One of my goals for 2021 was to start journaling – and my gosh I am glad I started. Journaling has been an amazing way for me to process feelings, deal with hard days and set goals for myself. Here, I will take you through how I journal, step-by-step.
What you will need:
A notebook and a pen… that’s it. I normally have an A5 notebook that is blank – this means I have the freedom to write whatever I want, wherever I want. I also like to date my pages so I can look back and reflect.
- Write about your day
Whether it’s the morning time and I have worries about the day, it’s the end of the day and I have had a stressful one or even if it’s been a good day, I like to just write about it to get any of my feelings on paper. I sometimes find that the thing that makes me anxious is having lots of overriding thoughts in my head, so writing them out makes everything seem clearer and more manageable. I like to read back on some of my days a few weeks later and reflect on them… funnily enough 95% of the problems or issues I have written about seem like nothing a few weeks later which really puts things into perspective.
- Write down decisions you need to make/things you need to do
After I have written about my day, I like to write about any decisions I need to make or my to-do list. Again, I can sometimes feel overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list that is sitting in my head. Whenever I write everything down, it is easy for me to see how much I need to get done that day/week and it’s also a great way to figure out what to prioritise.
- Write down your goals
This is my favourite part of journaling. I love to write down any goals or manifestations in my notebook – I feel like once I have written it down it kind of sets my goal ‘in stone’. I am also a huge believer in manifesting – I believe that when you set yourself a goal, put it out there and truly believe that it can happen, it’s a huge step towards achieving your goal. Once it is written down, it is easy for me to figure out a way to achieve my goals and then reflect back to see if I have achieved them. You won’t believe the amount of goals I have written down this year which I have achieved – it’s amazing!
- Write down what you are grateful for
I normally end my journaling session by writing down what I am grateful for that day – it is a fab way to keep everything really positive and whenever I am feeling down I like to reflect on previous days to remind myself about all the things I can be grateful for. It can be something as little as going on a nice walk that day, or having a good night’s sleep!
And that’s it! I try and journal everyday, but sometimes life just gets in the way, so I just try to focus on doing it as much as possible. I would love to know if this inspires you to start journaling – let me know in the comments below!