Personal Growth

How to Set Yourself Up to Journal Every Day

To experience the benefits that journaling has to offer, you are going to need to do it daily. Journaling is basically a habit that you build up, and like every habit, it can take a while to cement it into your daily routine. 

If you want to start journaling every day, below you’ll discover the best ways to get started.

# Remind Yourself Of The Benefits

Some days might be more of a struggle than others when it comes to trying to journal every day. When you are just getting started, it is easy to think “I’ll just skip journaling for today and do more tomorrow.” However, if you allow yourself to do this once, you are going to let yourself do it again.

To help you overcome the harder days, print out small cards which remind you of the benefits. You can look at them to gain inspiration when it is needed.

Obviously, there will be times when journaling is the last thing on your mind. Life happens, whether it be grief, illness, or a major life event. During tough times, journaling every day just might not be realistic.

Schedule Time For Journaling

You may find it easier to make journaling a routine if you schedule it in. Just like you would schedule an appointment, set at least 10 minutes aside each day to write in your journal. 

Some people find it more effective to journal first thing in the morning, while others do it at night. Figure out what works for you and then schedule journaling in at the same time every day. You will soon start to see that it becomes a habit. 

Start Out Small

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you are trying to journal every day, is placing an expectation on yourself. For example, it’s common for people to think they need to write a lot and what they do write needs to be a masterpiece. 

Instead, start out with writing a minimal amount. You don’t need to write a lot, or make sure that you are writing anything significant. The key is to just write. Set a timer for 10 minutes on the days you are struggling. You might find that once you get started, the words just flow from there.

Use A Physical Journal

These days, you can journal online or use a physical journal. While online journals may seem more convenient, they don’t have the same attraction as a physical journal. There is just something about writing in a physical journal that makes it a joy to use.

So, if you want to stick to writing in your journal every day, make sure you get one that you can physically write in.

These are a small selection of the best ways you can set yourself up to journal every day. Remember, it may take practice to build up journaling as a daily part of your routine. The more you stick at it, the easier you will start to find it. 


How To Let Go of The Past

You read much about why you should let go of the past. However, it’s more important to know how to do it. Most people will eventually come to grips with why they should do it. They get stuck on actually taking the steps to make it happen. Here are some helpful tips:

Allow Yourself To Let Go Of The Past

It is important for to give yourself permission to let go and leave the past behind you. This is a very important step because your brain is waiting for you to release the responsibility of carrying it, allowing it to focus on other things. Once you tell yourself to let go and make a commitment to allow this to happen, you brain can then focus on more productive things that will serve you better.

Learn From The Experiences From Your Past

You past experiences are learning nuggets and opportunities for growth – be open to viewing them as stepping stones to a better future. Its up to you to alter your attitude so you can recognise the lessons from you past experiences, what they are and how you can use them effectively going forward.  The way to use them is to determine why they happened and how to avoid them in the future.

We gain wisdom from our experiences and it can only be acquired through experience. By analyzing your experiences and learning as much as you can from them,  you can become a wiser person.

Learn How to Meditate

Consider learning meditation. When you are relaxed, you will have an easier time of purging your past. One of the best forms of relaxation is meditation. It takes several sessions to get your body and mind in tune with the techniques. Don’t expect fast solutions with this. The key is to keep doing it until you feel the effects.

Don’t Hide From Your Past

People try to pretend certain aspects of their past did not happen, especially the more embarrassing moments. However, this may cause them to come back to you with a vengeance since they are bottling up within you. Acknowledge everything about your past but commit to pushing forward.

Try Journaling

Keep a journal of your experiences. Be as detailed as possible so you can refer to the journal when faced with similar circumstances in the future. Don’t treat your journal as a bible, however. Just use the journal as a guideline.

Don’t expect all changes to occur immediately. Your past habits may be difficult to break. Therefore, don’t try to change everything in one shot. Give it time. It took a long time to develop those bad habits. 

It you find yourself beating yourself up about your past, then its time to stop! Accept and acknowledge that you may have made some mistakes ( we all have), but try not to be overly critical of what has happened. No one is perfect after all.

Instead concentrate on the positive experiences from your past.  A new study suggests how we recall bad memories in more detail and far more easily than good memories.  The wonderful experiences you have had in the past are equally important.

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