How to: Journal
Howdy, hope you're doing well. Thank you for taking the time to visit! If you're here I'm guessing it's because you've taken an interest in journaling and would like to learn how to do it right? Perfect, you've come to the right place!
First thing's first, you're going to need to get yourself a brand new, shiny notebook or journal to write it. My personal favourites are Typo, Paperchase or WHSmith. Choose a design that you really like that's a bit special, this is not just any old notepad my friends!
Choose what time of the day suits you best. The two most common times to journal are first thing in the morning, or last thing at night. Depending on whether you're more of a morning person like me who prefers to do their journaling at 7:30am with my morning cup of tea or whether you would rather sit down with a herbal tea or hot chocolate and journal before you hop into bed.
So, you've what out the 'what' and the 'when'. Now it's time to find out your 'why'. Sit down before you start and ask yourself why your're doing this in the first place. This will ensure that you still make time in your day to practice your journaling even if you're having trouble getting up in the morning or sitting still before bed.
Some common why's are:
- To gain mental clarity & headspace.
- To be more grateful of what you do have rather than focusing on what you're lacking.
- To become more mindful or present.
- To start/end your day with positivity or gratitude.
- To gain a little quiet 'me time' in your day.
This is the method I was recommended and it had changed my life enormously. So here goes...
1. Listen to a 10 minute guided meditation.
There are some fantastic ones on YouTube such as Boho Beautiful who I have really been loving lately! Tip: Put down all distractions and pop in your headphones.
2. Write "Today I am grateful for:" and follow this with 5 things that you are grateful for.
These don't have to be broad things like "I am grateful for the sun", the best practice comes from showing gratitude to things that have happened in the past 24 hours such as "I am grateful for my ability to make the perfect cup of coffee this morning" or "I am grateful for future planning and dreaming with James". Tip: The more you do this more things you'll find to feel grateful for, that's the point!
3. Write down 10 positive affirmations.
These are statements that start with "I am" which are two of the most powerful words in our language because you're talking to yourself as if you've already become those things. Some popular ones are: "I am confident", "I am a wise & wonderful soul", "I am blessed with infinite talents & I use them everyday". Tip: Record yourself saying these statements and listen to them throughout the day and especially before bed. Your subconscious reacts more deeply to hearing anything in your own voice.
4. Listen to a 10 minute motivational video.
These are SO powerful, everything from the music that they use on the videos, to the visuals to the words are all tailored to empower you and motivate you. There are many different videos out there for all types of things like fitness motivation to business success, take some time to find your favourites and ones that really resonate with you. Tip: Be specific when searching on YouTube so something like "morning motivation for focus" works really well.
5. Write a 'to do' list for the day with your top 3 priorities on.
Keep these short and to the point, you're more likely to get these done if you're not overwhelmed by them every time you read them. Tip: Write your most important 3 down and when you've completed those, add three more. You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish!
6. Read 10 pages of any book.
This can be anything from a self help book, to a novel. Chose a book that you get excited to pick up every time you do your journaling, something you can't put down so that you barely notice the time passing. Tip: By the time you've reached this point in your routine you're very open and receptive to the Universe so now is a fantastic time to read something educational!
And it's as simple as that! I would love to know how you got on if you've given this a go, drop me a comment or message me on Instagram.