If you are wondering how to start journaling when you’ve been putting it off, then you’re in the right place! I’m going to share some simple ways to motivate you to start journaling and do it regularly so you can tap into the benefits of writing.
Start Each Entry with a Prompt
A lot of times the reason people don’t write in their journal more often is because they aren’t sure what to write about. This might be in the beginning where you lack proper inspiration, or you have been journaling for a while.
When you’re feeling stuck, journaling prompts are a great way to start! They provide questions or statements that you answer in your journal entries, with topics like childhood memories, future goals, and recollecting different things in your life.
Use Your Journal Like a Diary
This is a little trick that really does work wonders. Sometimes people get overwhelmed with the thought of journaling because there are so many different types. While each of these provide more flexibility for you, you might be more interested in just writing how you feel. The good news is that it doesn’t have to follow any conventional rules. Just write in it like you would a diary when you were a kid or teenager. Write to yourself, or write to an invisible person. Do it however you want.
Pick the Journaling Time Wisely
When you choose to write in your journal can also become more motivating for you. If you feel more creative and inspired in the morning, then that is when you should write in your journal. On the other hand, some people find that they prefer nighttime writing, or in the middle of the day between appointments or while on a lunch break. If you’re struggling with this, try different times and circumstances, and you will likely find at least one that works best for you.
Find a Better Reason to do it
This one I find to be a big yet simple tip. Know the reason of why you want to journal. For me it was definitely to change my thought process so that I could create a positive impact in my life.
Just wanting to journal because of some vague benefits might not be enough. Really hone in on why YOU want to journal, and what you hope to get out of it. Don’t worry about the reasons other people choose to write in their journal. This is you and your experience, so it should really be unique to you.
Make this your first prompt: Why do you want to start journaling?