Journaling is the number one way I would recommend to get yourself unstuck from any rut or negative mindset you might be in. There is no better way to find clarity and focus.
Keeping a journal is trendy right now, but for good reason. There is no better way to clear your mind and get your ideas down before you lose them. There are so many benefits from a consistent journaling practice.
Sometimes we are so stuck in our heads we can’t see the direction we are heading. The routine nature of writing things down lets you see patterns in your thinking and creative process. Patterns that you may never otherwise have known existed!
Getting random thoughts out of your head is so helpful in clearing your mind so you can concentrate on the things that matter to you.
As you look over past entries, you see you have really done so much more than you thought you had, you’ve grown so much more than you give yourself credit for.
These are deeply personal practices and many people have unique ways of getting their thoughts out on paper. No matter if you take a visual or a written approach to journaling there is no better way to consistently experiment and find your personal style.
My Personal Creative Journal Practice
I have my own journaling practice and it is very simple. My inexpensive notebook has a street map of Paris on the cover. I date the top of the page before I start writing and scribble whatever is on my mind. Recently, I started adding in a few of my Sunday watercolor practices.
I’m easy on myself with the practice. If I don’t feel like writing that day, I don’t. However, it is part of my morning routine and I try to be as consistent as possible. Sometimes I let all my messy thoughts fill the lines, or I write about what is happening with me and my family. Once a poem fell onto the page, and I don’t necessarily write poetry.
One of the complaints that people have about journaling is that it starts to feel like a chore. Just one more thing you have to do. If that is the case, then change up your method, the time of day, or simply take a little break. This shouldn’t feel like work!
Personally, I prefer physically writing to keeping a digital journal as I like the process of putting pen to paper. In the evening I place the journal on the table where I eat breakfast and this visual reminder prompts me to write.
There is no wrong way to journal. Chose a time to work on your journal daily and be as consistent as possible. I work on mine as part of my morning routine and it generally takes about ten minutes, less time if I focus.
Journal Ideas – What to write about
There are so many things you can choose to write about. As I said above, I just write whatever I feel like that day, but you can also choose to be more structured.
- keep track of how you are feeling, the weather, your projects.
- write about your problems, your dreams, what you value.
- You can keep track of thoughts, ideas and write your successes and failures.
- A stream of consciousness.
- What are you worried about? What do you want to let go of?
- Keep track of your goals.
- How can you help those around you?