How to start a Diary/Journal

Hey Dreamers! A few months ago I started writing in a journal. I’ve tried keeping a journal before, but this time I actually stuck with it. Journaling is a great way to get your feelings down on paper and record your experiences. Today I will be giving you some tips on keeping a journal. Lets begin:

1. Finding the perfect notebook.

You can use any notebook you want for a journal. It doesn’t matter, but make sure it’s a pretty notebook so that you have the urge to write in it. Also make sure it’s not too fancy, because you may not feel like writing in it, for the fear of ruining it. This is my journal:

It’s just a normal notebook that I decorated to make it more personal. Right now it has pen marks all over the cover, but I don’t care. Just make sure it represents you.

2. Don’t be afraid to put down your deepest feelings

It can be hard to accept your feelings and write it down. And there’s always the fear that someone will read your journal. But you have to know that this is your journal, and if someone reads it, it’s an invasion of your privacy. Don’t be afraid to write down whatever you feel.

3. Personalize it

Your diary doesn’t just have to be full of words. You can always do little drawings or doodles in them. You can even write little stories or poems. If you search online ideas for journal ideas, you’ll find tons of things. But sometimes the pictures you see online can be overwhelming. Just remember that this is your journal. Nobody else is going to see it. So if you just want to write down your feelings and not anything else, it’s completely fine. Just do what you want.

4. Push yourself to write everyday

It takes 21 days to build a habit. It’s a fact. So push yourself to write in your journal for 21 days without skipping a day. It worked for me.

5. Don’t be afraid to take breaks

If you don’t want to write in your journal one day, just don’t. Writing in your journal shouldn’t be a task. It should be something you do because you want to do it. If you want to take a short break, do it. Don’t stress yourself about it. Writing in a journal is supposed to be a fun hobby. Don’t turn it into a task.

6. Be Random

Your journal entries don’t have to be like stories, they don’t have to be in chronological order. You can be random. Just be sure that when you re-read your entries you understand them.

7. Don’t be afraid to quit

Journaling isn’t ¬†for everybody. So if you’re not enjoying it don’t feel the pressure to continue.

That’s it for this post. Thanks for reading.

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