A few years ago I did a survey of women regarding journaling. One of the questions on my survey was, “If you do not journal, what prevents you?” The number one reason selected was lack of time at a whopping 85%!
I certainly understand we live in a busy world with constant demands pulling at us. Journaling seems like such a luxury of time. I know some people feel like they have to devote an entire day alone to just journal but that simply isn’t the case. I mean it is great if you can create a mini-retreat for yourself but don’t wait for that type of opportunity to get started.
Below are some quick tips to get you in the habit of journaling. Before I share the tips, the first thing you want to do is find a journal notebook that inspires you or is something so yummy to touch and feel that you will want to pick it up everyday.
And remember, it takes on average 21 days to form a new habit so if you keep practicing, you will make journaling a normal part of your day.
Tips for Getting In the Journaling Habit:
- Decide if you want to start your day writing about what is to come or end your day documenting the events that have taken place.
- Find what part of the day is the most quite for you and not as stressful. Is it in the morning before the family starts to stir around the house or is it in the evening after the kids have gone to bed?
- Once you have gathered the information above, take our your calendar. Schedule in your calendar for the next 21 days at least 15 minutes to journal. It doesn’t have to be any longer than that just at least leave 15 minutes.
- Every day at the appointed time, take out your journal and start to write. It doesn’t have to be much and it can be whatever is on your mind. It can even be your to-do list! The idea is to just start to write so you can capture moments and enjoy the extra benefit of beginning to clear your head.