How do you choose a journal that is best for you? There are many types of diaries and journals out there to choose from: one line a day and guided journals, fancy leather and moleskin diaries, or even plain notebooks. What is your budget? They can cost just a few bucks to $50 and up.
Some people love to write in fancy journals because they are so special, while others are the opposite and are reluctant to write in them because they feel they are too expensive and precious. So ask yourself how do you feel.
I personally do not buy fancy journals. I feel they are too expensive to use.
I don’t believe in following too many rules for journaling. Just pick a few that you like and are able to follow. Make up your own rules for journaling if you want.
Why Start a Journal Practice When You Do Not Have the Time
Why start a journal practice when you do not have the time? I know you are busy and feel you do not need another thing on your to-do list. There are many ways to find the time. Do you watch TV or surf the net? Cut back 15 minutes and journal with me instead. Even journaling a few minutes here and there will work. You will reap the benefits.
You don’t need to journal for hours to rake the benefits. Just start anytime. I do suggest you journal everyday to build a habit, but it is up to you.
Write when you can everyday or schedule certain times of the day to write. Both can work. I sometimes write for 5 minutes several times a day. The important thing is to write. I do not believe in rules for journaling, just suggestions.
Why journaling you ask? It can reduce stress and suffering to write about stressful events. If you have experienced trauma, it is a good idea to seek a therapist’s help besides journaling with me.
Start with a brain dump. Set a timer for 10 minutes and just write everything that comes to mind. You can repeat what you write and what you write doesn’t have to make any sense. Just write until the timer goes off. Even 5 minutes to start is fine.
3 Ways to Journal
1. Keep a Mood Log:
Create a chart recording the severity of events or situations on your computer or journal, listing your emotions and rating them from 1 to 100%. Then write out all the thoughts you have. Do the best that you can.
2. Keep a Stream of Consciousness Journal:
Write 2 to 3 pages in your journal as fast as you can. Let all your worries and stress out on paper.
3. Write a List of 100 Things You Worry About or Stresses You Out:
Just write, even repeating things if you must.
- Find or order a journal or notebook.
- Once you get your journal, start by writing the type of journal you are keeping on the front cover and write down your goals for journaling. Write them down in the comments section below.
- Pick out 1 to 3 journaling techniques and start journaling.
- Try writing for at least 5 minutes a day (even writing one sentence can be beneficial).
- Write out questions (like “What 25 things do I fear?”) and answer them.
- Try using a timer while journaling.
- Express yourself. Write only for yourself.
- Have fun and write your way to personal growth.