Begin A Journaling Practice Today
Almost a year ago we were introduced to the idea of morning writing by Julia Cameron. The title of the book is The Artist’s Way A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. This is a wonderful book and as soon as I read the idea of morning writing I was all in. It is almost a year of my morning writing practice and I look forward to doing it each morning. Today we have Two Awesome And Super Simple Ways to Begin A Journaling Practice Today
The idea I learned from the book is every morning I would put pen to paper and write three pages of my thoughts, and feelings and work out life situations as they come to me. There hasn't been one morning that I haven’t enjoyed this practice and why I want to share with you the idea of writing each morning/day for your best life.
One of the things that put people off when it comes to writing/journaling is simply getting started. How do I know this? I know because I’ve heard the benefits of journaling for years and just didn’t take action on it. We are all different as to why we begin journaling and You might not feel comfortable just sitting down on a blank piece of paper with a pen in hand. That's okay, and it's completely normal. All new activities come with a learning curve. Just think of something you're now good at, but that took you some time to feel comfortable with. Writing in your journal follows that same concept. It will feel strange at first. Eventually, you'll get good at it. It will become comfortable and enjoyable.
Journaling is a practice. That means it's something you must do on a regular basis in order to gain the most benefits. There are no right or wrong ways to journal. What matters is that you get something from the exercise. There are tons of ways you can use a journal, depending on your end goal. Journaling can help you to gain personal insight, figure out a problem, clarify your goals, increase your creativity, and more.
For now, let's not put too much thought into the end result. What matters most is just getting started. I'll give you two awesome and simple ways to begin journaling. You can pick one, or even both, to start practicing on your own. These are both straightforward and simple.
Plan Your Day
One way you might want to use your journal is as a daily planner and motivator. An easy exercise is to determine three goals you have for yourself each day, write about them, and then allow yourself to find ways to make them happen as you go about your daily schedule. This is a great way to start your morning. It gets the creative juices flowing and puts you in a positive and focused mindset. Find some quiet time first thing in the morning and write down just three goals you'd like to accomplish for the day. They can be work-related, health, fitness or personal, and they don't have to be major or extraordinary. Once you start to tick these items off your list, you'll be motivated to continue the exercise.
Assess Your Day
Another awesome writing exercise to start out with is to simply re-cap your day by writing down three things that went well that day. You could modify this one a bit by writing three significant things that happened during the day or simply writing a quick paragraph about how your day went. Whichever you choose, this assessment can help you to process the day's events and provide material for the next day's list of goals.
There you have it - just two awesome and simple ways to begin journaling. Give them a try and see if that doesn't help to get your creative juices flowing. I know this is exactly what I have experienced. At the very least, you'll get a sense of what this whole journaling thing is all about.
Awesome and simple, right? I use the simple idea of writing 3 pages each morning in my journaling time that I have been doing for the last year. One of the ways I have found to be beneficial is to find journaling prompts. You can use the journaling prompts to inspire you for your own journal. Do a search online as there are frequent updates.
Here is a few journal idea prompts to help you get started:
Share any ideas, questions or comments below.
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