“Journaling can be an excellent way to increase self-awareness, discover and change habits.”

Akiroq Brost

This week’s topic is journaling, and this can happen in a couple of very different ways.  Journaling can be a brain dump, in which you get things off your chest or out of your head OR it can be used as a way of exploring what you would like to do or find options for yourself.  Similar to the quote above.

I like to use both, when I was unwell and going through my treatment – I journaled daily and as yet, whilst I kept the journals, I haven’t chosen to read them as yet.  I can hear the question being asked – will I read them?  I think so, but right at this moment I am happy that they are sitting on a shelf waiting for me to decide.  For some people, they dispose of their thoughts or the letter to someone specific to ensure that they remain private and confidential.

I am currently in the midst of a 30-day journaling challenge, one that I have participated in before and I am very curious to see if my thought process is still the same or if I have grown (or possibly stagnated)!  I will let you know at the end of the journey for this one.

For most people, the act of writing with a pen and paper is sufficient.  Although I am aware of one person who the computer is better for.  The choice is always yours to make.  Maybe a am a little bit of a luddite and the actual pen and paper works better for me, although all other writing and marketing is completed on my laptop!  Go figure!

Getting into the habit of any new program is essential.  You need to make time on a regular basis.  Decide what works best for you – are you more likely to succeed in the morning, lunch or the evening?  Making the commitment and scheduling in time also assists in cementing the new habit.

An extra bonus for me is the actual notebook that I use.  I love a gorgeous journal with quality paper, it makes the process so more enjoyable for me.  But as always, it is your journal and the process needs to suit and reflect you.