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“[Journaling helps me] remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.”
— Joan Didion

Do you have a regular journaling practice?

Journaling is one of those things I always thought sounded nice but just never really got around to. I still don’t like making it a “chore,” but I’ve gotten much more in the habit of picking up a notebook and scratching my thoughts into it, and today I wanted to give you a few ideas to be more consistent with your journaling if you’re interested in creating your own practice.

1. Love your supplies. I use cheap supplies — we’re talking everything can be bought from Walmart. I love the PaperMate InkJoy pens, and I always peruse the back-to-school aisle for 50 cent composition books when they go on sale. But maybe you like to feel fancy in your practice. If that’s the case, buy a nice notebook and I love Le Pens — but sometimes they can bleed through thin paper.

2. Write without inhibition. Did you have one of those journals with a lock on it when you were a kid? That you would write your most private secrets in and lock up so your parents couldn’t read it? Treat your journaling practice like you’re writing in a locked notebook. No one will read it — and you can tear it up or burn it at the end if that makes you feel better. The more honest you can be, the more therapeutic it will feel.
3. Write with wild abandon. Set a timer (even if you’ve only got five minutes), and don’t let your pen leave the paper until the chime rings. Can’t think of what to write? Start with that! Many of my journal entries start with something like: “I am sitting here writing even though I don’t really want to and I have no idea what to write about…” I promise they always go somewhere.

4. Give yourself gold stars. I use my journal as a place to acknowledge my wins. Some days it’s as simple as “I went for a walk today” — other days it might be BIG successes or wins in my business or personal life. Journaling is one of the best places to toot your own horn.

5. Use it to plan your day. I recommend journaling in the morning, and using it as a way to brain-dump all of the things that you have to get done that day. Make a to-do list, or just use it to pump yourself up with mantras and things you want to remember or feel throughout the day.

So tell me in the comments below — do you have a journaling practice? What do you do that makes this “mental health chore” seem fun?

PS: Want even more journaling tips? I made a similar themed video on my YouTube channel a while back. Click the video below to check it out.