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It’s another Tuesday in the quick march to the end of the year!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! My husband and I attended a lovely wedding.
I wonder if the new bride kept a journal?
Your First Journal
Most of us have a lot of things on our minds, yet we don’t put enough of it down on paper. Many of those ideas and thoughts bouncing around in your head can sometimes start to feel overwhelming.
It can be hard to remember each of those, and it can be very difficult to keep all of your thoughts organized without writing them down somewhere. A great way to remedy this is to write everything down in a journal. Keeping a journal is great for anyone and is an awesome way to express yourself away from any judgment of others.
We briefly looked at starting a journal in an earlier post. But here are more detailed tips for starting your first journal and for protecting your thoughts.
1. Protect Your Privacy
You must first think of ways to protect your privacy when you start a journal. This is especially true if you plan to add ideas that you don’t want to be stolen. Always reserve the first page of your journal for your name and phone number or email address. This way, if it gets lost, you might get lucky and have it returned to you.
If you like to write online, you may consider getting a personal email set aside just for your journal entries. Another consideration would be to password protect the file that you use as your journal. Alternately, consider getting a flash drive to keep your entries on and make them password protected.
2. Add the Date to Your Entries
An important habit needs to be adding dates to all of your entries. This will allow you to reconstruct your entries chronologically by dates. It can also let you notice any silence in between certain entries.
3. Read What You Write
Many people don’t feel the need to go back and read what they’ve written. However, it can be important to go back and read what you wrote previously. You may be pleasantly surprised with how much you knew before and how far you have come.
4. Write Thoughts Down as Soon as They Come
Many people who journal regularly know all too well about “journal block.” This is the same as writer’s block and you can lose everything you want to write down if you don’t get it out in time. To outsmart this block, write everything down as fast as you can or as soon as a thought comes to mind. Don’t tell yourself you’ll write it down later because you might forget.
5. The Truth Shall Set You Free
Your own personal truth is not your enemy. You’re writing for yourself, not for anyone else. Don’t try and talk yourself out of getting to know yourself better and trying to understand how you really feel about things. You have to give yourself permission to write the truth. Also, allow yourself to go at your own pace. Sometimes, your truth may cause you to need to slow down.
6. Write Naturally
The best thing about keeping a journal is that there are no rules to follow. Don’t overthink what you’re writing or how you’re writing it. Write naturally and enjoy the process. You’ll gain more from it than you realize.
7. Don’t Stop
When you start a new entry, it’s best to start with the present moment. This could be what’s going on in your life that day or that week. It’s best to keep the thoughts and ideas flowing. Add in how you’re feeling about everything going on as well. When you come back to read old entries, you’ll find it easier to relive the moment if you were more descriptive about how you were feeling. While writing, don’t take time to go back and edit or rewrite anything. Let everything flow out naturally.
8. Start with A Quick Meditation Moment
In order to get yourself ready for a writing session, take a few moments to take some deep breaths and meditate. You can use a variety of things to help you get in the mood for writing. The use of deep breathing, soft music, stretches, or candles are all great things to help get your creative juices flowing.
Have a productive week!
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