Deciding to journal is usually far easier than actually beginning to journal. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Once you begin, you can always decide to change up the style in which you journal. If you are following me on social media Clubhouse, to be exact, you will know that I am a big supporter of using journaling prompts for any newbie.
I find that guided journaling prompts also is a great way to get thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Some like to wing it… open your journal and start penning. If you are a planner, you most likely prefer some guidelines. Here are some great things to ask yourself before you start to journal.
✓How do I want to express myself when I journal?
✓How much time do I have to spend journaling?
✓Where do I want to do my journaling?
✓Is there an activity I love that I can use as a form of journaling?
✓What is my goal in creating this journal?
Answering these questions helps you choose the best method and time frame to begin journaling. Now all you need is to pick the method and time frame that suits you and begin.
If you are a busy person, how about getting a journal that you can take with you on the go. When you have a break or find ten minutes to sneak off and write, you have your journal with you, and you can begin penning your thoughts right on the spot.
Consider these things when making your decision.
Be bougie about your tools
Find a pen that is smooth and effortless to use. Decide if you love a notebook that lays flat, a bound blank book or notepad. If you are using an electronic notebook make sure you are in a comfortable space wherever you work. Be on the lookout for tools that will make journaling fun and time well spent. My favorite journaling notebook is the Happy Planners. As far as pens Bic Velocity 1.6 ballpoint and Ultra Thin Sharpies in black. Try out a few options until you find your favorites.
Time is key
If you require the need to have no distractions, find time when you have peace and quiet and are fully charged to do your journaling. This may only be before the family wakes in the morning or after they go to bed. Perhaps you will have to journal in the car between activities for your kids. Be intentional about creating a routine you can count on when you start to journal.
Time may be a commodity, but there are ways to increase your journaling productivity. Reduce distractions, including unnecessary noises. Turn off the radio, or television or close your door. Go outside and listen to the sound of nature or turn on a fan or white noise device. Limit the number of people in your personal space and consider diffusing oils or having a scented candle burning.
Do what comes naturally
The best way to begin journaling is by doing what already comes naturally. If you love to write, get to it. If you are a list maker, start listing your thoughts down. If you are a talker and a runner, consider an audio journal that you can dictate into while you do double duty as you exercise. My newest App that I am crushing on at the moment is Lifelogs. Lifelogs allows you to use video or audio to record your thoughts, or go back and tell the story from your childhood to the present day. Will I switch to totally this style of journaling? No... it's just adding something different to the way I express my thoughts and feelings.
Have a why
Anytime there is a solid way to what you do, you are likelier to stick with it. Knowing why you are journaling helps get you going and keeps you motivated. With the popularity of journaling, many communities are popping up online to help support other journalers.
Starting to journal isn’t difficult with the right tools and support. The beautiful journey begins when you make the decision to start. From finding the perfect tools to express yourself in a natural and effortless way, you will be on your way to recording important history about your life before you know it. Who knows, maybe a Memoir is hidden inside you.