If a picture paints a thousand words, then a daily journal keeps a thousand life stories. Starting a daily journal is a great way to record your life experiences– it may be the happiest event, an unforgettable experience or a story of your broken heart and how it was healed. Journals are a fantastic way to show how your life has developed over the years.
After series of journals, you will be surprised that even the simplest event in your past has contributed to the present you. You look back from today and understand when, why, where have you started and how your life has changed.
You may think that getting a journal for yourself can be tough. You may not know what to write and even what to use. Should a notebook suffice or would you need a fancy journal? Or would you prefer it typed on your computer?
Most of the time, getting started is a challenge; however, once started, it will get easier each time you write those words that build your own story, words that come out from your deepest thoughts and feelings.
Getting Started with a Daily Journal
There are several mediums in writing a daily journal. Of course, the first step to getting started is to choose what you will use in recording your life. Some prefer to write on notebooks while others prefer to type it directly to the computer. It is always important to choose what is best for you, what works for you and what feels right!
Whatever means of writing you choose, there will always be both advantages and disadvantages. For example, it may seems that typing directly on computers or tablets is easy; however, having your electronic device as the primary means for writing can give you many distractions. You may be sidetracked to googling or even playing games instead of writing.
The conventional way of writing always works best such as writing with a pen and paper. Writing on notebooks puts you into a dimension where you and your pen work together. After all, it is always more sacred to write with your own hands.
Of course there are times when you are busy and forget all about journalling. In reality, things come up unexpectedly, distractions are simply everywhere. Writing a journal is a commitment. It must be on a regular basis. Missing to write on your journal might also mean forgetting what happened to your life. Missing more than a day in a row might end up missing a few more days before you know it.
Consistency is the key. Make it a habit. In fact, you can set a schedule on when to write your journals. Evenings are always a great time to write about your day but any time is better than no time at all. Putting your notebook near your bed might also help.
Journals do not need to be a novel. You can write as much or as little as you like, but having a concise journal can keep you from writing often. Bullet points can be enough to capture what happened on your day. A concise journal can also save your time.
Keep Track on Your Life Goals
Journals are good ways to track your life goals. No matter how small your goal may be or how idealistic they are, writing it on your journal will help you track where you are. Simple entries such as losing 2 pounds or adding a little to your savings can be a good step to achieve your goals.
Having a journal to keep these small steps would make you feel happier. It can also be really rewarding.
Journals are also personal belongings. Words might come from your deepest thoughts and feelings. Some may even sound mellow dramatic. In this regard, it is always important to keep your journal safe and secured. If you are afraid that someone might see it, it is advisable to keep your journals locked and for computer journals, strong passwords can be helpful.
A Collection of Time, Effort and Experiences
After some time and a little bit of effort, your journal will easily grow. Having a page written each day would mean about 3000 pages for a decade.
Just imagine how amazing and insightful it will be to go back to your past experiences and see how they all contributed to the new and improved you. Before you know it, you have already become an author of the best story ever given to you– the gift which we call life.