My Journaling Tips & Tricks

I love to journal. I’ve kept a journal off and on, mostly off, since I was about eight. For the past 5 years, I have been writing entries into my journal/dairy/whatever-you-want-to-call-it about once a month at least for multiple times a day at most. I really enjoy just writing down my thoughts. I typically journal when:

  1. I’m stressed and need a release.
  2. I’m sad and don’t want to talk to someone else.
  3. My therapist tells me to.
  4. I have very intense feelings (either positive or negative).
  5. Something awesome happens, and I just have to record it.

For journaling some of my favorite supplies are:

Journaling has been such a great way for me to get in touch with my feelings in a safe, low stakes environment. Here are my tips to be successful in journaling:

Number 1: Keep It Low Stakes

It’s absolutely OK if you don’t journal every day. I’ve gone months without a single entry – that’s okay. It’s ok if you misspell a word. Lastly, it’s ok not to journal about every single thing. One of my friends records every single thing she does every day in her journal. That could never be me. It’s also OK is you’re the person who wants to record every moment in your journal, but you don’t have to.

Number 2: Find a Style that Suits You

It doesn’t have to be perfect, pretty, or aesthetic. It just needs to be functional and work for you. Until this week, I only really ever journaled in one way; just blurting out my thoughts on a page. I don’t really even have paragraphs – just my sentences on a page. Occasionally, I write in my journal as if I’m writing to my future self, or to someone who may be reading it. One of my favorite entries are my “State of the Union” entries. In these there are two columns: In and Out. On the “In” side are things that I’m enjoying: this could be anything (people, movies, pens, activities) and on the “Out” side are things I’m over or are upsetting me. Last, is a style I’ve just recently started. One night, I was lying sleepless in bed around 12am, and I decided to journal to get all my thoughts out in hopes out actually getting some rest. But I just had too many thoughts, so I just started a numbered list of everything that was running through my head. I keep writing until I get all my thoughts out or get tired, normally the latter.

Number 3: Set a Time to Journal

Generally, I journal before I go to sleep. I do almost all of my journaling in bed, so I keep my journal on my nightstand. Setting a dedicated time to journal helps to cement it into a part of your routine.

I hope these tips can help you in writing and maintain a journal!

Sincerely,

Marie

7 thoughts on “My Journaling Tips & Tricks

  1. Sarah Hania Afzal June 3, 2020 / 11:27 am

    Hey! I wanted to journal too but I couldn’t motivate myself😅. Great post by the way! Are you in middle school?

    • MarieSpeaks June 3, 2020 / 3:11 pm

      No, I’m a rising senior in High School

  2. Corey April 12, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    I alternate between journaling by hand and typing using an app like day one. Doing it by hand feels more cathartic but I can only write for a short amount of time. I get more if my thoughts out by typing. Thoughts?

    • MarieSpeaks April 13, 2020 / 12:32 am

      Hi Corey, I would recommend doing whatever works best for you! For example, if you’re in need of catharsis, then write down whatever you need. If you just want to get everything out at once, then go ahead and type it. Journaling is all about making your thoughts work for YOU. You don’t have to confined to a notebook or a computer – use whatever works best for you.

  3. Ellen April 12, 2020 / 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the posting the cheaper Amazon dupe, it makes hoarding journals even more easy! Loved this post ❤

    • MarieSpeaks April 13, 2020 / 12:34 am

      Thanks, Ellen! What can I say? I’m an enabler! hahaha

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