Beginners Guide to Journaling

By January 13, 2021Best Practices
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Journaling can be a fulfilling experience with various health benefits. Writing in a journal regularly is a great stress management tool and motivator. People throughout history such as Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, and Leonardo da Vinci all kept detailed journals for work and leisure. But you don’t have to be one of the greats to get into journaling. 

Starting a journal is easy, but maintaining one requires a little more effort. Fortunately, a journal doesn’t have to be a chore to be effective. Regardless of your skill level, lifestyle, or available time, anyone can enjoy the act of journaling. 

Preparing to Journal

Before getting started, determine your reason for journaling. Keeping a journal can help you organize your thoughts and priorities, or as a way to unwind. No matter what your reason is to start a journal, set a goal, but be flexible and realistic. It doesn’t have to be a daily occurrence. Treat journaling as a habit for your well-being. 

How to write a journal

There are many journaling techniques, such as making lists, writing a letter you won’t send, or creating a dialogue with yourself. But at the end of the day, it’s best to make it your own. Keep in mind, it’s a journal, not a novel. You don’t have to show it to anyone, it’s as private as you want it to be. However, turning your journal into a blog is an option for those who enjoy starting conversations. 

What do I write?

Write about your day, your fears, the choices you make, your dreams each night, the food you eat. If you can’t seem to find the time or have anything to write about, ask yourself why. This self-reflection is part of the journaling process. Journaling can happen anywhere because inspiration might strike when you least expect it. Sometimes you just need to write whatever comes to mind and ride that stream of consciousness. 

Being a consistent writer

Keep track of your progress by marking the time, place, and date to each entry. Work journaling into your routine. Set a reminder, but it doesn’t have to be in your calendar. Make it a ritual you look forward to each day. Get your coffee and a snack, sit in your favorite chair or go to your favorite place to write. 

What you need to start journaling

A journal is a creative outlet you can do anywhere. You don’t need impeccable handwriting, a leatherbound notebook and a fancy pen. Using a notepad on your computer or phone is just as good. But for those who enjoy the tactile feel of writing by hand, any cheap journal can get you started. Whether you’re writing on physical paper or on a screen, use what’s most convenient and comfortable for you. 

Journaling the WriteWay

Use software that encourages writing by removing distractions and focuses your thoughts. WriteWay uses a minimalist interface and card system to help you separate each of your journal entries. Writing an epic novel ready to be published is not the goal of a journal entry. A journal doesn’t have to be written perfectly, typos and grammatical errors are fine. Write naturally, be honest, and use a platform like WriteWay to manage all your journal thoughts and ideas.

Making WriteWay Work for You

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