Journaling Series Part 3: How to Stick With Journaling?

The content in this journaling series is from what I shared with my recent in-person journaling class. My original idea was to try and create an online class, but ultimately decided to create a blog series in which to freely share this information.

Last week we talked about What is Journaling? The week before we talked about Why Journaling is Important? Now let’s finish up with ways to keep inspired and to keep journaling.

Ways to Stay Inspired

We all know how hard it can be to stick with something, but it helps if we can get some inspiration here and there. Here are some great places to help inspire your writing!

Ways to Keep Journaling

It takes 21 days to make something a habit. If you want to make journaling a habit, pick a specific time of day and journal for 21 days consecutively. If you miss a day, you have to start from scratch! Here are some ways to keep regular.

  • Set an alarm to remind you to journal
  • Keep your journal somewhere you can see it everyday as a reminder to write in it
  • Pick a journaling buddy so you can remind each other
  • Find someone to be a coach (someone who doesn’t journal, but doesn’t mind holding you accountable)
  • Use a journaling app for writing prompts and regular reminders to journal!

Note: Regular journaling isn’t for everyone. If you feel like you really do want to make journaling apart of your life, then sticking with it for 21 days straight is the best way to build that habit But if you are becoming frustrated with your inability to stick with journaling for 21 days, then perhaps this way of self-expression is not something you need at this point in your life. Journaling should not be something you feel forced to do.

Also, I have recently began a 21 Day Journaling Challenge on Facebook for those who do want to try to make journaling a habit. Please feel free to jump in and join and build that habit! Just join the group and scroll down to Day 1 and keep coming back everyday (or everyday you need it) to get the little push/inspiration you need to keep going. Also, feel free to post on the group page to talk about your journaling progress or ask question. It’s a support group for journalers, so let’s support each other!

 Ways to Keep Your Journal Private

You must feel 100 percent comfortable writing in your journal; otherwise it’s not coming directly from the heart. Some of your thoughts or feelings aren’t something you might want to share with others, so it might become necessary to hide or set boundaries to keep your journal private. Here are some suggestions to do that.

  • Don’t write in a journal, write in a regular notebook
  • Write on your computer and put this under a boring or inconspicuous file name.
  • Don’t place your journal out where people can pick it up (find a special place to put it that no one else would get to it)
  • Set boundaries with your family and let them know it’s not okay for them to touch it.

Always Remember

 Have self-compassion for yourself in this journey and realize it’s okay to not be perfect in your journaling journey, or in life. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to miss a day, a week, a month or two in journaling. We are, after all, human. Our flaws, our mistakes, our desires, and dreams make us who we are. They make us beautiful and one of a kind. They make us perfectly perfect, because we are.

I hope you enjoyed this series and got something out of it. As always, please feel free to comment below with questions or if you would like to share your journaling experiences.

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