How To Start Journaling – Journal Series Part 2

How To Start Journaling

I journal every single day, it is my favourite habit. However, I didn’t always feel this way about journaling, when I first started journaling it didn’t go very well. So I have come up with some ideas to help you to start journaling. 

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Find Your Why

I think it is important to understand why you want to start journaling before you even start. If you don’t know maybe you need to find out what journaling is all about. Having a definitive why can be very important, especially at the start when you might not be so motivated to journal or you aren’t yet seeing the benefit.

Your why could be because you want to focus your life, on your values, you want to start tracking your moods or stress. Your why could be anything you want it to be but it has to be personal to you and it has to matter to you. 

Understanding what your why is can be very helpful as when you feel like you can’t be bothered or you don’t want to continue with your journaling you think of your why to motivate you to continue to journal.

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Just Start

Sometimes the easiest way to start is just by starting. Write whatever you want to. You could write about your day and the activities you have done or how you felt about those activities. Another thing you could do is just write whatever is on your mind whether it is something you have been meaning to do or something that’s been bothering you. It doesn’t matter, the only important thing is that you just write. 

This is often the hardest step but once you have started it will be easier for you to decide what you want to write about and what you don’t. It doesn’t matter if what you write doesn’t make sense or isn’t grammatically correct. Just making a start is the best thing you can do.

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Journal Prompts

If you are still struggling and don’t know what to write about another really helpful thing is to look for journal prompts. There are thousands upon thousands of journal prompts online. I really like looking on Pinterest for journal prompts as there are some really great ones available. 

When I first started journaling I found a 30 day journal challenge on Pinterest. There were 30 different prompts on the list. There was a prompt for each day of the month and I think this was one of the most helpful things that really got me into journaling. After the challenge was complete I felt extremely proud of myself for completing every day and it also helped me to understand what I wanted to write about and things I wanted to focus on.


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