How to Start– and Actually Keep a Journal

“It is the man who carefully advances step by step … who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree…” -Alexander Graham Bell

Most journals in the world have about 10 entries and abruptly stop there. Why? Because, unless you’re a writing nerd (like me), journaling isn’t an easy habit to maintain.

In the last article, we talked about why journaling is so vital to our lives as moms. So the question then is: How do we get started? Here are a few guidelines to get you started, mama. (You can seriously do this).

How to Start a Journal & Keep It

1. Start Small (1–3 minute sessions)

Habits are more likely to stick when we start small. When starting a journal, don’t spend a half hour on your first entry. Rather, write down a few thoughts and close it for the day. As moms, we don’t have large chunks of time for self-reflection. If you pretend like you do, you’ll probably stop journaling after three entries. Start with 1–3 minutes and go from there.

2. Be consistent.

The most important element of building any habit is consistency. Set your mind on a small goal (maybe journaling 1–3 times a week) and do it. It can also be helpful to think about where you want to write. Pick a spot that is super hygge, for best results. 🙂

3. Be honest when you write.

Remember, your journal is just for you; you have my permission to be selfish with it. 🙂 Don’t hold back your anger, your frustration and your inner truths. No one will read it, so you can get real. If you have something really awful you need to get out, consider typing it and not saving the document. Journaling truly is about the process, so keeping the words is not always the aim. It’s about drawing the gritty truth to the surface so you can face it.

4. Keep your journal somewhere visible so you don’t forget it.

This might seem like a small thing, but where you store your journal will make all the difference. If you tuck it away, you will forget. Keep it out on the table, or if you need more privacy, on your nightstand.

5. Be Flexible.

Like most things in life, journaling should fit your temperment.

Do you like running your hands down the smooth paper and the weight of a pen in your hands? Or do you prefer the keyboard– for a quicker way to let out your thoughts? Journaling doesn’t have to be on paper, although it’s what I prefer. Use the medium, the time of day and the style that fits you.

What do you think? Want to give it a try? 🙂


One Reply to “How to Start– and Actually Keep a Journal”

  1. Ok so what are you supposed to be journaling about? Everyday activities? Angst about something?

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