October 28, 2022

Journaling Tips and Tricks

Delaney

1.    Make journaling a part of your daily routine

Just like brushing your teeth in the morning, journaling can be incorporated into your daily routine to keep you accountable. Find a time in your day that is usually quiet- like during your morning coffee time- and use that time to write down whatever you are feeling or how your day has gone so far.

2.    Start small

Do not be hard on yourself if you struggle with journaling at first. You do not have to be writing pages every day and it is okay to miss days. Forming the habit of writing down what you are feeling is more important than the length of the entry or if it is ascetically pleasing.

3.    Try different techniques

Everyone is unique and prefer a different way of journaling. Trying out different methods like bullet or photo journaling helps maintain interest while also finding the best way to journal for you personally. Your journal does not have to be on a classic journal either. It can be on a document on a computer, a not on a phone, a flip book, or many other options.

4.    Use guided prompts for writer’s block

Guided prompts are a great way to get creative with journaling when you are losing creativity and motivation. If you sit down for your daily journaling time and cannot figure out what to write about it can be helpful to look up a list of guided questions. One website I found specifically mentioned writing about gratitude and what you are grateful for when you are experiencing writers block.

5.    Get creative!

Your journal is yours. If one day you feel like writing diagonally, go for it! For example, you can print out pictures then tape them onto pages or upload them onto your virtual journal. Write in verses and stanzas and paste in concert tickets or movies stubs. You make your journal what it is, and it is for your eyes only. So, make it what you want.

Journaling can be a difficult process to get started. It can be hard to talk about the bad days and easy to forget the good ones but writing down your thoughts and feelings can help organize your thoughts and settle your mind.

 

Thanks for reading!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Delaney is a junior at the University of Georgia studying Psychology and Human Development and Family Science. She is a Psychology Intern for Agape House. In her free time, Delaney likes to go thrifting, drink coffee, and hike.