New to Journaling? Here Are Prompts, Hacks, and Everything You Need To Know About Fitting It In to Your Routine

Until recently, my diary and I were just acquaintances who exchanged perfunctory nods or “hellos” whenever we crossed paths. It would move from my desk to my bedside to the kitchen countertop (in an attempt to determine whether its placement mattered), constantly looking back from me, urging me to complete its pages. When I did put pen to paper, it was almost always out of guilt, and my posts were superficial and inconsistent. But everything changed when I discovered (and began writing about) manifestation journaling. It’s now my day’s anchor—a component of my daily ritual that helps me ground myself and work through any worry.

Purchasing a gleaming new journal helps me rekindle my journaling practice when it becomes stale. It is, after all, a blank canvas with infinite possibilities. If you’re new to journaling, though, it might be intimidating, leaving you wondering “Where do I begin?” and “What should I write about?” The good news is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to journaling. All it takes is figuring out what works best for you to get started and keep practicing on a regular basis. Continue reading for a step-by-step approach to journaling for beginners. This is Journaling 101. You’ll want to jot down some notes.

Where do I begin?

1.Figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Journaling is experiencing a rebirth, and with good cause. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t tried it and doesn’t suggest it for its numerous advantages and purposes, from stress relief to anxiety management. Perhaps you’re seeking for a new creative outlet or a way to change up your self-care regimen. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to move past restricting ideas or explore your emotions. Knowing why you’re starting a diary can help you stay motivated and dedicated to it. And after you’ve figured out what you want to get out of writing, your route will be more clearer.

New to Journaling? Here Are Prompts, Hacks, and Everything You Need To Know About Fitting It In to Your Routine

2.Select a vehicle

There’s something about the power of handwriting that helps us remember facts, process emotions, and hold ourselves responsible to our objectives. However, there is no need that a diary be in the form of a notebook. Let’s face it: we’re all addicted to our laptops and phones, and we could compose and SMS our ideas while sleeping. In other words, if adopting a digital medium for your writing practice, such as a journaling app, Google Docs, or the recording feature on your phone, is more convenient and successful, go for it. If you like to write with a pen and paper, choose a prompt notebook or a gorgeous blank diary that you’d want to keep on your desk. Bottom line: Choose a journaling method that works best for you and your lifestyle.

What should I write in my journal?

Remove any preconceived beliefs that your writing must sound nice, let alone be insightful, and check your inner critic at the door (she’s not welcome!). Simply take your preferred pen in hand, turn off your editing mode, and let your thoughts flow. Remember that journaling is a private, judgment-free experience. Isn’t it easier said than done? Here are five questions to get you started, as well as five different sorts of journaling approaches to go with them:

1.Write down three things you’re grateful for today in a gratitude diary.

It should come as no surprise that thankfulness has been proved to improve general happiness, and gratitude writing is a simple and effective approach to incorporate it into your daily routine. Don’t second-guess yourself: Make a list of the first three things that occur to mind, no matter how little they may appear. It may be the matcha latte you bought for yourself, your spouse for surprise you with flowers just because, a stranger at the grocery store who complimented you, or your puppy for never leaving your side while you were sick all day.

2.Journaling about your future self: “In five years, I will…”

Do you ever find yourself thinking about the possibilities for your future? You were connecting to your future self whether you noticed it or not. The core of future-self journaling is reflecting on who you are today while creating objectives to become the best version of yourself. When thinking about your life in five years, be realistic about who you will be and what you will accomplish. What exactly are you up to? What do you have on? Where have you gone? Who are you hanging out with? Start acting like the person you want to be today to move one step closer to being your future self.

3.Manifestation journaling: “What isn’t serving you any longer?”

We cling on to people, objects, locations, events, attitudes, or habits (I could go on and on) that can come in the way of our achieving our objectives, whether we mean to or not. You’re recognizing aspects of your life that are draining your energy, making a deliberate decision to let them go, and releasing their hold on you and your life by writing down what’s no longer serving you on a page. You make place for new connections, opportunities, and beliefs that give value to you and are connected with what you want to manifest when you deliberately let go of your attachments.

4.Bullet journaling: “Make a list of tasks or habits you can commit to starting next month for a better and more fulfilling existence.”

One of the most appealing aspects of journaling is that it is a personal experience that you can tailor to your preferences. Bullet journaling takes it to the next level—the possibilities are endless. Your diary is for monitoring what’s essential to you and you alone, whether it’s daily routines, financial goals, body positive affirmations, individuals you wish to connect with, food planning, sleep, or mood. So, if you want to smash it in June by working out four times a week (anyone else in an exercise rut? ), write it down. Not only will writing down your desired behavior help you track your progress, but it will also hold you accountable.

5.Mood journaling: “How do you feel, and why do you feel that way?”

Being in touch with your emotions is a valuable quality to possess. Introducing mood journaling. You acknowledge your feelings, allow yourself room to absorb them, and either accept them or design a strategy to manage them when you name and write down your emotions (i.e. angry, sad, glad, or a mixed bag). Looking inside and being honest with oneself is required while attempting to understand where your emotions come from. Although not every unpleasant feeling requires or has a solution, writing it down can help you come up with effective strategies to respond to it that you can add to your toolkit.

What’s the best way to make it a habit?

We set resolutions every year and are reminded that keeping them needs practice. According to a research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, establishing a new habit takes an average of 66 days. Consider writing posts on a regular basis, whether it’s every day, every other day, or once a week. When it comes to sitting down to journal, when is the finest time of day? It’s up to you to try it out and make a decision. For a few days, try writing down your ideas first thing in the morning. If it doesn’t seem right, read your notebook at night or whenever you feel the need.

Create a goal for your diary regimen that you can realistically keep up with, regardless of the regularity or time of day you choose. However, don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a few days or weeks (life happens). If keeping to a regular schedule makes journaling feel like just another chore to add to your already long to-do list, write whenever you’re inspired or have nagging ideas instead. Journaling should not seem compelled or burdensome.