Why and how to start journaling

I have been using all sorts of books as my journal/planner ever since I learnt to write. Over the years, I kept coming back to my old records to appreciate their vintage look and to acknowledge a huge personal development in many areas of my life. As you grow older, your journals are growing with you.

This is the purpose of journaling – your journal is a reflection of your life and your very own guide and coach to better you. It has been proved many times that keeping a journal has numerous health benefits. You keep track of things and record memories that last forever.

Does it help ME to keep a journal? Absolutely! HOW? Because by expressing yourself, you:

  • get rid of negativity
  • clarify your emotions
  • get to know yourself better to understand more why you do this or that
  • lose weight – not literally, but you feel lighter after writing about what makes you sad, angry, or helpless, and trying to find a cure
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • inspire yourself by creating goals and steps to achieve them
  • gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings – you can think about your actions/reactions and how to shift them
  • will be organised and focused more on achieving your goals, personal development, business plans
  • become creative – even though you might think you are not creative at all, you are expressing yourself in a creative way which is unique – it is yours!
  • can track your progress in all aspects of your life
  • feel happier
  • resolve financial problems
  • develop better relationships
  • can make a new career move
  • motivate yourself

 

Deciding on WHAT your journal’s function will be is going to have a huge impact on who you become. Using your journal in a negative way only will definitely reflect your mind every time you open it. Try to use it as a book you will want to come back to for an inspiration, help or relaxation. Expressing your sadness, failures, painful experiences etc. is absolutely fine because you unload negativity without hurting yourself more or anyone around you BUT you need to keep in mind that also planning for improving these things is very important – it is vastly rewarding coming back to your journal and see how you managed to get through difficult times.

As an adult, you want to continue your bestand improve your worst.

Starting a brand new journal is exciting!
You don’t need anything fancy to start journaling. Any type of diary, planner or simply a regular notebook plus pen will do. Because you will be caring this book around a lot, personally, I would choose something that is decent size so it’s not too heavy and a colour/pattern you enjoy looking at.

Now, you got yourself a lovely new book, you open it and you’re stuck because you have no idea what to do with it (I was there too, in fact, everybody was so don’t worry 😉 ).

How to start? What can I use my journal for?

Here are a few tips:

  • bullet journal – using specific coding for various tasks (bulletjournal.com) 
  • diary/daily journal – expressing your emotions, what you did today
  • business planner – meetings, calls, important tasks
  • personal planner – things to do, goals, dates to remember
  • health & fitness journal – keeping track of your workouts, meals
  • travel journal – places to visit, trips, travelling tips
  • family planner – holidays, fun time together, who does what
  • money diary

 

And the list goes on. The possibilities are endless! You can combine everything and put it all together in one book if you like. There is no right or wrong way to keep a journal! The book is yours and you do what works for YOU. I encourage you to try different types and styles of layouts, spreads, decorations, pen colours etc.  to find out what you are truly comfortable with. Experiment! It is the best part of journaling. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake, there will be more to come – you learn and progress as you go.

There is NO NEED to use your journal on daily basis if you don’t feel like writing today as well as spending hours on trying to make it ‘perfect’ (there is no such thing – the sooner you realise that, the better). Think of it as a necessary step to becoming a ‘better you’ – plan for living your life to the fullest and become the best version of yourself! You will notice that it does have a positive impact not only on yourself but also people around you.

So go ahead and buy yourself a lovely new fresh notebook, and start journaling today! I wish you good luck and let me know how you’re doing!!

Enjoy your journey!
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