Writing in a journal can be the most important thing that you do. Journals are an expression of yourself, a way to heal after a loss, an exercise in creativity, a place to write your thoughts, a place of freedom to do and say whatever you want, and so much more. Click here to read more about reasons why you should keep a journal.
Below are some journal techniques for when you don’t know what to write:
- Forget all requirements for writing – anything goes in a journal
- Write when the mood strikes- you don’t have to write daily
- Write honestly – without avoiding the important things
- Start today – in the middle of your life – you don’t have to write about your beginnings if you don’t want
- Write a poem
- Write a list
- Release your emotions. Your journal can be filled with thoughts you are freeing from yourself. Writing it down keeps it from eating you alive.
- Reflect on your life
- Description – paint a scene so vivid you could relive it later
- Write letters you would never send to anyone
- Free write – write whatever comes to mind even if it doesn’t make sense now
- Write a dialog with yourself (or someone else)
- Dream mapping
- Write what you are grateful for
- Life goals
- Quotes that inspire you
The most important thing to remember is that it is your journal. You don’t have to let anyone read it if you don’t want to.
There are so many ways to document your life. You can include pictures, drawings, or receipts in your journal. In fact you might just find yourself writing on the back of receipts and taping it into your journal later. And here is a fun tip I found online: Create a table on contents in your journal so you can go back to the stuff you want to remember. If you number your journal pages you can reference the topics you wrote about. Kinda cool right?
So what are you waiting for? Start writing in your journal now.