How much should I write in my journal?

Mathias P.
I tend to write one page in the morning, if i have alot on my mind I'll write a page and a bit. If i want to write at night I'll again do another page
Lloyd J.
I never considered myself much of a journalerEven though it was always something I want to get into. I always struggled when it was just a blank page. So I got a book called the five minute journal at the beginning of the year. www.fiveminutejournal.comUsing it literally changed my relationship with journaling. It’s very easy the way it has one page per entry. The page has a quote, just three questions in the morning and just 2 follow up questions in the evening. I found it literally takes me less than five minutes. Some days I am more verbose and answer more other days I don’t answer the whole thing, and some days I miss it altogether. The key is is that it makes it really easy not to condemn myself for not doing it. And it makes it really easy just to pick it up. I have it in my nightstand right next to my bedtime clothes. I recently decided to just weighed myself in the morning and write the weight in the top of the page, So that I could have an easy place to write it down and make a habit of weighing myself. It works well for me. Sometimes I go back and see what I’ve seen in the past, but most the time I don’t I just move forward. I also don’t make it difficult on myself to try to be creative or think of something new when I answer the questions. I just write down the first thing that came to mind.
Florence Z.
As much as you feel to write. There is not maximum or minimum braces. You can write whatever and how long you want. It is about express yourself.
Luis F.
I think writing is very important to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. So sometimes we write in our journals more and sometimes we do not write at all. It should go in a natural way I guess. But whenever I find it hard to start again after a while, I try to write a little every morning and night.
Enola S.
Write down everything. You thoughts, things that you thought were awesome and not so awesome. Just get your feelings and thoughts down to get them off of your mind and heart. The more you write the less weight you feel left on you.
Sumaya I.
I keep 4 different, nightly journals via 4 apps. A couple of them are more like checklists of what has happened/what I’ve felt like during the day, with little space to enter free text. However, the other two provide space for some deep reflection, pretty descriptive analyses, personal insights, details of setbacks, and so on. For me, all 4 help me feel way more mindful about pretty much everything that has happened during the day.
Val Rio N.
I always just write whatever I’m feeling like that day. Sometimes it’s just a few words, and sometimes I start writing and end up going on and on. I don’t think there’s a right amount. Just making the effort to get some of your thoughts on paper is a step in the right direction.
Wilma F.
It's important to make a habit out of it, writing in the morning after you finish waking up and again before bed let's you keep a nice track record of your thoughts and goals. Otherise just keep your journal visable and whenever you get a nice thought, rant, question or find something to be grateful about then jot it down!
Alfred W.
As much as you can! I start to burn out around 10 mins of writing, but I’ve heard that around 10 mins is when you start to get into deeper thoughts so if you can challenge yourself and push past that I think it will start to get easier and more beneficial.
Lauro Q.
It might be best to try and fill a whole page. If nothing really interesting happened that day, you can just write what you're currently thinking about in a stream of consciousness.
Sebastian Z.
As much as you feel is relevant.
The more you write the better you will feel when you go back and review the notes.

Remember to be positive when writing in the journal, the last thing you want when you feel down is to go through your journal and find even more depressing thoughts.

Ingetraud P.
It doesn't really matter, writing a journal should not push you into anything. A small text or a long text, write whatever is on your mind, whatever you wish to talk about, or just write down stuff that happened to you during the day. 🙂 It really depends on you.
Ross U.
I experimented with different formats, starting with a lot of questions to probe my state of mind during the day. Now it is simply 2 questions: ‘what was on your mind today’ and ‘what would you do differently’. I maintain the journal in Evernote by cloning the previous day’s note, reading and then deleting the contents. Reading through the previous day’s entry is a really interesting and important part of the experience.
Auta F.
I only spend 3 to 4 minutes in the morning, which equates to 5 or 6 lines. It's very quick and doesn't give me much time to analyse. I've only just started so I'll give it a week or two before I re-evaluate.
Ilonka C.
I write fully. 2000characters. Do not think alot about what you should write, just write everything what comes in your mind. I choose short sentenses, it is easyer with them.
Ambre S.
I usually get the big events of the day, as well as any emotionally significant events. Sometimes I'll reflect on those events, but usually just getting them down is enough for me.
Andrew Z.
What ever you want to. I myself write a full page everyday, not more. I pick subjects that I find interesting. Things that happened, I heard, did or felt. Sometimes a short explanation of a news event or special holiday. It's all up to you!
Susan F.
There isn’t really a answer to this. It however much you feel like. I always feel that as long as you put how your feeling and want has impacted you that day. Then your covered. Anything else is extra x
Areta P.
You should use your journal as an extension of your thoughts. Every time I have an idea worth noting, I will put it in writing so I can refer to it later. This will train you to release your thoughts so you’re less worried about all the things you have to remember to do by just writing it down. It will help you sleep, keeping you from ruminating. This is also a great idea for things you want to say, projects you have in mind, food you want to eat, etc.
Sabri S.
I try to write in mine every day. I find it really helps me get ready for my day and not only that but after I do it I feel more able to start my work projects. It starts you "doing" so I feel less stuck and more creative. I journal in the free hand stream of consciousness style which allows me also to think about and plan out any tasks I have to do that day. Often I find solutions to things which were previously worrying me.
Alexander P.
Write however much you need to release whatever thoughts that are forefront in your mind.

