Journaling is very important to me. My second suggestion is log what you eat, your emotions, and thoughts .
I have heard that people who log their food tend to lose more weight than people who don’t.
I also feel that writing what I feel and think in a journal helps me a lot. Like the other day I was feeling depressed. I tried tapping, suggestion 8 and did not help to release the depression. In my journalI wrote down what my thoughts were and the low down feeling left.
I am not staying journaling is a cure for depression, I am on meds for depression . This was a depressing feeling because of negative thoughts and if lifted when I got in touch with what I was thinking and feeling.
20 Basic Journaling Tips
1. You will need a journal (I highly suggest you use a journal or notebook, and not to write in a Word document or directly on to your blog).
2. Mornings are usually the best time to journal. Try to write at least once every morning ( if mornings will not work for you, find a time that does).
3. It is usually best to write at the same time each day to get in the habit.
4. Do not edit your journal.
5. Try writing nonstop in a stream of consciousness style.
6. Write every day for 21 days.
7. If you form a writer’s block, just write anything (even if it’s “I can not write” over and over). Just keep writing.
8. Write for yourself (you don’t have to show your journal to anyone).
9. Try to write either 3 large or 6 medium size pages a day.
10. You do not have to time yourself or write a certain amount of words.
11. Choose a focus for your journal (examples: memoirs, family life, or your calling).
12. Just write, and don’t fear writer’s block. It happens to everyone.
13. Tell your own story.
14. Just be yourself.
15. Write for the fun and joy of it.
16. Express yourself, and release your emotions onto the page.
17. Write, even if it is hard and you do not feel like it.
18. You may want to post some of your journal on your blog, but you don’t have to. It is up to you.
19. Keep a general journal. I have multiple journals/notebooks, but it can get too confusing.
20. If you like, you can combine your prayer, gratitude, and general journal into just one book.
Pick one suggestion to do today.
A Diary: a written record of what you did, using a page or a few lines to record what occurred each day.
Journal Writing: recording your thoughts, feelings, experiences, goals, disappointments, fears, dreams, etc… at some specific time in your life.
Freewriting: just starting to write as fast and as much as you can without stopping. This a great way to start the writing flow when you have to write a paper or that blog post.
Morning Pages: a brain dump every morning (very much like freewriting) consisting of three large handwritten one-sided pages written very quickly.
A Personal Blog: a web blog that is an online personal diary or journal meant to be read exclusively by family, friends, or a like-minded audience.
Lists: writing down a series or number of items (usually one below the other) such as “100 things I want to do”, “100 things I fear”, etc.
Narrative: talking to someone or something like your inner child or critic.
Are you a beginning journal writer or want to be one? How do you get started? First, find or buy a notebook or journal, then buy a pen you like writing with. It does not have to be fancy (I use Zebra mechanical pencils). Fancy is not a good thing if you do not feel comfortable writing with the pen in your journal.
Try some deep breathing exercises to relax before you start journaling. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Start by writing notes to your future self. As I mentioned before, writing lists is another good way to start journaling.
I believe there should not be any rules for journaling unless you want to create your own. The important thing is to start writing. Don’t be concerned about spelling or grammar. Journaling is a private matter, and most likely will not be shared.
Write whatever you want. Express yourself. Relieve your stress and worries. Journaling is therapeutic and can help you solve many problems.
Mistake 1: Not being flexible, or using “all or nothing” thinking.
Some women fall for all or nothing thinking, determined to journal every day or not at all. It is better to say I will journal 10 minutes 3 times a week. A bare minimum is much better than not at all. So if you miss a day, do not freak out. Just pick it up the next day.
There is a natural tendency to believe that it is not working out or you are not a good writer if you miss a day. Well, all of that talk is negative thinking. Try to remember that it does not matter if you are a good writer or not, just that you keep writing.
Mistake 2: Creating lots of rules to follow
Be careful about following too many rules about journaling. I believe you should journal often but trying to journal every day may be too difficult for some.
Try scheduling your journaling time into your datebook, but do not beat yourself up if you do not journal. Journaling rules should be either none at all or ones that you create.
Mistake 3: Not developing a writer’s voice
How do you find your writer’s voice? It takes time and practice. It is not really a matter of finding it. We all have a voice, but we need to recognize and develop it. Even if you are only writing for yourself, it is best to “find” and develop your voice.
Read this post for more on developing your writer’s voice here:
Mistake 4: Writing for an audience and not yourself (self-censorship)
Do not censor yourself. The key is writing for yourself. If you are afraid others will read your journal, lock it up or hide it. Do not worry about either grammar or spelling.
Mistake 5: Being close-minded
Don’t think “oh, journaling will not work for me” before you even try it. You need to try journaling for at least 21 days before giving up because it takes about 3 weeks to develop a new habit.