Here we are, meeting again with another episode. Today’s talk is going to be special, about one of the cutest hobbies and habits a human can choose. So let’s discover the art of journaling, explore it’s aspect and give you all the answers you need!
An episode summary:
The steps for us to talk about journaling need to be organized by levels, and here is how I would approach it:
- What is journaling, how is it used?
- What are the benefits of this activity?
- How to start journaling as a beginner and how to make it a habit?
A general introduction to journaling:
Journaling is turning a journal (or a notebook) into your space, your free expression place. You want it to be a safe place for your ideas, feelings, reflections, and deep thoughts. It’s like making a random little notebook tell your story.
In our generation, journaling is considered a sort of self-care, slash art tool. But it still can come in different fonts and styles, such as:
- Brain dumps: where you free yourself to write without limits. It helps you organize your mind in those moments of confusion. When you have so many thoughts you put them on paper and figure things out.
- Artistic journaling: this comes in different ways too but it’s generally when you use art to express. Whether you’re good at drawing, at calligraphy, or simply have a sense of art, you pick a theme and free the artist in you.
- Bullet journaling: more concentrated on planning. You can make a spread for the month, for the week, a list of to-dos, a bucket list, a habit, or a mood tracker. Any spread that helps you stay on track and organized.
- A reading journal: where you journal about the books you read and document your reading journey. Reviewing a book, making a theme, or just talking about reading is a part of it.
What are the benefits of journaling?
There are many benefits that journaling as a hobby can bring into your life from which I mention:
- It keeps your mental health on track
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves your writing and communication skills
- Helps you achieve your goals by making them clear
How to strat journaling a beginner and how to make it a habit?
When it comes to starting your journaling journey, it only needs excitement and some simple steps. During the episode, all the steps I mentioned are from a previous blog post I made that you can visit to read more: A simple guide to journaling for beginners.
While making it a habit will bring us to various tips as:
- Keep it obvious: To create a habit, the action should be clear in front of us, just as you read more when you always have a book close to you. Do the same with journaling, and keep your journal in an easily accessible place.
- Do not journal every day: “Or at least that’s how I see it.” Journaling as a whole would be harder to maintain every day. So to avoid any sort of burnout, I advise you to only journal when you want to or need to, not necessarily every single day.
- Schedule it: When you don’t include journaling in your schedule and just expect to find time for it, you will probably end up with none. So make sure to add it to your to-do list and plan.
In little words:
Sometimes, all we need is a piece of content to boost your motivation. And I hope this did its thing and convinced you to pick up that journal.
Journaling is indeed a great tool you need to consider for its many benefits. It will add the sparkle, bring you both joy and satisfaction, and keep you on track. So join the community and start your journey here.
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