Journaling could be the one thing missing from your life, it gives you perspective, allows you to develop and grow and helps you keep your memories recorded for years to come. Just think about how you’ll feel in ten or twenty years, reading back over your journal and thinking about what was important to you then and how you’ve changed.
It’s amazing what journaling can actually do, writing every day helps you focus on the positives of the day, work through the negatives, and gives you a space to leave all your thoughts and worries. It helps with anxiety and stress, can make you more optimistic, and will help you detach yourself from those tougher days in order to grow and be a better person. So, with that said, what should you actually write in your journal? Where do you start?
First, you need to think about what kind of journal you want. If you’re a visual person you might want to add colors, photographs, and stickers to your journal, the best way to start would be with a dot-grid planner like The Master Plan. If you’re wordier, you’ll definitely prefer the Make It Happen notebook for writing down your musings, and if you’d rather keep your journal short and sweet you might like to write it in your daily undated Getting Stuff Done planner. There are no rules about journaling, you simply grab a pen and write down what’s on your mind.
To begin with, it can be tough because we’re so used to rules being placed upon us that writing unfiltered and unedited will feel unnatural, but the more you do it (aim for every morning!) the better you’ll feel, dumping your brain onto paper for thirty minutes can actually help you come up with new ideas and stay inspired.
Record daily events.
You can use your journal to record daily events, make a note of how you feel after a meeting or date, write down the noteworthy things that happened during your day so that you can remember them and reflect on them.
Celebrate your wins.
This is related to recording daily events. The idea here is that you want to write down whatever circumstance excites you, gives you the feeling that you’ve won. Clients and others change their minds and sometimes do things to counteract the positive feelings you’ve
Break your goals down into to-do lists.
Of course, you have goals, but you need to translate those goals into an actionable to-do list. You should start by writing out your goals and then deciding how you’re going to approach it, give yourself a time frame to achieve them.
The Getting Stuff Done planner allows you to write a quote at the top so you can keep your favorite motivational quotes all in one place while you write in your planner, collecting inspiring and motivational quotes is a good thing to do to keep you empowered.
Make a list of things you love.
Books you’ve read and fallen in love with, TV shows and documentaries you like, keep a journal of the places and things you love so that you can always revisit them whenever you need a boost.
Make a ‘let it go’ list.
Take a leaf from Frozen’s book, and make a let it go list. There are things you’re just going to need to let go of in life, whether it’s a disagreement or something that bugs you and keeps you awake at night. Write it down, let it go.
Write down questions for yourself.
When you’re feeling negative or need to rethink things, make a list of questions for yourself. Give yourself a mock interview where you answer questions honestly and give yourself a chance to look at your achievements and rephrase the things that happen to you.
Make lists of people to call.
Write down a list of people that you want to have at least a half hour phone conversation with, from your elderly relatives to your best friend. Keep the promise and give them a call, and see how it boosts your mood.
Make a ‘things to do’ list.
Not just a to-do list, your things to do list should contain all the things you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for, the experiences you’ve always wanted from swimming with dolphins to visiting Machu Picchu, make a list of these things and promise yourself that you’ll actually make time to go and tick off your to-do bucket list.
Make yourself a five-year plan.
Writing a plan that’s too detailed will only lead to disappointment, so instead, make a plan for five years that’s loose and includes things you really want, including the little things you’ve always wanted to do and be. You can use this to create a sort of self-improvement guide for yourself and work on becoming the best version of yourself in five years time.
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