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September 13, 2023

10 Practical Tips on Making Daily Journaling More Enjoyable

Enjoyable Daily Journaling

Journaling is a powerful method for fostering creativity and personal growth, not just for self-reflection. It provides a haven for expressing thoughts and emotions, setting objectives, and tracking progress. However, for many people, daily journaling can seem dull or daunting. To make daily journaling more enjoyable, here are 10 tips to help you get started and stay committed.

10 Journaling Tips for a Delightful Daily Habit 

1. Choose the Right Journal

One of the first steps to making daily journaling enjoyable is selecting the right journal. The type of journal you choose should resonate with you and suit your preferences. Consider factors like size, paper quality, binding, and design. Some prefer traditional leather-bound journals, while others may opt for digital journaling apps. Experiment with different options until you find one that feels comfortable and inspiring.

2. Set Realistic Expectations

When starting a daily journaling practice, you should set realistic expectations. Understand that you don’t need to write a lengthy entry every day. Instead, commit to a manageable goal, like spending 10-15 minutes each day on journaling. Setting achievable expectations will make it easier to maintain your journaling habit while reducing the pressure.

3. Find Your Writing Time

Pick a specific time that works best for you to journal. Morning Pages is a well-known practice of filling three pages with your stream-of-consciousness thoughts each morning. Some people likewise prefer to write first thing in the morning to set intentions for the day. But if you find it more therapeutic to reflect in the evening, do so. 

Experiment with different times and determine when you feel most inspired and relaxed. Consistency is key. So try to stick to your chosen time as much as possible.

4. Create a Relaxing Environment

Make your journaling experience more enjoyable by creating a comfortable and relaxing environment. Find a quiet, clutter-free space where you can focus without distractions. Try adding soothing elements like soft lighting, calming music, or a cup of tea.

5. Use Prompts and Templates

If you ever feel stuck or unsure about what to write, using prompts or templates can be immensely helpful. These prompts can help you explore new ideas, emotions, and perspectives. With that, your journaling sessions can be much more enjoyable and insightful. 

You can find in magazines, apps, and websites questions or themes to guide your writing. Field Guide To Everyday Magic, for instance, is filled with worksheet-style prompts alongside captivating photographs. This interactive workbook provides journaling space for readers to respond directly on its pages. Moreover, with its compact size, you can easily slip it into your bag or purse to take it anywhere. Click here to check it out.

Daily Journaling

Field Guide To Everyday Magic Issue 5

6. Mix Text and Visuals

Journaling doesn’t have to be limited to words on a page. Try adding visuals like sketches, doodles, or photographs to your journal. Visual elements can help you express yourself in various ways and make your journal more visually appealing. You can also include clippings from magazines, ticket stubs, or other mementos that hold significance to your daily experiences.

7. Embrace Imperfection

One of the biggest obstacles to enjoyable journaling is the fear of making mistakes or writing poorly. It’s essential to remember that your journal is a private space, and there are no rules or judgments. Allow yourself to make spelling errors, cross out words, or write messy entries. Your journal is for you, and it being imperfect is perfectly fine.

8. Write About Gratitude

Writing about gratitude can elevate your mood and rekindle your thoughts, especially on those weary days when self-doubt looms. It need not be complex. Begin with whatever is within your reach – whether it’s the view from your balcony or the comfort of your morning coffee. Then, delve into a detailed exploration of your emotions. 

Rather than attempting to fill pages with an exhaustive list of things you’re grateful for, consider honing in on a select few. This way, you can truly immerse yourself in the feeling of gratitude.

Enjoyable Daily Journaling

Photo by Helen Rushbrook

9. Reflect and Celebrate

Incorporate moments of reflection and celebration into your journaling routine. Take time to acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrate your progress, personal growth, and the steps toward your goals. Reflecting on your accomplishments can be satisfying and motivate you to continue journaling.

10. Share Your Journey

While daily journaling is primarily a personal practice, sharing your journey with others can add another layer of enjoyment and accountability. You can share select entries or insights with a trusted friend, family member, or a supportive online community. Discussing your journaling experience with others can provide valuable perspectives, encouragement, and motivation to continue.

 

Daily journaling doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right mindset and techniques, it can be delightful and transformative. Remember to review your journal entries periodically and adjust your journaling practice. Consider what’s working well and what isn’t. Are there specific prompts or formats you enjoy more than others? 

If you’re seeking thought-provoking prompts to help with daily journaling, check out our Field Guide To Everyday Magic, an exciting spin-off of Bella Grace magazine. Click here.

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Comments ( 9 )

  1. Julia

    September 28, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    These are amazing tips! I would love to add one that I learned from Atomic Habits by James Clear which is the two-minute rule, which states the new habit should take less than two minutes to do. An example he gave was doing yoga – instead of shooting for 30 minutes, scale it down to simply rolling the mat out. So if 15 minutes of writing sounds like too much, shoot for taking out the journal and pen, maybe writing down the date, and one sentence if you can.
    Alongside finding a journal that looks and feels nice, a good pen or pencil also does wonders! My 0.5mm Uni Jetstream has filled dozens of pages.
    Thank you for this article BG 💖✍🏻

    • June Duncan

      October 10, 2023 at 6:05 am

      June..October. 9th, 2023 10pm

      I finally bought a leather journal, and absolutely love writing in it with my fountain pen. Fountain pens and leather journals are just go together so wonderfully!

      • Anita

        October 26, 2023 at 8:46 pm

        So True – a classic way of writing..

      • Daniel

        May 4, 2024 at 1:13 am

        Great

    • Sallie

      October 11, 2023 at 12:09 pm

      For me, the biggest source of joy and motivation is the pen I use. I’m rather picky about what I write with as it makes all the difference! I love my Muji 0.38mm pens and have several different colors. While I do have a dedicated journal for writing, I also write in my calendar daily, which has large spaces every day to write.
      I love your 2 minute rule!

      • Daniel

        May 4, 2024 at 1:15 am

        More of an insight great

    • Carmen Marie Laird

      October 25, 2023 at 1:38 pm

      Love the book Atomic Habits! Great tip.

  2. Helen Dorado Alessi

    November 3, 2023 at 2:09 am

    Close your eyes, think back to a song, hum and listen intentionally to the memory that comes to your mind. Gently call to it, go deeper, follow the journey through time then pick up your favorite pen and create the scene you just saw developing. Allow the story to unfold page after page in your recently selected special journal. Take a sip from your tea or wine or seltzer with sliced orange pieces, breathe deeply at the count of 1, 2, 3, 4. in and out, in and out …

  3. Daniel

    May 4, 2024 at 1:16 am

    More of an insight astonishing

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