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 nathan “at” quiethabits.net 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!
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