It’s never too late to start a new chapter in your life.
This year, especially today is the right time to start your journal.
You don’t have to write in a journal daily, because journaling shouldn’t be a daunting task.
Journaling is very customizable.
What’s nice about journaling is the flexibility it allows you to have.
You keep up with your journal when you need a release or to pause for reflection. Plus it’s a beautiful way to look back at a particular time as it captures what you were experiencing and thinking. And when you have stress, it’s a fantastic way to allow yourself to release all that which is bottled up inside you.
I have been journaling since I hit double digits. Throughout the years keeping a journal has helped me have an outlet for some of my experiences, concerns, my future thinking, and creativity. As an unexpected bonus, I can reflect with certainty, because I have documentation.
Now for why you are here! 🙂
✏️How to Begin Journaling
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Step 1: Find your beginner’s tools.
The simplest tools for beginners is a paper and pen. This advice might seem too simplistic, but it’s essential that you establish a foundation first. The foundations of your journal start with simplicity and writing.
Step 2: Start writing.
Don’t worry about what to write. Just start writing. Write about anything and everything that comes to mind. With time you will decide what fits for your vision of journaling. After you have several entries in your journal take a moment to look at all your entries. You should see a pattern to how you use your journal. That pattern should help you determine how you will use your journal moving forward.
Step 3: It doesn’t have to start beautiful
It doesn’t have to be beautiful. Aesthetics can be incorporated later. Part of the journey is in learning. You have every permission in the world to try new ideas and make mistakes with your journal. It will getter prettier with time.
Step 4: Experimenting with paper
There is no right or wrong way to do this. You can experiment with different types of paper like blank papers, lined papers, grid patterns and so on. Get a feel for what works best for you and your purpose for journaling.
Step 4: Try new tools.
You may want to try adding a pencil, ruler, coloring pens or pencils, highlighters, or stickers. You may want to use a ruler to create boxes or use a pencil to sketch doodles before inking. Keep track of what’s important by using a highlighter. Or add pops of color or create drawings with coloring pens and pencils. Maybe you aren’t into doodling or drawing; then stickers, stencils, or washi tape might be right for you.
Step 5: Keep up with it
Don’t lose sight of why you created a journal in the first place. You’ve got some time use it to journal your way, for your intent. A little persistence goes a long way. Before you know it, journaling will be regular part of your life. And the best part is that if you ever stop you can always pick up the habit at any time.
📝You can write about your thoughts, experiences, things you are learning, and feelings. In some cases, you may even choose to add planning into your journal. You could also keep a journal as a creative way to break down tasks. You can use it to create lists and break down the things you have to do. Or you could view it as planning for your new and improved future you.