How To: Get Started Journaling
Maybe starting a journal was your New Year’s resolution. Maybe you tried to keep a diary as a kid and always failed. Maybe you want to work on regulating your emotions or keep a record of your productivity. Whatever your motivation, keeping a journal has a plethora of benefits and many different forms. If you’re having trouble getting started, here are a few ideas to get you going.
The most common type of journaling is narrative, experience-based journaling. Whether you use a notebook, a Password journal, an app or even a blog, this type of journaling involves writing down the events, thoughts and feelings of your day.
The research linked above indicates that any writing habit can improve your creative writing skills, self-assessment ability and emotional state, so the primary objective of experience-based journaling is to get stuff on paper.
Journal of Awesomeness
The Journal of Awesomeness is an incredibly simple, fast and easy way to get the perks of journaling with minimal effort. All you do is write down three specific awesome things you did each day. It’s a self-esteem boost and helps build the habit of writing every day.
If you’re up for more of a challenge, 750words.com is a site that helps you to write (surprise!) 750 words (or approximately three pages) every day. The site tracks how long it takes you, your activity rate (how many words you typed each minute) and how many breaks you took, which can help you hone your ability to focus.
Set and Track Goals
Studies have shown that writing down your goals has a significant impact on their achievement. A journal is a great place to write out your goals and keep track of your progress from day to day.
If you need some help setting goals, check out the SMART method commonly used by business professionals.
Work Journal/Productivity Log
Another way to use a journal is to log productivity, specific projects or just what you got done throughout the day. This type of journaling helps you hold yourself accountable, serves as a record of what you do and helps show progress and put long-term efforts into perspective.
One platform that works especially well for this type of journaling is iDoneThis. iDoneThis will email you every day and ask what you got done, then keep a searchable calendar of everything you submit.
Some of the greatest figures in history have kept journals of their accomplishments and failures. Will you join them?