4 steps to make journaling a habit
I have journaled in the past in spurts. I'd start for a few days, only to stop and not open my journal for months. It's never been a consistent practice. It's only recently through a coaching group that I am apart of that I've formed a consistent journaling practice.
I started my journaling practice by writing things down on my computer. Once I switched to good ol' fashioned pen and paper - WOW - what a difference. The act of writing and putting thoughts on paper has an amazing ability to either release those thoughts and feelings, or solidify them. Through journaling, I am able to release the things that no longer serve me and the intentions I set in that journal come alive in a way that they don't on a screen.
Here are 4 things I did to solidify my journaling practice in a way that made it a habit:
Pick out a journal that you love. I went to a local store near me (Chapters Indigo) that is known for having beautiful journals. I took time choosing one, felt the pages, and decided on the one that I would love for a daily practice.
Set an intention for your journaling. When I decided to start journaling more seriously, it was part of my coaching program but it was also with a strong intention to reach goals that I had. I feel that intention every time I pick my journal.
Start forming a routine. I like to journal at the same time every day. Even weekends and vacations don't mess with my journaling. It helps me set my day off right and accompanies my meditation practice.
Ask yourself a question. If you find you open your journal and you don't know what to write, have a few questions on hand to fall back on. Here are a few to get you started:
What are you best at, and what do you love doing most, and how could you spend more time doing both?
What do you believe that no longer serves you? What do you believe that might be holding you back?
How would your life be different if you stopped living so much in the past and/or worrying so much about the future?
What would you tell your five-year-old self?
What are your grateful for today?
Most of all, even when I don't feel like journaling, I do it. I always end up writing and moving closer to my goals.