What is the purpose of your journaling? Do you want to record what you did on a day to look back at later and see how you felt about things then?
Are you doing a brain dump to help relax before sleeping?
Are you trying to work on a particular area of personal growth… say taking better care of yourself or using it for accountability when changing habits?
Are you trying to see interconnections like this day I exercised and Work went well. This day I didn’t and I couldn’t concentrate?
Is it a spiritual journal where you want to write things that motivate you?
Is it a therapy journal where you explore things that upset you and see if you can find the real issue?
That is the first decision that has to be made before you start. What’s its purpose?
Then deciding what to write is much easier.
I have paper journals. I have journaling apps. Each for a specific purpose. I’m changing my eating habits so I’m tracking what physical changes i’m Noticing so that if I get tempted not to eat healthy I can see what a difference it makes.
I have therapy journal (paper) where I write letters I never send, so I can stop repeating conversations in my head.
I have a journal (again paper) for a very involved technique I’m learning so that I can write down what happens when I do things x way and what happens if I do y, and so I can remember what instructions are.
What do you want from journaling. Figure that out and you’re set.
I write something that made me sad or angry to get it out of my system. And/or something I’m proud and/or grateful for.
Hope it’ll help, I wish you a nice journey
You can as well have a series of questions you ask yourself every night. This can help redirect your thoughts and give you space for self reflection.
Pen and paper and write everything that comes to mind. Whatever. Don’t think just write. Once you have the first letter the rest will flow. There is no wrong answer.
I’m definitely not a writer but If I can so can you,
I am so sorry if you could not get what I was saying cuzz I am dutch lol
Wel good luck with your journal
I write the words that describe my feelings …and sometimes I use words to describe what caused the feelings and what are the results of the feelings
I kept rewriting and editing things but it’s much simpler than that. Just write whatever you think/feel. Don’t think too much about it. It becomes easier
– What was good/evolutive or fluent;
– What was challenging;
– What was a learning/lesson.
This way I think that will be easier to review.
I am a praying person too so I tend to ask Jesus what he thinks of me and that hellos get the emotions out.
Practical: click on ‘+ what’s on your mind, (…)? And start writing.
Psychological: just write whatever comes to mind and start from that. Don’t overthink it, there is no right or wrong. And you can always rewrite it when you have more clarity about what you are feeling or what troubles you.
- Do people tend to focus on certain things each day or just diary format with general thoughts etc?
- I always have trouble writing in journals without a structure. Any suggestions?
- How do you organize your journal while you are writing it? My pages are a jumbled mess looking like a rough draft, it can be hard to follow when looking back.
- What will make journal writing more fun???
- What to write about and how long
- How do you write in your journal? As a string of consciousness or as if you’re writing to a person?
- Do you worry about privacy with your journal, or change what you’d write based on the fear of someone reading it?
- What should we write about??
- What have you been writing about? Your daily life or your thoughts or something more abstract?
- Is writing the journal make any changes in your life?