We know that journaling has many benefits. Depending on your goals, you may choose to write daily or weekly. But warning…the wider the gap between entries, the less likely it is that you’re developing the habit of writing in your journal. You can get the most value out of journal writing when you do it every day. (And for extra motivation, you get closer to having enough content to print your journal book!)
That sounds like a lot of work.
It doesn’t have to be. You might actually find that it helps you relax, unwind, and collect your thoughts. Life is busy. Crazy busy. And you owe it to yourself to take 15 minutes and reflect on everything you’ve experienced in the last 24 hours. Journaling improves your memory, reduces stress, and you basically become a problem-solving genius. No kidding. (We’ll save that for another blog post.)
Here are three ways you can easily make the transition to daily journal writing:
- Pick a time to journal. When journaling is part of your morning, evening, or bedtime routine, it becomes a part of your life that you don’t want to miss. Like brushing your teeth. Consistency is key.
- Focus on quality, not quantity. What stories made you smile, laugh, or cry? Write them down. Journaling is about recalling the stuff that matters. What do you want to look back on and remember?
- Use lists and/or writing prompts. Prompts are a great way to get the writing juices flowing. Check out our earlier post on 30 “Spring into JRNL” Prompts to get you started.
If you’re already in the habit of writing daily, what helped you form the habit? Leave your suggestions below. We’d love to hear from you!