I tried to do three “morning pages” but that was putting too much stress on me.

Lima C.
no right or won't answer for this. It's a journal that only you yourself will view. So write whatever you feel best with. Whether it's a sentence or two or a whole paragraph. I'm gonna tell you like this, if you are comfortable with whatever amount you're putting down then that's enough.
Christina W.
Have you ever tried with the “effective journal” (from In the morning, you write a. 3 things for what you are grateful b. 3 things you have to do today c. What’s your medium-long period plan. Before going to bed, you write d. 3 good things happened today and e. 1 thing you could have done better.
L Ane C.
Whenever you have something to get out of your chest, whenever you feel like it. Why bother if not? Journals are our forever present listener.
Margie U.
I don’t think you should focus on length so much as you should on when it feels like the correct place to stop. It’s hard to explain verbally but when writing you get to the point that you feel you’ve said what you need to say. Sometimes it’s a simple “I don’t understand why I feel this way, but I don’t like it so I’m going to look for the cause” to a five page long entry about those discoveries. As long as you’re writing something of quality, quantity doesn’t matter
Frank U.
I write as much or as little as I feel I need that day. I have seen benefit from the quick “5 Minute Journal” format which has a little gratitude, a little intention setting, and a little affirmation. If I have time I’ll also follow the “Morning Pages” template for something more free form or when there’s a lot on my mind.
Isabella U.
I usually write until I feel like I have told me all that was important for me during the activity, and sometimes I even talk about what led me to that activity.
So be honest with yourself and onl mention things important to you.
Perry O.
Well it depends on what type of journalism it is like I keep a thing called a bullet journal where I just write dates and things but if it is a different one just for fun then Maybe a paragraph or 2
Sarah E.
To me it depends. I have been trying to think about my life through the past, present and future, so, at times I can come up with short sentences which then I try to refocus, for example if in the past I have felt incompetent, I recognize the negative view I have of myself and then I immediately rewrite, something positive, like, I always do my best, and that is enough.
Some other times I reflect on my feelings at that moment which are often an overview of the day, I try to leave trace of what I learned, realized, or how I feel about whatever is going on.

Only every now and then I read what I have written, it is easier on the past/present/future section, I go back to those same pages which still have some space left, …

