Helpful Journaling Tips

There are different ways to keep a journal.Journaling helps you to define your life goals. Personal journaling is useful self-help tool, which when used properly it can improve your physical and emotional health.

This guide’s purpose is to help you gain insights into how to journal.

Tips and Techniques:

    1. Use a notebook or a bound book: There is an empowering connection created when you hold a pen in hand and start filling up pages. Any type of notebook will work, but often a hard backed cover and a size of about five inches by eight inches works very well.
    1. Be Consistent: Schedule a specific time or day to make your journal entries. Writing consistent journal entries will make journaling more fun and more enjoyable future reading.
    1. Be Complete: Date everything. Share your thoughts and feelings; your journal is also a record of your life’s events. Include the details; complete names, dates (include the year) places (name the town and the name of the event). Although this may seem tedious and obvious to you now, one day you and your future readers will appreciate the time and effort you put into your journal.
    1. Make your journal personal: Include entries about your feelings and activities. Journals are not history books, add depth and feeling. Include pictures and embellishments. Your journal is about you and your life, be positive and self-encouraging. Build up your strengths, do a little well deserved bragging.
    1. Add About Me Pages: What would you like to remember about yourself? What do you want to tell your children and grandchildren about your life? What blessings have you received? What are you grateful for?
    1. Be Organized: Do you have many journals, letters, calendars, poetry, and stories to share? Make an index; name each item, the dates (start and end) and describe each item. Keep all of your journal items together in one place, as much as possible.
    1. Journaling brings awareness about yourself, and the people you associate with. List your goals, expectations, insights, disappointments, and most of all write about your successes. No matter how small the achievement may seem to you today, time often grows appreciation for accomplishments. It is a great empowering tool, when you read what you accomplished, it gives you motivation to do bigger and greater things.
    1. Blogging: Using the computer to type your entries is quick and easy. Remember to back up your work, and print the pages out so that you can put them in a notebook. Saving them on a thumb drive and keeping it with the journal is good. But be aware that technology changes and the most modern drive today becomes obsolete and unreadable in the future.
    1. Don’t give up! If time passes and you don’t keep up your journal, don’t stress about it. You can continue your journal at any time. Don’t get discouraged; remember that it is your life and your journal.
  1. There are no rules: Journaling is fun and creative, use color, use different pens or type styles. Be creative as possible. Journaling creates a feeling of lightness and fun. Don’t worry about typos, or spelling, just write. Try to write legibly though. There is no need to proofread or edit your journal.

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