Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some journaling Tips for People Who Hate to Write – Part 1 Here’s a shocker, there are people who hate to write even though journaling as a daily practice can benefit in a number of ways, including mentally and physically. I mean yes, it’s easy to do, doesn’t require a lot of money, and can be a great option for a lot of people!
The challenge here of course is that it does require writing, and you might find writing to be boring, tedious, or just difficult to do, making it seem impossible to get all the benefits from journaling.
But truth be told, journaling is for everyone, even people who hate to write, and honestly, it doesn’t have to feel like a chore every time.
Find the Right Time to Write
Finding time to write can be a bit of a challenge and if you’re dreading it, maybe you haven’t found the right time to write.
When is it Most Convenient to Write?
For some (me) the most convenient and best time to write is first thing in the morning while drinking my coffee, and preparing for the day. For others, it might be in bed at night before sleep. But maybe the best time for you is when you have a little downtime when you tend to just browse Instagram on your phone, or when you are waiting for someone.
You could be writing when:
You’re waiting for the kids – as they get out of school, while at a doctor’s appointment.
Get to work a little early – you have 5-10 minutes before your official work hours start. Journaling in the morning can be a great way to start your day right and have the perfect mindset for increased productivity.
You are enjoying the park – maybe you’re out and about to get some fresh air, you can easily pack your journal in your bag or purse and get a few minutes of writing done to jot down some thoughts.
Find Your Writing Time
There are likely times of the day when you feel a little more creative and tend to jot notes down or get ideas. This is a hint that it is when you are ready to write in your journal as well. Experiment a little by journaling during different times of the day and figure out when you enjoy it most.
The Time of Day When There Are No Distractions
Some people need a little bit more prep work than others. The trick for you might not be just when you have a few extra minutes to write, but when you don’t have distractions. If you are someone who requires a little more concentration to write, then you might want to pick a time during the day when you don’t have a lot of outsides
- Are you a parent? If so, you may prefer writing in the early morning when your kids are still in bed, or after your kids and spouse have left for the day.
- Do you run your own business? Perhaps you need to shut your office door and keep people out for a few minutes a day while you write in your journal.
- Are you a night owl? If you tend to be up late at night, then you should have plenty of opportunities in the evening when it is quiet to get some extra journaling done.
If you tend to have a busy schedule when there aren’t really these handy times where you don’t have as many distractions, then you will need to create them. Close the door to your home office to tell others they need to give you a few minutes of peace or wake up a few minutes early to write in the morning.
Taking a Break? Time to Write
Take advantage of the moments when you are trying to take a break from other activities. These tend to be good times to get your journal out and write in it. Remember you don’t need to have perfect spelling, worry about what you are writing about, or force yourself to write a certain amount each day. Journaling is not meant to be a chore or an
assignment, but something you find beneficial for you.
Set a timer or don’t, write about what you want, or just jot down your to-do list or what you got done during the day. Any writing is better than no writing.
Journaling Tips for People Who Hate to Write – Part 2 will post August 20.
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