Creating a Journal: How to Create One and What Are Some Benefits?

 

Creating a Journal

Most of us have many things running in our heads, but many of us put them in the paper. All those thoughts and ideas that come to the mind are can sometimes be overwhelming. There may to-do lists, hopes, dreams, secrets, failures that throng your mind. Ideas come to mind and go, but how are you going to remember them? Is there a way to keep them organized? A great way to keep the thoughts organized and clear the mind is to write them in the journal. Writing is an excellent exercise for anyone, and once you express yourself in a personal place, it is a beautiful way to remain aware of them.

Scratching the Journal

Before you can start a journal, you need to be willing to write. There is no need to write well, and you need to do get things going. There is no need to decide what you need to write. Let the words flow naturally. Once you are decided about creating the journal, there are many things that you need to do. First, you need to set-up the schedule of writing in the journal. It’s best to turn your writing into a habit, so create a schedule. Pick a time and the days in the week on which you will want to write. Create a timely calendar reminder so that you don’t end up forgetting it. When you schedule the date at the same time, the journaling will become an organic and systematic part of the agenda that you can look forward to.

Find the Right Space to Write

When you are in writing, it is helpful to be in a space where you can focus and concentrate well. Find a quiet room where there are minimal distractions. Give yourself time to focus on writing and ensure that there are minimal interruptions. Sit upright and remain comfortable. An office or study room is always a great option. You can always start with a free journal online.

Some Tips to Get Things Rolling

           You don’t have to keep a paper journal. Writing on paper is advised as writing on it slows you down and relieves the stress. The speed and ease of the keyboard work better. Typing isn’t much of an effort than getting writing on the paper. Try to be self-aware and try a few ways of keeping and figure out what makes you feel. Are you more focussed on handwriting or the attention is more on writing?

           There is no need to write in the morning as there is a lot of talk about it in various places. The practice of filling 3-sheets of A4 paper every morning with a stream of thoughts when the mind is still fresh. Many find it challenging to write in the morning as deep thought doesn’t come to their mind readily. For such persons, journaling at night may be the right option. The writing flows better when there is no interruption. It would help if you found out what is needed out of journaling and what time and technique works the best for you.

           Take small but consistent steps. When you start journaling, you have to make small but consistent steps. Don’t have unrealistic expectations. It hardly matters whether you are writing a single line or three-pages. At the start, you need to make a habit first. Make it a part of daily life, like morning coffee or tea. Keep on journaling until it becomes automatic.

Finally,

There are many free journals online where you can start creating yours online or on the laptop. However, be consistent and continuously work towards your goals.

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