If you want to see results from journaling…Do it consistently.
Remember, we’re not talking about dedicating a lot of time to this habit.
Five or ten minutes a day is easy to fit into any schedule, even on the weekends when you have family or social obligations.
Wake up at the same time each day – even on the weekends – and soon journaling will feel like second nature.
Waking up at a consistent time has also been proven to enhance your sleep patterns, so it’s a good habit all around.
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Here are some other tips for making journaling work for you:
- Make journaling a daily habit. Pick something to focus on for 21 days. This is how long most researchers say it takes to form a habit. As you become used to the habit, that 5-10-minute time frame may increase because you might want to journal about more than one topic. Or maybe you have a difficult situation to sort out, leading to a longer journaling session. The ultimate goal is to enjoy your peace and quiet and really think about your life, no matter how long you journal.
- Decide WHAT you want to journal about. Sometimes you’ll be at a loss but in general, we all have things that we need to sort out. Dedicate each day to a different topic, or even dedicate a week to one topic. This is especially helpful for your business journal when you’re having extremely busy weeks or if you’re launching a new product or program. Prepare your mind the night before by pulling out the journal you want to use before you go to bed; then you don’t have any excuses NOT to journal.
#1) Decide WHEN You Will Journal
Think about your day. When do you have uninterrupted time to journal? When is your house quiet, allowing you to delve into your thoughts? Do you want to journal while your coffee brews, or does it make more sense to journal after your morning prayers? Experiment with journaling in the morning versus in the evening, right before bed. You may find that you sleep better after you write about the days’ events. Or you may realize that journaling in the morning helps keep your mind focused on work tasks. Again, choose a time of day that works best for YOU. And if that needs to change in the future, let it change.
#2) Decide WHAT Prompts You Will Use
Some people can just open up their journal and start writing, and one day, with enough daily journaling, you may be that person. But there’s no reason to ditch journaling because you’re not sure what to write about. In my planner at verajm.com/start I’ll supply you with some prompts to get you started. Or you can use the many proven and tested journal prompts that you find online. Simply write the prompt down in your journal and start exploring your feelings. In your business journal you may not need any prompts, especially if you’re actively creating new programs or planning other growth projects. Simply report on the success of each initiative and create more action steps.
#3) Stick To Your Plan Each Day
We, as humans, like to have routines where we know what happens next. Journaling should become a part of your daily routine if you want to achieve the best results. By starting off with a short timeframe, journaling every day, and deciding when to journal, you’re setting yourself up with a good plan. Before you know it, you’ll reach for your journal without thinking about it. That journal will go with you everywhere, ready for inspiration to strike.
Still think journaling is “not necessary”? Consider your journal as a way to organize your thoughts and to map out your action steps to achieve your goals.
If you’re curious about journaling but still need help getting started, take a look at my newest planner, “How To Journal Your Way Into the Life, Business And Income Of Your Dreams” This planner is designed specifically for you to embrace journaling easily and learn how to incorporate this stress-reliever into your everyday life.
If you haven’t noticed I’d like to encourage you to embrace journaling, even if you have to use baby steps to get started.
I want you to fall in love with journaling so you can create your dream life and manifest everything that will make you happy and joyous.
“A journal can offer you a place to be someone, anyone, who you want to be.”
— Brian Ledger