Phoebe Z.
If you are doing morning pages, whatever comes in your mibd just write it down even it is a stupid thought or if it does not make any sense, just write everything down.
If you are doing journal before sleep, I would suggest you should practice gratitude journaling, its a best way to go to sleep by expressing gratitude.
Janice F.
I only have a single question these days: what was on your mind today. It’s a good prompt to summarise what happened during the day, with any anecdotes and learning happened. Also a good time to congratulate on something and notice any improvements. But the most important thing is to write it, if only ‘Today was nothing special’. When you read it the next day and you only can think of ‘today was nothing special’, that will eventually prompt you to take some risks and try something new.
Juventino Q.
I feel it should be whatever amount you feel is comfortable. Sitting there forcing yourself to write more defeats the purpose of it in the first place.
Pascoal Z.
I usually just start to write. The main events of the day, what I want to do, how do I feel in this moment, what I hope for this day and my thoughts About the day before.
Carolyn J.
You should write all the thoughts, ideas and emotions you've had in the day. It’s great to know how to do things better and also know yourself by the actions and decision you have made and also what you can change to be a better person
Jennie X.
I usually write enough that I will remember the big things from that day. For example, if 2 months from now I want to remember what I did today (because I won't remember it at all) my journal entry will jog my memory, and hopefully record my emotions about it too. Hope this helps
Titouan Y.
Try and be focused. Don't write forever and try to focus on somethings that went well. I don't think everything has to be positive but I do notice that if I focus on the positive points I write less and in a clearer way. And actually its nicer to commit to paper good things that you want to renotice, you can forget them in the dross if you're not careful! If I really have had an awful day, I may just write and write and write but on A4 paper and then rip it up and throw it away. If I'm feeling really brave. I'll burn it in the sink to get rid of it! I think generally what I write in my journal is more about remembering the good bits. The helpful colleague, the friendly chat on the street. Filtering out the negative from the day as much as possible so I can recharge well over night and get-up and do it all again 🙂
Joyce G.
I usually write twice a day. One journal I use to organize my habits and be more productive. One I use to talk about my feelings, my goals and aspirations, and everything running through my head.
L Ane F.
two pages, reflecting on how you're feeling, what you're grateful for, what your plans for the week are, what you love about yourself and something special to you in that very moment.
Clara C.
Do not systematize it. Write as much as your mind tells you to. Draw. Use different color. Pour it out. Do not look for patterns on “how to write a journal”, otherwise you are just following instructions.
Edouard O.
I should write the daily activities and the thoughts I have around them. This gives me a record of the things I have and my feelings and aspirations around them. I should write in my journal as a means of connecting with my true self. I should use it as an opportunity to reflect, explore, recognize, accept and nourish all that is within me.
Christian Z.
As much as you like. If you just start, then write down whwhat you did today, anything, no matter how small, and your thoughts about it. That's what I normaly do when I am not sure what to write
Enora O.
I started out writing as much as I felt I had on my mind. After a few weeks, that turned into a page. After a little while longer, that stopped feeling like enough and I started writing two pages. Start small just to establish the practice and naturally over time you’ll find your rhythm 🙂
Chloe C.
However much feels right to you. Start with writing as much as you can in five minutes. After that, of your ready to keep going do, but if you're ready to stop, that's ok too. I find that committing to the first five minutes is the hardest. After that, my words for much more freely.
Adam E.
Every day for a quick list of things you're grateful for, and other than that I think you should journal whenever you have too many thoughts in your head and need to make sense of it or get clairty.
Sofie N.
I like to set a timer for ten minutes. I am not used to journaling and getting started is hard and staying focused is even harder. I have also been using a framework lately: write down my intentions for the day.
Lea C.
I truly don't have a time set in stone. Whenevrr I have the time and want to get something off my chest, I open it up and scribble something. No matter if it's two rows or two pages. This usually happens in the evening, purely because I am not a morning person.

Another thing that usually makes me want to write is reading previous journal entries. Doing that allows me to recalibrate my thinking and allows me to assess any progress made consistently.

