Motivation - January 7, 2020

How to Make Journaling a Habit + My Favorite Ones

Hey, friends! Today’s post is all about one of my favorite things – journaling! I mention it A LOT on Instagram and here on BTD, but I realized recently that I’ve never really shared with y’all how to make it a habit. I want to walk through this because journaling is honestly so therapeutic for me. If you’re just getting started, I don’t want it to feel like a “chore” or just another thing on your to-do list. It truly has become part of my morning routine and brings me so much peace before I start my day.

One quick thing to note about journaling before I dive in with my tips on how to make it a habit, is to know there is no wrong way to do it! Journaling can be incredibly personal, so just make it yours! Don’t worry about rules or how I do it, just get started, k?

Buy a journal that gets you excited

This is the really fun part of journaling if you ask me. I am a planner and journal junkie. I mean, I could hang out in the office section of Target all day long. Seriously! I love this stuff! But even if you don’t get as excited as me about picking out your journal, try to have some fun with it. Get something that reflects your personality. Maybe that means getting a neutral color, or maybe it means something bright. Make it your own!

Also, believe it or not, there are actually several different kinds of journals. And I don’t just mean glued spine binding versus spiral or color. I mean you can buy a journal with just blank pages or you can buy one that’s guided and provides prompts. Either one works great, but if you’re already worried about what you’re going to write, I suggest going the guided route. I like this one. It takes all the guesswork out of it and makes you feel like someone is helping you figure out how to more productive, disciplined, etc. This one is also great if you really want to focus on gratitude – something I want to do more of in 2020. Or if you want to go the basic, blank page route (this kind if perfect for brain dumping), go for this one.

Pick a time dedicated to journaling

If you want journaling to become a real, daily habit, the best way to do it (at least for me) is to pick a dedicated time for it. Y’all know I love to journal during my quiet time every morning. I have the luxury of taking my mornings a little slower, though, so if you don’t have the time in the morning or don’t want to do it then, I recommend doing it before bed. This way journaling can serve as a kind of brain dump and help you destress right before bed. Speaking of bedtime, if that’s a sore spot for you, read this post on how to make going to sleep easier.

Don’t stress about what you’re going to write

This is why buying a guided journal or one with prompts can be very helpful. Journaling should not be something that stresses you out. And like I said above, there’s no wrong way to do it. If you’re freaking, here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • What scares you more than anything?
  • What are your wildest dreams? Sky’s the limit!
  • What do you want out of life?
  • Write a letter to your future self
  • Write a letter to your teenage self
  • List out all the adventures you want to go on
  • List out all the things that make you happy

As you can see, there are NO rules! Grab a pen and just let the words start pouring out of you.

Stay consistent

Like building any habit, you have to be consistent with it. Even on the days where it really feels like a chore, I challenge you to still do it and then take a second to think about how you feel afterward. It’s kind of like working out – you might not want to do it sometimes, but you’ll never regret it.

Reflect on it

This might feel like something you can skip but don’t! I’ve found reflection to be a crucial step in making anything a habit. It gives me a chance to remember why I wanted journaling to be a habit to begin with. Also, it can be really fun to look back at your old entries. Sometimes mine look like craziness all mashed together on a page, but other times I feel like I can see the personal growth between whatever I wrote and where I am in that moment, which feels pretty freaking great.

At the end of the day, don’t overthink it! There’s no wrong way to journal, I promise! I linked some more great options for you below so you can get started ASAP!