Daily Journaling for Beginners

Monday, February 26, 2024

I always see people talking about how they have made journaling a part of their morning routine, or any time of day for that matter.  But a lot of people have also said they struggle to do it because they aren't sure what to write. I'm one of those people. Sometimes I think I'd want a prompt but other times I just want to vent.  I have actually embraced writing in a journal every morning for the last year, even if it's just one sentence.  So if you are looking to do the same, here's how you can start.

Pick a Journal
You can buy a blank journal which works really well for some people.  Other people prefer a sketchbook so they can doodle along with their journal entries. Some people use their daily/weekly planner to journal.  And at times I've actually bought journals that have writing prompts in them. Whatever works for you is fine but if you're starting out and don't know what might work for you, consider just getting a daily planner book so there's a space everyday for you to write.  I actually prefer moon phase journals most of the time because I like to see what's going on in the world (or solar system) to kind of explain my moods. 
Pick a Time
To make writing in your journal part of your daily routine you need to start making it become a habit. This is done by repeatedly writing every day.  So when you pick a time of day that works best for you to have time to actually write, you're going to really establish that behavior as part of your daily routine. For me, journaling is done in the morning.  Usually I do it after I shower or right before I sign on to work for the day.  I keep the journal and pen in a place where I can easily access them. 
Pick a Prompt
This part is the tricky one but it doesn't have to be.  You can start by just writing down how you feel like if you're tired, motivated, etc.   I have 30 days of journal prompts you can pick and choose and use repeatedly throughout the year. Sometimes having a prompt when you can't think of anything else to write is really helpful.  Sometimes I even write at the end of the day in my journal to recap stuff that happened.  You don't even have to be all deep and fancy with it.  If you just want to journal by writing down your plans for the day, that still counts! It's actually like setting intentions for the day when you do that. 

I feel like writing in a journal is a great way to spend a few moments with yourself each day and get things out of your head and onto paper.  Sometimes it's cathartic to write down emotions you may be feeling too.  It doesn't have to be a big grand production, just get started and make it a habit and along the way you can change things like what you write about or even what you write in. 

Do you have a daily habit of writing in a journal? Tell me about it!

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