This is the ‘last’ instalment of a 7 part series. This Series is called “A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling”. I will be talking about the ins and outs of journalling from all the information I have gathered from my extensive research and my experience so far. When I was originally writing this, it was just going to be one post…but I just had so much to say and the post got longer and longer. So, I thought it was best to break it up for you…and turn it into a mini ‘Crash Course’.
We have made it to the last post…well done if you have joined me this week. If you were on the fence about journalling, I hope I have convinced you to give it a try. If you have just joined me today you can read the rest of the series here. I have covered quite a bit ground on journalling, what one is, the benefits of keeping one, all the different ways and uses you can use one for, supplies that you will need and any challenges you may face while…getting into the groove.
In this part I will be discussing how to get started and how to stay on track. I feel it is important to have a plan and get yourself into a routine when you journal. Once you have established your new journalling habit, you will wonder how you lived without it.
How to get started
You may be thinking…well, to get started…all I have to do is pull out my journal and pen and write…right! Right, that is all you have to do…However, I am going to give you some tips and tricks to help you stay on track…that will allow you to implement journalling into your life with ease.
So here goes;
I think it is important to write in your journal daily. Building a daily journalling routine helps you stay on track and less likely to forget to do it. After time journalling will become just a normal part of your day…like brushing your teeth. To be able to implement this new routine in your life, you have to make it like a habit. By this I mean, journalling at the same time, in the same place and for roughly the same amount of time….everyday!
All habits are formed in 3 stages…beginning, middle and end. Your actual journal writing practise is the middle stage. The beginning is what you do to get prepared and the end is what you do to after. By doing the same things, in the same order, every time you do it…you are building yourself a ritual. And it is said to take 21 days to kick old habits and build a new rituals/habits.
I will tell you my routine so you know what I mean;
6am – Alarm goes off – I have my alarm at the other side of my bedroom…so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once I turn it off, I drink a full pint glass of water that I had brought up with me from the night before. Then I go to the bathroom and splash my face with cold water.
6.10am – I stick the kettle on – When the kettle is boiling I go into my sitting room and get my journal out, put my yoga DVD on and get my yoga mat out.
6.20am – Write – Once I have my cup of tea made I bring it into the sitting room with me, where I will sit down at my desk to write.
I will write for about 10 – 20 minutes…depending on my mood.
6.40am – Put my journal away – By the time I have finished writing, I have also finished my cup of tea…So I put my journal away and take my cup back to the kitchen. At this point I will take my morning vitamins, prepare my morning smoothie and breakfast.
Then, my yoga ritual starts;
6.50am – Go back upstairs to change into my workout clothes
7am – Yoga
7.20am – Eat Breakfast
Then, my ritual for getting ready starts… can you see where I am coming from?
By doing this in the same order every day…I do it now without thinking. So, journalling and yoga, don’t seem like too much hard work for me any more. By creating this routine I am making sure I stay on track. You may think this is a little bit OCD but we all have rituals in our day to day life…we are just not aware that they are rituals. Think about your morning, how it starts? Do you do the same thing, in the same order…everyday? I bet you do.
OK, so now let’s get back on track.
This is why I feel it is important to create a journalling routine…routines help you stay on track.
Here are some ‘things’ to consider while creating yours;
- Choose a time – I think it is important to choose a certain time of the day when you can write in your journal…a time where you know you can go undisturbed, so you can write freely. Some people journal in the morning, some people journal in the evening, some people journal before bed!
- Choose a place – Choose a place to sit where you feel comfortable…maybe with a nice view available. You don’t have to sit in the same place every time, I just think this is necessary when trying to build and establish your new routine. The habit will stick better if you do it the same way every time. (starting to repeat myself)
NOTE: Just because you build a routine of when you write in your journal…this doesn’t mean you can’t write at any other time of the day. I have my morning routine, but sometime throughout the day I can go back 2 to 3 times, whenever I just want to get something off my chest. My morning journalling just ensures I write in it at least once a day.
How long should you write for?
You can write for as little or as long as you like, it is totally up to you and what suits your lifestyle. The amount of time I journal, depends on how I am feeling. Like I said…in the morning I will journal for 10 to 20 minutes, but as I go back throughout the day I can write for 5 minutes or an hour.
Commit to your choice
To really commit to your choice, I recommend you actually plan out your new routine and write it step by step in your planner…for added encouragement you can laminate it and every day you can tick every step off as you do it…at the end of the day you can clean it off ready for the next day. By doing this, it will give you a sense of achievement (we all feel good when we tick stuff off) and it will really encourage you to stay on track.
Give your journal an identity
This may sound silly, but from the moment you choose your journal and start writing in it…your journal becomes your precious and happy place…where you will tell it all your deepest secretes and reflect on the world around you. By giving your journal an identity you will also be making it easier for yourself to write in it…For example; make it like you are writing to someone else. Pretend you are writing to a friend, a family member, a celebrity or someone real or fictional that you admire…You could even give it the identity of your higher self or inner child. This trick helps you to write more freely and be more open.
Well…this brings me to the end of the series… I really hope you have enjoyed reading and maybe got some tips and inspiration from it. I have really enjoyed writing it…and if you have stuck by me this week throughout the series I would just like to take this opportunity to say….Thank you. If you have any questions or quires, please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment down below.
Check out the other instalments of the series…
Also check out my Journalling challenge called‘100 Creative Journal Prompt Challenge’. (Still open)
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