Johanne W.
I like to write in my journals at least once or twice a day. I have one journal where i write free hand and then i have a couple guided journals, one is called let sh*t go and the othe zen as f*ck both by melissa sweeney and writing both ways helps me, even if i have to sit down and write in it 3 or 4 times a day just to work through my day.
Byron U.
I always start with 3 gratitudes then I write till I stop. Sometimes I might write 2 sentences, sometimes 2 pages. Just let it flow
Iwan U.
However much works for you. Some days you might only write a sentence or two. Other days you might write pages and pages. Do what feels right.
Christoffer C.
I usually write what I'm both thankful and grateful for each day. I usually write in my journal in the evening so my journaling tends to reflect my day. And almost always I tend to journal about anything besides my work day because I don't want my journal to filled with things about my workplace everyday. I want it to be more personal regarding my day in regards to my morning, errands, family & friends, things that happened that day or feelings outside of work. The only time I'll mention my job is if something significant took place there. My journal is about my personal state or feelings outside of work. Can take anywhere from 5 to 20 mins.
Frederik Z.
I do automatic writing, just what comes into my mind, often without thinking about it to much. Mostly about the day or concerns, observations, feelings, ideas until I don't have something left to say.
Claude Q.
I think it’s up to you! I like to write for 5 minutes and answer 5 questions about the day so it doesn’t seem overwhelming.
Andrea P.
I think journaling is more about getting thoughts down on paper than worrying about length or what you’re writing exactly. When I’m writing in my journal, I just try to get down my thoughts and if that ends up only taking up a few lines that’s fine, but if it takes up 2 pages that’s fine too. Use a journal how it best feels beneficial to you 🙂
Jackson O.
I find that when I write anout the things that happened each day, I remember the things that made me grateful, the things that worked, and the things I can do better tomorrow. It helps to leave it in that day, and begin the next fresh. I write about one page in a smaller notebook, which is plenty for me to fit the highlights. I wouldn't put a limit on it, though I would say write enough to get it all down.
Caroline F.
I love journaling. It frees my mind and I feel my accomplishments even more so when I see them written out. I journal every night
Jean Q.
You should just write about your day it will help you relax and sleep better and a page is just fine but a line or two is ok too it depends on how you feel😌😌
Violeta P.
You should write the amount that feels right to you. If you've written everything that you want to write, there's no use trying to make yourself write more. That will just make you not want to write at all. I usually fill a page every day, but if you use two pages or even half a page, it's however much you want to write. Try to focus on positive things when you write, it'll make you happier 😄
Logan W.
Actually, it doesn't matter how many words you wrote. The important thing is how you feel about that writing. Sometimes just a word can express your emotions but sometimes you just want to tell every detail of your day or feelings. I sometimes write song lyrics, or stick something which tells my day (ex. flower) or sometimes I just draw and color something 🙂 Journal is a personal thing so just let your feelings to do whatever they want. There's no such rules, go crazy my dear
Love ya, G
Catherine E.
I can only advise you about how much I write in my journal via an app, every night—all that I want to call up from that day. This means that I try to remember everything significant (but I include minor achievements as well) that has happened to me/I’ve done during the past 24 hours. I try to assess & record all my feelings & emotions at the time of these events. The greatest benefit of this nightly practice (recollection & maintaining this log) is developing the skill of Mindfulness.
Henry E.
Just enough to get all your feelings out. It depends! One time I wrote six pages in my journal because I had a lot going on, but then another time I wrote only a sentence.
Marie P.
In my view the thought of what to write in your journal is enough, and it depends on your mind state at the time – eg if you need to hurry to a big work meeting and writing a lot would just stress you out then just write one thing – what you are grateful for. I’ve heard Adriana Huffington say though that filling three pages with loops( not real words) has a relaxing effect on the brain. That’s not me, I cannot stand filling my time just for the sake of it and need to have a purpose in mind. I’m thinking of getting the daily stoic journal for prompts
Zaida P.
Whatever you feel like at the moment. It might not even be “writing”. You may feel like drawing or coloring. It’s really about expressing your feelings and experiences in a way that helps you most.
Alfredo F.
Write enough so that when you look back on the entry, you really get a sense of where you were physically/mentally/emotionally at the time. If you are stuck on what to write, try using the five senses and describe what you are hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling, and tasting. Tuning into your senses is a great way to practice mindfulness. ❤️
Alice X.
Whatever feels right. Longer input on individual topics are good. Let the thoughts unfold as you write, structure and content don't matter so much as getting thoughts and feelings to the page.
Renato N.
I personally write twice a day currently. I find writing what I’m thinking in the “what’s on your mind” section of the journal habit makes it easier to do so frequently. But I would recommend at least one every other day if not every day
Suzanna J.
as much as you need. but at least an entire page full of things running around in your head. Like if Nemo were to suddenly pop of in your train of thought, write it down and tell how you are thinking of him.
Russell E.
You should write as much as you want to write. Let is come to you naturally. There is no limit as to how much one should write.
Diana P.
As much as you need to empty your mind of all the concerns and events swirling in there and to process your experiences.
Phillip W.
