helped you to discover what writing everyday can do for your life.
Don’t forget a journal is more than a diary and there are no rules to journaling!
I hope you learn how to master a journal today!
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