As much as I keep all my tasks on my point, I have a confession. Keeping a journal is not one of my many strengths, even if I have been diary writing since I was 8. I did journalling on and off, but now I have been able to better at it, thanks to a small red notebook that I have on hand each day.
We have tasked Schyler, our son to keep a daily journal as well. Writing is not one of his strengths in school, so as much as he disliked our rule – we made sure that he wrote something – anything on a daily basis.
Journalling for me is a way of decluttering my brain, to give space for new ideas and it helps me find direction in life and business. So, here are some quick tips on how to start and keep a journal.
Tips on How to Start and Keep a Journal
- Write Daily. Set an alarm to write either late in the evening or early in the morning.
- Use trigger words. Dear Diary or This morning…Just to get the ball rolling.
- Be yourself. Journalling is for you, not for anyone else. Don’t worry if your grammar is not perfect.
- Make a list of things you like or don’t like.
- Write even if you are sleepy, tired, happy.
- Write about your goals.
- Help get over your past by writing it on a pen or a computer.
- Time yourself when writing.
- Use bullet points. Sometimes your journal entry can be as simple as 6:00 AM – went to the gym 10:00 AM – had brunch with a friend.
- Try not to miss more than 2-3 days of not writing. Jump back on track when you miss some days.
Our son just started recently, and reading his entries is very amusing. You get to know what stood out for him that day. And you will know more about yourself too. You will eventually learn what you have been focusing on and what you’re not.
Keeping a diary or writing a journal helps with creativity, improves memory and helps deal with the emotional stress of the daily grind.
Go ahead and start writing a journal. However which way you want to keep it, online or offline. Just start it and spend 15-20minutes a day and reap the health benefits today.