How to Start Journaling (Without Really Writing)

I am a big advocate for writing in a journal (see my four reasons why here). I think it is a beneficial, reflective, and therapeutic practice for everyone. But I do understand that it can be a challenge for some people. From the struggle to remain consistent with it to trying to find the right words to express yourself, journaling can take some time to figure out. Here is how to start journaling with four easy strategies to get started!

How To Start Journaling (Without Really Writing)

Purchase a journaling book

There are so many of these on the market so it is a matter of finding the one that is right for you. These books often give you prompts, lists, or topics to write about to get your brain going. I personally like The 52 Lists Project which gives you a different list to make for every week of the year.

One line a day

This is super simple – just write one line a day, every day! It can be a one line summary of your day, a quote that resonates with you at that moment, or something that you accomplished. Once you get the hang of it, try expanding your posts more and more.

One good thing

This is similar to the last one. Just jot down one good thing that happened that day. There is a popular post on Pinterest similar to this but instead of writing your good things in a journal, you write them on small pieces of paper which are then placed in a mason jar. At the end of the year, you can empty out the jar and reflect on all of the good things that happened! I did this in 2013 and found it to be really fun. Whether it is in a jar or in a journal, I think this is great, positive way to reflect.

Create goal lists

Write down a list of goals every week or month, then follow up with a short summary on your status of completion. Did you meet all of your stated goals? Or is there one that you are still struggling with? Jot it down! Believe me, writing down your goals will definitely help in holding yourself accountable for reaching them.

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How To Start Journaling (Without Really Writing)

Hopefully these techniques will help you figure out how to start journaling on a regular basis. Maybe you will begin to see yourself wanting to write more and before you know it, you will be a full on journalista!


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  • Reply Melanie

    Great ideas! I especially like the one line or one good thing a day ideas. I think I might actually be able to do those! Thanks for sharing!

    January 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Sahar

    I really like your suggestions! I journal all the time, I feel it’s such a healthy way to look back at my day and make tomorrow even better. I blog about it all the time as well ::sheepish::

    January 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I agree. Looking back at old entries puts everything into perspective.

      January 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Kayde

    I tried to do write one good thing a day in my planner last year but things went a bit downhill, this has inspred me to give it a go again! Thank you xo

    January 22, 2017 at 8:40 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I believe in you! haha I’m glad this article served as inspiration for you 🙂

      January 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

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