Journaling has been a godsend for me
It helps me in many ways. Why should you journal you may ask. I ask you why not. It’s cheap and private. You can use any notebook to write in. You just need a quiet place and you are set to go. Write whatever you feel and think.
- My favorite journaling technique is a brain dump. I just write everything down as it comes into my head. I do not usually read what I write. It is just the act of emptying my mind. Write as fast as you can. Just write whatever comes in your mind.
- I also like to explore questions which I ask myself in my journal like “If I could do anything at all, what would I do?”. It helps to focus my thoughts and brings about self -knowledge.
- The journals, that I do read, act like a time capsule. They document my life and thoughts. They are written records.
- Journaling helps me to solve problems. Journaling acts like a self coach.
- It helps lift writer’s and creativity blocks. If you write for your business or career, freewriting in your journal can help.
- Writing calms and relaxes me. It allows my mind to become free as I dump all my negativity out on paper.
- It helps express myself and my creativity. Freewriting can be very creative. Coming from your inner light, it is an expression of who you are and what you stand for.
- It is both a private place and a sounding board. You can talk to yourself, your journal, or God.
- It helps with my anxiety and worrying. I sometimes keep a worry journal. I try to worry only at certain times on paper.
- It helps me to connect with God. I keep a daily prayer journal and gratitude list.
How do you choose a journal that is best for you? There are many types of diaries and journals out there to choose from: one line a day and guided journals, fancy leather and moleskin diaries, or even a plain notebook. What is your budget? They can cost just a few bucks to $50 and up.
Some people love to write in fancy journals because they are so special, while others are the opposite and are reluctant to write in them because they feel they are too expensive and precious. So ask yourself how do you feel.
I personally do not buy fancy journals. I feel they are too expensive to use. I have used guided to nice journals. Right now, I am keeping a bullet journal (bujo) which I use as both a planner and journal. I also keep a small emotive notebook in the back of the BuJo that I use for a braindump. I don’t believe in following too many rules for journaling. Just pick a few that you like and are able to follow. Make up your own journals if you want.
- Find or order a journal or notebook.
- Read over the many types of personal growth journals and pick one to start.
- Read over the different journaling techniques.
- Once you get your journal, start by writing the type of journal you are keeping on the front cover and write down your goals for journaling. Write them down in the comments section below.
- Pick out 1 to 3 journaling techniques and start journaling.
- Try writing for at least 5 minutes a day (even writing one sentence can be beneficial).
- Write out questions (like “What 25 things do I fear?”) and answer them.
- Try using a timer while journaling.
- Express yourself. Write for only yourself.
- Have fun and write your way to personal growth.
Have you ever journaled? Why or why not? Answer these questions by leaving a comment below.
Living your values is usually not a focus on when seeking your purpose or setting goals. I want to answer these questions.
What to you really want?
What is important to you?
What do you want to change
How do you want to make a difference in the world?
Read over what you have written. Now look for your values. Write down your top 5.
Write what your purpose could be. Brainstorm again. Keep it short, 3 to 5 words only. Don’t stress with this exercise. Just do your best. It doesn’t have to be purpose. Just brainstorm for 10 minutes.
Example: My purpose is to foster hope and freedom in myself and others.