January 9, 2021

Joy of Journaling

Journaling can be a joy – depending on how you will write yours.

There are many reasons for keeping a Journal.  What’s Yours?

Here’s a list of possibilities, but anything can be the focus.

  1. Art
  2. Bullet
  3. Creativity
  4. Dreams
  5. Food
  6. Gardening/Nature
  7. Gratitude
  8. Group/Family
  9. Heritage
  10. Ideas
  11. Junk
  12. Meditation
  13. Pandemic
  14. Personal Development
  15. Planning
  16. Pocket
  17. Poetry
  18. Prayer
  19. Pregnancy
  20. Project
  21. Quick
  22. Reading
  23. Specific Topic/Time Frame
  24. Time Capsule
  25. Travel
  26. Wedding
  27. Workout
  28. Writing

What will you Write About?

Choose a topic and start writing.  If you’re not sure which one you’d really like to write about, choose Quick.  You can take a moment each morning or evening just before bed and write a one-sentence Journal.

Write one sentence about what you plan or hope for the day or what happened.  And it’s your Journal, write both times if you choose.  Just be consistent.

Write your word for the day.  Whatever you believe you want to focus on or it became your focus because of the day.  Done at night, this can open your writing to sharing your day based on that one day – even if the word is negative.  Hopefully, it will be a positive word.  If it isn’t, try and think of a positive outcome from your negative day – it helps with sleep.

Have a small top-wire notebook that you carry in your pocket and write in it each day while at work, running, visiting with a friend, shopping, etc.  Make it your guide to getting things done.

Your Journal should be a place for your hopes, sentiments and dreams. It should help create a narrative and build self-awareness that fosters personal development.  It should provide you with inspiration for changing something in your life or help you face a decision.

Journal Writing Prompts

There are thousands of Journalists that write daily, weekly or on special occasions.  Writing prompts are helpful for those that don’t have a particular focus.  And sometimes, writing about the focus again is a challenge.  What can you write about your focus that is different than what you’ve written before?

If you sign up for my writing prompts you’ll be sent a weekly prompt that is geared towards a small business.  There are hundreds of sites that provide writing prompts, you can join my Facebook Page you’ll get a daily prompt that is focused on current events, not politics.

The National Journal Writing Month group sells prompts by email 4 times a year.  You can visit their website here

Their topic for January is “Journaling for Personal Growth and Achieving Goals”.  Start now and they’ll send you all 31 prompts, even though you didn’t sign up the last day of the previous month.  You can bookmark it and view their other offerings.

#Journal Writing Matters

Whatever, you decide to write about, it’s completely your focus and desire.  But do write.  Because #Journal Writing Matters.

Until next time - - -

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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