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Hey y’all! I was feeling the urge to write something today and I thought it was worth sharing, so here I am! I know many of you (especially the planner girls!) would like to create a consistent journaling habit. This is something I have definitely been focusing on for 2019 and I hope to keep it up, for a long time, to come. It can be difficult to get started, but once you do, you will find that it gets easier and easier to write. Below, you will find my main tips for daily journaling.
I know I have been absent for a couple of weeks. I’m sorry! Things have just been so crazy around here. I have been down and out with a sinus bug and the adoption process has been keeping us very busy. This means my posting schedule won’t be as consistent, as I would like it to be, but don’t worry, I will still be around. I’m always hanging out on Instagram, so definitely go follow me there!
Anyway, let’s get on with this show….
Tip #1 for Daily Journaling
Set a reminder. This could be an alarm on your phone or if you prefer the handwritten way, then add it to your todo list. The important thing is, that it needs to be a very noticeable, impossible to miss, note. Don’t let forgetfulness be an excuse to not get it done. If it’s a habit, that you truly want to commit to, then make it happen.
Create a habit tracker. If you aren’t familiar with a habit tracker, then just give it a search on Pinterest. You will be surprised with the many different ways that you can hold yourself accountable. I use a weekly habit tracker, in my planner, for keeping up with several different goals/habits, that I have for myself. The feeling of accomplishment you have, when you see a completely filled in tracker, can’t be beat.
Use journaling as a time to reflect. After a long day, journaling is a great way to capture your thoughts and dump all of your worries out onto paper. Recently, I read The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll. In his book, Ryder, discusses the importance of reflection. It helps you to understand your motives and to determine if you need to do things differently. I like to do this, in the evening, close to bedtime. I feel like I sleep so much better, when I have been able to empty my brain, before my head hits the pillow.
Keep a pen and paper nearby. After dinner, I know that I will be sitting on the couch, hanging out with my husband, and watching Netflix. This is our pre-bedtime routine. So, in order to reinforce my daily journaling habit, I keep my journal and pen, in a basket, right next to the couch. It makes it stupid-easy for me to just reach over and grab it.
Tip # 5
Make it a relaxing and enjoyable time. Pour a glass of wine or tea, put on some chill background music, use some awesome journaling prompts (like the ones I’m sharing, down below). Light a scented candle. Let it be a meditative and relaxing experience. It will be something you look forward to, at the end of your day.
Use journaling to express gratitude or prayer. This is my absolute favorite way to journal. In fact, I actually journal twice a day (most days). In the morning, I use my Faith Journal. I will write out a scripture, at least two things I am grateful for, and a full page of prayer. This helps me to start my day feeling closer to God and just having a better attitude in general.
So, now that you have some tips for success, are you ready to get started?! I created a printable of 28 journaling prompts, for you to use to get your creative juices flowing. Some of the prompts can be answered in a few sentences and others will need a little more explanation. You don’t have to use them, in the order I listed them in (that’s why I didn’t number them). Just pick what you are interested in and then get to writing!
CLICK HERE to sign up for the printable! Happy journaling!
Until next time!