Journaling Tips to Inspire Change

Journaling Tips: It would be great if we could remember what we were doing or thinking a week ago. It would be even better if we could remember six months ago. The truth is, there is just too much going on in our lives to remember what we had for dinner last night. But, knowing these events in our lives can help us to grow, and there’s no better way to do that than via journaling. Start writing, and you'll find that ideas become goals; problems find solutions. Use journaling to organize your thoughts and feelings and take action towards what it is your really want. Essentially, journaling helps get you out of your head and moving forward.

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1. Learn how to be mindful

Mindfulness is all about paying attention on purpose. It allows us to focus fully on the one thing we truly have. This moment. Developing a mindfulness practice helps us to stop living on autopilot, staying stuck in the past, or worrying about the future. 

It sounds like a simple concept. It's easy, but it's not easy. Journaling helps get you into the moment. Pay attention to the words you use, the feelings that come up as you write.

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2. Always carry your journal with you

There's no pressure to write every minute of the day, but keeping your journal on hand can help motivate you to write down your thoughts whenever inspiration may strike. You're less likely to write if you postpone it. 


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3. Reduce mistakes

There is no way to eliminate mistakes. However, recalling what mistakes you did make and what you did about them can go a long way in helping you to reduce those mistakes. Write down your personal and professional events in a journal so that you can recall them in the future.

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4. Keep your journal entries short

There's no need to write War & Peace! Just jot down some notes. Remember this is only for you. Try bullet journaling or making lists, if writing full sentences seems daunting. Anything to get your thoughts in writing will be helpful.

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5. You don't need a fancy book to write in

Don't get too caught up in the aesthetics. Any notebook or pad will do. Of course, feel free to get a pretty journal, if that inspires you. the main goal is to write!

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6. Skip the first page or just write your name

If you're feeling pressure to fill that first journal page with meaningful thought, just skip it or write your name on the first page. Again, this is just for you. Better to write something than nothing.

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7. Learn something

Probably the biggest benefit from journaling is what you learn about yourself. When you read back your challenges and accomplishments, you can recognize areas where you need to focus on, and you can take pride in your achievements. You still can do all this without a journal, but most people forget much of what they have done and why they did it.

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8. Meditate before you write sometimes

This may sound a little strange, but if you find yourself swimming in a sea of thoughts and feel that your mind is all over the place, try a moment of meditation before writing.

Sit with your eyes closed for a moment and observe your breathing. Allow thoughts to come and go. Become an observer, rather than a follower, of your thoughts.

Open your eyes feeling refreshed and then set out to write. 

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9. Beyond just words

Journaling can be done with a notebook and pen. By using a computerized version, however, you can tie in graphics, videos, audios, and other media types. You are limited only by your imagination. The more of these types of media you incorporate, the better. Besides, it can be a lot of fun to produce a journal in this way. You can choose to print out hard copies and store them in a notebook, if you’d like.

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10. Let your journaling format evolve

At the current time, there is no journaling police that will come and take you away if your format is not correct. There is no correct format. Just start creating, and the format will start to evolve as you develop it. You will notice what works and scrap what doesn’t. Don’t restrict yourself. Just create and then make changes as you progress.

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11. Revisit your journal

While there is some value in simply recording to your journal, you’ll get more out of it if you review what you have created from time-to-time. This will give insight into where you were at that moment in your life. 

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12. Measure your progress

While there is some value in simply recording to your journal, you’ll get more out of it if you review what you have created from time-to-time. This will give insight into where you were at that moment in your life. 

Feel better now

So many people spend their lives in their heads, not aware of the world around them or how they are moving through it. Are you nurturing your mind and body with helpful or hurtful elements? 

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