There is power in the written word, therefore I find myself rather fussy about what I write down. I commit good thoughts in pen as bad thoughts are best written in sand and then blown away with the wind. I found some really stunning journaling tips from https://www.theladders.com/ and felt it is worth the share below:
Use a starter question
So you’re ready to write…but what do you journal about? Generally, you can write about your day, interesting events, or thoughts that come up. If you’re stuck, here are some starter questions:
- What am I most thankful for?
- What is something I’m proud of achieving?
- What is something I want to achieve?
- What is something interesting that happened today?
- How am I feeling?
Make it convenient
If you make journaling a complicated, difficult exercise that you need to force yourself to do, it’s only going to be a matter of time before you give up. You probably won’t even get started in the first place.
To begin, you might prefer to journal either in the morning or in the evening (or both). You can put your journal on your bedside table so that you remember to write an entry everyday. Someone I know carries a journal around and pulls it out to jot down an entry when the mood strikes, whether that be in a restaurant, in a park, amongst family and friends, or alone.
Many people think a journal entry requires a minimum number of words as if you need to write a certain amount or else it’s not worth bothering at all. If this is what you think, reconsider that thought. Your journal is completely your own for you to do what you want with.
An entry can be as short or as long as you want it to be. If you just want to jot down a couple of words, that’s fine!
Journal In Your Style
When I first started journaling, my entries were brief. I wrote down the facts, including where I went and what I did. Then slowly, my entries grew longer.
I started to write reflections on my experiences. I started to connect different events in my life and how one led to another. I would ask myself why I did certain things or felt a certain way.
In short, a journal allowed me to see life from a different angle. The effect wasn’t immediate, but as I become more comfortable journaling, I better understood recurring patterns.
Starting a journal is like planting a seed. You might not see much today, but one day you’ll see the fruits of your labor and be glad that you took the initiative. The rewards of journaling are great. They’re yours for the taking.