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Writing your thoughts down on paper can’t be that hard, right? How difficult is it to put your thoughts on paper and use them to get clarity on what’s happening in your life?
Journaling isn’t as easy as some people think. Those who often find themselves lost in their thoughts usually have a simpler time penning them down, but others struggle.
What sort of things are you supposed to write about? Where do you even start?
The more you think about what you should be writing, the harder it will be. The whole idea behind journaling is to let your thoughts out. Don’t over-think it, just do it!
Are you a journaling newbie? Here are some tips on how to start writing:
Be Clear On Why
Everything is easier when you know the purpose behind it. To benefit from journaling, you need to know why you’re doing it in the first place.
For those who’ve been doing it for a long time, journaling is a self-improvement tool that helps them better manage themselves.
Journaling is often incorrectly looked at as a hobby—it isn’t. It’s a technique that facilitates self-reflection and helps you be a better version of yourself over time. Once you understand the reason behind your journal entries, you’ll have a better idea of what you should be writing.
Write Down Your Activities
Your journal can start with a basic paragraph of what’s currently going on in your life. What sort of activities are you involved in? How do they make you feel?
As you get into the habit of going through the events of the day, the juices will begin to flow. You’ll begin to connect one thought to another and soon you’ll be writing about deeper issues.
Write Down Your Fears/Concerns
We’re quite happy to share the good in our lives with others, but we hesitate when it comes to telling them about our fears. We hold back from telling others what keeps us up at night. What are things we can’t live without? What are our insecurities?
To get the most out of journaling, you need to be as vulnerable as possible. The journal won’t talk back and offer advice, but just writing down your fears on paper will help you process them. You’ll begin seeing when you’re being irrational about things and what you need to do to overcome your fears.
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