As I read about journaling to prepare for this month’s habit experiment I found a ton of great articles and other content that covered everything from how to journal to the benefits of writing in a journal. I wanted to share some of these resources with you to help get you started or keep you going.
Writing in my journal has been a great exercise so far this month. I have slowed down my thoughts because I’m writing by hand and I have reflected on how my day went and what really happened. I’ve noticed that as I write in my journal I’m more aware of each distinct day instead of letting them all blur together as I often do. This has been very therapeutic and calming.
For now, I use my journal as a way to record my day, including the events, successes, frustrations, thoughts and ideas that happened throughout the day. I write just before I go to bed. I have a few ideas in mind for expanding my journal entries, but for now I’m working on getting the habit started.
No matter where you are in your journal writing, I think these resources will help you to get started or give you a new way of approaching your writing habit. If you have any articles, studies or anything else, please add them in the comments or email them to email@example.com and I’ll add them in this post.
- The Magic of Journaling By Hand – Journaling Saves – if you need some good reasons to write by hand instead of electronically, this article is for you.
- Why I Journal – Rowdy Kittens – this is a great audio blog about writing and journaling. It’s about 4 minutes, so a quick listen. Tammy is like the queen of journaling. Her journals are amazing! This is a few years old but still great.
- How I Journal – Rowdy Kittens – another great one from Tammy about how she journals. I love the idea of the journal as a safe haven for personal writing.
- Rowdy Kittens – How I Use My Journals – yet another from Tammy (I told you, she’s the queen of journaling). This post tells you how she uses her journals and give some cool ideas and resources
- An Exceedingly Simple Guide to Keeping a Journal – Zen Habits – as always, Leo keeps things simple. This is a great post about his simple journaling habit
- Journal Writing: A Short Course – Center for Journal Therapy – this website provides a ton of journaling resources. This article is a great guide to get you started.
- How to Journal: 5 Tips for Capturing Your Best Ideas (Part 1) – Write to Done – this is geared a little more to writers, but I think the ideas can apply to almost anyone who wants to start journaling.
- How to Journal: 6 Tips to Boost Creativity and Polish Your Writing (Part 2) – Write to Done – again, directed towards writers, but there are still some great ideas here for any journal writers.
- Journal Your Life – Susannah Conway – Susannah takes a spiritual approach to journaling, which is pretty awesome. This course will cost you about $170, but it comes highly recommended. Includes 6 weeks worth of content and a bunch of other goodies. (Note: this is not an affiliate link)
Well, there you have it! I hope you found something useful in all of that. Happy journaling!