As much as you want. Any time there's something on your mind, write. If you want to think something through, write down your thought process. If you try something new, write about it.
Mathilde A.
You should write words, LOL. Actually I try to wait one page every morning of a notebook. Just fill up one page. Each day. And you should be fine
Rudolph T.
As much as your heart desires and your mind needs to decompress. I use it to get everything out on paper, see it all in front of me and start removing or planning or scheduling what I will commit to.
Bodo F.
I don't think there is a rule, you should write as much as you feel like it! If someday you just want a short phrase, it's all right, just go with your heart
Lea F.
Write in your journal as much as it helps you. Some nights I write page after page of what is on my mind. Other nights I can barely get 3 scentances strung together. On those days I usually try to do something like copy song lyrics or quotes into my journal. I write for at least 15 minutes. But I don't stop there if I am on a roll.
Edilene S.
Forget the word 'should'!
Write only few words if you want to. Nothing if you dont need to. Write 10 full pages if your mind is full, and you want to write everything down. Its your diary, you dictate the rules 😉
Lester A.
I don’t think that there is a certain amount that needs to be written when you journal. I think that the journal serves as an important tool in helping me by putting my thoughts, dreams, fears, etc. down on paper.
Carter J.
I should write down as much as I’m able to translate the emotions that I’m feeling during my journey to a become a better erosions if myself. To be able to reflect on the thing that I e achieved and the things that I’m looking forward to completing, not to mention to celebrate the great accomplishments that I’ve already completed. Write down all my feelings and insecurities so I’m aware of what I can change and what could be different. Mainly, as much as I want to write.
Cory J.
You should write as much as you want and can. Do not force yourself to write just write until you feel like you need to stop don't let things get to you.
Billy G.
I think it depends on the day. Sometimes I have a lot of thoughts piled up and use my journal to get them out. Other days a quick entry to remind me to stay focused is all I need. In my opinion doing something each day is more important than how much each day.
Est Fani O.
What I love about journalling is the absolute freedom. Through fabulous, they give you a focused theme you can respond to, and it can be in a couple of sentences or a couple of pages, depending on where your thoughts take you and how much time you have. Personally, I like to shoot for one page minimum,but make your own flexible "rules" to get you started.
Kitty P.
As much as you feel is necessary. Some days I only write a couple lines, or a short reflection on the day or whatever I'm working on. Some days I have several pages as I work through a problem or a process.
Magdalena F.
as much as I like, but I try to have a frame to work from so I don't go off on a tangent. also, I try to do it regularly
Nathana L Q.
Writing in your journal should be done to your heart’s and brain’s content. You’d like to do it as much as you think, to record and reflect upon your thoughts and feelings that you attempt to put into understandable words. It’s a catalyst for reflection, creation, inspiration, elimination of frustration. It’s your time to really have time with your mind and your present self and it’s a skill that will develop in time through practice, engagement and active participation. After all, wouldn’t you want to know who you were spending all day with everyday?
Alma Z.
I think journal entries can be as short or long as you like. It is easy to add photos to apps like “day one” or using the fabulous is enough to get a quick memory or a longer thought down. I must say I have never kept a journal but I am appreciating the fabulous app because I am actually writing a little down about my day. I can see the benefits of making it a habit.
Patrick Z.
I don't know. How much time did you have? I like to write only a few sentences so that the task doesn't feel like a big deal.
Benjamin U.
I feel writing a few lines is best…its short enough so that its not tedious to do every day but long enough to express our thoughts and feelings.
Gerta Q.
More than how much it's what & why I write. I write about things I want to remember from the pc of how I experience them at the time to enable me to revisit them & address potential issues and aspirations.
Stefani J.
As much as your heart desires. I bought Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project One-Sentence-Journal, which I do everyday but I also have a separate journal for days when I feel like writing more. 🙂
Karla C.
That depends on the day, you can try three lines. Remarkable points of you journey or thoughts. So the extension will be different on each page.
Cl Lia O.
Write enough so that you can accurately capture your thoughts and feelings. Your writing should be succinct enough so that when you reread it in the future, you can be brought back into those thoughts and feelings to experience them again or reflect on them.
Malou W.
I write whatever is on my mind as a sort of brain dump. Things that are troubling me, things I love, things I need to do.

Bullet journals are especially helpful.

Ronald J.
I used to right two pages, when I first started. The more you write, the more you give yourself the chance to express what you’re truly feeling. But since I work very early in the morning, two pages were taking too much of my time. Then I decides one page was enough, it still helps me and I don’t need to rush myself for doing it.
Marion Z.
Whatever feels natural at the time. Don't over engineer it. Sometimes if sentences aren't working just draw.
If you focus on your thoughts, there is always something in that mind ticking away that would be happier if it existed on paper!
Morris R.
You don’t need to write much. Just write down whatever comes to your head at the time if you can’t think of anything. Even just a few sentences is enough.
Sofia E.
As much or as little as you feel. I think that expressing your thoughts and feelings to yourself, should come naturally and not forced.

This is not an assignment or a thesis where you have to write a specific number of words or pages; it’s about you speaking to yourself.