How to Make Journaling A Habit

How to Make Journaling A Habit

I’ve always kept some sort of diary or journal, for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, my journals were mainly used for talking about what happened each day, which boy I liked or letting off steam when something upset me.

As I’ve gotten older, journaling has become a much bigger part of my life and is one of my favorite way to end the day.

Journaling is great for our mental health, our mood, organization, goals, and much more. It helps me organize my thoughts and keeps my calm when things don’t go as planned.

Perhaps you LOVE the idea of journaling every day but you can’t for the life of you make it into a regular habit. 

In this article, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets…

How to start a journal and actually keep up the routine, so you can for once fill in one of the countless notebooks you’ve bought in hopes of finally starting a journal. 

How to Start Journaling

The first steps to starting a journal are pretty simple. All you need is an empty notebook and your favorite pen. That’s it!

The hardest part is answering the question WHY.

Why do you want to start a journal? And what do you hope to accomplish by journaling?

A few reasons why you may want to start a journal could be that you want to…

  • Spark daily creativity

  • Work on your goals

  • Reduce your stress levels

  • Become a better writer

  • Have more clarity and become more organized

  • Increase your self-awareness

  • Improve your memory

The benefits of starting a journaling habit are endless. So, let your guard down and express yourself in an honest and carefree way.

How To Make Journaling A Habit

In order to gain the benefits from journaling, you can’t just write in your journal once in a while. You have to make it a priority.

Journaling has to be something that you do everyday without thinking about it.

Start small, set journaling goals that are realistic for you. For example, try writing at least 2-3 times a week, for about 15-20 minutes at a time.

Pick a certain time of day for journaling. First thing in the morning or shortly before bed might be best so it’s separate from other daily tasks and distractions.

Make journaling a ritual in your everyday routine.

You can also add it to your daily to-do list or set a reminder on your phone to help you remember.

More tips to make journaling a habit:

  • Don’t worry about doing it the “right way” or making it look perfect. Your journal is for your eyes only, no one else.

  • Get creative and make your journal prettier with washi tape, stickers, pens and other fun planner supplies.

  • Try different types of journaling to figure out what works best for you.

  • Use prompts. Journaling prompts are a great way to overcome any potential writer’s block.

  • Have fun and just do it! 🙂

Before you go

I hope you’ve found these tips on how to start a journaling habit helpful.

Let me know in the comments below what type of journal you’re using and how it’s going.

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