December 25, 2020

Journal Writing

Journal Writing - Make Yours More Effective [How To]

Any type of journal that you keep can be beneficial. It doesn’t matter if it’s just to document your life or to work through problems - you can use a journal to do it all. From tracking your projects to documenting vacation to overcoming anxiety, a journal will work for you if you pick the right type and make journaling a ritual.

* Find the Right Medium for You –

 For some people, that’s pen and paper. Many experts claim that’s the best way because of its simplicity. However, you must do what works for you, and what works for you is what you will do daily. If you make it too hard, you won’t do it.

* Turn Journaling into a daily Habit  

To be most effective, journaling must go on for a long time. It’s a long-term strategy to improve your life and not something that is going to have any effect overnight. For this reason, ritualize your journaling so that it becomes a daily habit. It has been proven that a task done daily for 31+ days becomes a habit. 

* Set Up a Comfy Journaling Spot  

Find a good space you can journal in each day, one which is relaxing and without stress. Some people like to keep their journal by their bedside so that each night when they get into bed, they can quickly write in their journals.

* Choose the Right Style of Journal for Your Needs  

The type of journal you want to keep depends on how you plan to use it. You may want to track a project; in which case you’ll need a project journal. If you want to simply document your life, you’d want a classic journal. You’ll also need to decide whether you are more comfortable using a lined or unlined journal or the new dotted line journal.  Pick the one you’re most comfortable with.

* Use Your Journal to Work Through Life and Reach Goals  

Don’t just write in the journal; actively seek to improve something in your life - whether it’s the thoughts which drive your feelings or improving your actions so that you experience more success. This is  particularly important for Business Journals.  Finding your why, mission, and goals and writing about them makes all the difference in the outcomes.

* Consider Using More Than Writing to Document Your Life  

You don’t need to just use text. You can use images, pictures, tickets, and other memories inside your journal too. Sometimes a few pictures and mementos mean more than anything you can write to help you remember. Include awards, certificates of completion, etc. to document your professional journey.

* Read and Reflect Occasionally  

Take at least a few minutes to re-read parts of your journal. Once you’ve kept it for a year, it’s fun to go back and read the same day from last year to find out what’s different now and what’s the same and why. Then write in this year’s journal the difference.

* Keep Your Journal Secure  

You don’t want to worry about anyone getting into your private business when you’re not around, so keep it hidden. If it’s on your computer, keep it password protected.

If you know why you want to journal, it’ll be easier to figure out which type of journal you need to keep making your journaling more effective. Sometimes you just want to document your life, while other times you want to work through something difficult. It really depends on your goals and the point of the journal. And be sure to use the size that fits you.  There a myriad of styles and sizes available, try out an inexpensive one first before you spring for a Moleskin or hand-tooled leather.

Be careful about choosing a journal with hand-made paper.  The texture requires a gel pen and still might smear.  Choose it for a special project or special occasion.

Whatever you choose, write – because

#Journal Writing Matters.


About the author 

Jana Hassett

Jana is at the core of Jana’s Journals – writer, editor and resident Elevator Pitch promoter – her chief responsibility is content creation. When she’s not crafting helpful content for the What Do You Do? Blog, she’s serving as an Ambassador for her local Chamber of Commerce, or (through the local Women’s Business Center) teaching small business owners how to write and give their Elevator Pitch to promote their business in order to accomplish her goal of “Passing It On”.

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