Choose your notebook or sketchbook.
If you are nervous about committing to a journal, use a cheap composition notebook as a practice journal that you toss into your purse or backpack and just pull it out when the mood strikes. Some days you’ll write a couple of lines, some days you’ll write pages. With the cheap composition notebook, you’ll get to try and you’ll find your flow, your style, you get to try what kinds of pens/pencils/markers/etc., and you don’t have to worry about being perfect.
Alternatively, be willing to splurge on the right journal buy a journal you think is absolutely beautiful. Something you love looking at and want to pick up, even if it means you have to splurge a little bit.
Always carry your journal with you.
As possible always try to keep your journal with you even if you don’t write in it every day so whenever inspiration strikes you can write in it.
Keep your entries short.
Depending on the amount of time you have, try as much as possible to keep your notes short but detail in a way that you can easily remember
Don’t write on the first page.
Never write on the first page. It’s a lot of pressure to write the ‘right thing’ for the first page. Turn the page to the next fresh page, and start from there
Don’t stress about writing every single day.
Don’t stress about writing something daily, it’ll just make it a horrible experience as a whole. It might sound counterintuitive, but relieve yourself of the expectation that you will write every day.
You might get very excited about a new journal, write loyally for a couple days, then miss a day — because life happens. You might probably feel like you failed for not keeping up but its important to make the decision to stop expecting to write every day.
Sometimes I write every day, sometimes pages and pages in one sitting. Sometimes, when life is insane, I’ll write just once in an entire month.
Create a relaxing routine around journaling.
Get yourself a notebook, a pen, and make a routine to write in it in bed right before your fall asleep to reflect on the day. It helps to treat it as if reflect on happenings in of the day or incorporate it into your existing routine like writing in the journal while in the bus or train
Keep it simple.
Don’t be overambitious! Don’t think you have to be super extra about everything. It’s easy to get lost on Pinterest in pictures of beautiful journals. When keeping a journal like a blog chose functionality over ‘Instagrammability’ by Keeping it simple and pretty to make is useful. But every page does not need its own theme of a Polaroid, and a pressed flower. If that is your kind of thing, go for it! But if that seems like a lot for you, find a simpler way to do it
Make a list.
If you’re someone who gets too busy to journal every day or hates the commitment of having to do a long daily entry, then do lists of things instead! Like a gratitude log, or a mood tracker, exercise tracker. This way you can jot down only the highlights of things and keep track of how your year is going. It will take less than a minute to tick off the most applicable column in your journal.
Don’t try to be perfect.
Don’t try to make it perfect. Embrace your brain and yourself and let it be what you need it to be, not what Pinterest says looks nice. Know that there’s no right way to have a journal!
Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes.
It’s okay to make mistakes, make it a part of the page
Create your own layout.
Make your journal helpful for YOU. A lot of the time I see something cool to put in my journal, but I realize it won’t actually help me. Do what suits your style, because many people’s minimal spreads/designs can also look awesome in addition to being more practical for them.
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