How to Get Started Writing a Journal

I have been journaling off and on since as long as I could remember. It started as a dear diary thing back in grade school and has changed a lot over the years. Now my journaling takes on more of a gratitude slant, but I've recently been working on a journal focusing on the moon phases and seasons. That's the beauty of journaling, it can be anything you want it to be.

How to start journaling.

Getting started journaling isn’t something that you need to think about too hard. Yes, there are numerous types and styles of journals and ways to do this that may or may not be more effective depending on your goals, but you can simply get some paper (or your computer) and get started today.

Don't feel like you need to get the perfect journal and then you can start. Or maybe you want colored markers or stickers or, well this can go on forever! Your first journal doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, it doesn't even have to be a book! Just start as soon as the urge hits you and you can adapt and change your journal as you go. 

Check out these 8 tips to make starting a journal easy-peasy:

Journal writing made easy:

* Pick Up Pen and Paper – You don’t need anything special to keep a journal. You can use pen and paper, a journal book or an app. Pick the one that is easiest for you so there will be no excuses. Personally I prefer a book, but use whatever you like because liking how you write will keep you writing longer! 

In fact that's the number 1 trick to getting started journaling: Just start! Even if you're jotting it down on scrap paper...start, and you can work out the details from there!

* Journal First Thing in the Morning – Don’t procrastinate about keeping your journal. It’s best to do it in the morning before you begin your day so that you have the right frame of mind for the day. Plus, you can set your intentions for the day by jotting down what you're grateful for, what you're looking forward to etc.

* Journal Last Thing at Night – Another time to write is before bed. This works especially well for gratitude journals. That way you can go to sleep thinking about all the things you are grateful for instead of things you’re worried about. Sometimes I write both morning and night, other times I only do one. It sort of depends on how my morning goes lol.

* Write Every Single Day – Whenever you choose to do it, try to set it up so that it becomes a ritual and a habit. Journaling every single day is going to be more effective than just doing it when you feel like it. If you accidentally miss a day, don't feel like it's all derailed! Just start up as soon as you remember.

* Start Simply – Don’t be worried about style and substance right now; just work on the daily habit with pen and paper (or if it’s easier for you, a computer or smartphone). Don’t make it hard, just get started. Remember that is the most important thing to journaling, just write!

Writing in my moon phases journal titles Stay Magical

* Begin with Today – Oh my goodness don't put this off any longer! Start right now and write about your day today. That’s the easiest thing to do. What of significance happened today? How did you feel about it? What would you do differently? What would you do the same? Don't worry that you didn't find the perfect journal yet, just start on paper and you can switch over to a journal when you find one you love.

* Try Different Types of Journals – Once you develop the habit, you can start trying different types of journaling like a bullet journal, or a vision journal, or maybe even a project journal for your next project. I found a calendar style journal that I love from $5 Below that has both a calendar and individual journal pages. You can buy some amazing pens/markers and tape/stickers to accent your journal with if you like that style.

* Keep It Private – The main thing to remember about your journal is that it should be kept private. The only exception is if you want to share thoughts with a therapist, counselor, or coach. Or if you want to turn it into a book or course, to help someone else overcome whatever you overcame. Even then you'll probably want to pick out the more private things to keep private. 

moon phase journal

Keeping a journal will help you deal with the things that happen to you as well as the things that have not happened to you. The main reason is that writing it down helps you remember what you did right and what you did wrong. It helps you improve your decision-making capacity for similar situations. The main thing is just to get started journaling in any way that works for you.

The book I'm showing you in these pages was bought so I can track the changing seasons, moon phases and things like Mercury retrograde to determine how they affect me. I also have a seperate gratitude journal that I write in almost daily. I could totally understand how some people might want to have only one for everything, but this experiment is working for me so far!

Hopefully you love journaling as uch as I do. Now get started!


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