Journaling Basics

Back to the Basics in Journaling

Journaling brings many personal benefits from improving your vocabulary, reducing stress levels, releasing your creativity to lifting you out of sad moments and depression. Keeping a diary is a way to record the events of your day. Whereas maintaining a journal allows you to explore your thoughts, goals, and feelings.

Journaling Tips

Cheryl Craigie at in “How to Journal: 5 Tips for Capturing Your Best Ideas” focuses on five practical tips to get you start journaling.

How to Journal: 5 Tips for Capturing Your Best Ideas you ever keep a diary–the kind that had a lock and key? If so, you probably poured your heart and soul onto those pages—at least you did until your sister stole it, pried it open, and embarrassed you by reading it in front of all her friends. That kind of diary probably met your needs when you were young. Read more…

Are you looking for more ideas? Michael Grothaus at in “8 Tips to More Effective Journaling for Health” presents eight more tips to help you journal.

Why Journaling Is Good For Your Health (And 8 Tips To Get Better) I first began writing even a single page was excruciating. Surprisingly, though, journaling’s feeling of well-being isn’t just psychosomatic. There are some weeks where I’ll journal every day and then there will be some stretches where I go a month without writing a single word. Read more…

My Favorite Journaling Ideas

Both Cheryl and Michael present informative ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Add inspiring quotes.
  • Cut our photos that are inspirational.
  • Include “To Buy” and “To Do” items.
  • Leave room for a Table of Contents at the beginning (and number the pages in the notebook)
  • Handwrite your entries using a pen that feels good in your hand.
  • Set aside a particular length of time preferably at the same time each day for writing entries.
  • Find your perfect notebook—Moleskin, binder or composition book.
  • Don’t edit, just write. You’re the only person who will read your journal so don’t worry about spelling, grammar, punctuation—the goal is to write.

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