The Complete Guide of How to Start Journaling
Learn about the Power of Journaling: the benefits of journaling, how to start journaling, all the different ways to journal, and more...
Here's The Complete Guide to How to Start Journaling:1. What is Journaling?
2. The Benefits of Journaling
3. Why Journaling is Important
4. Famous People and Historical figures who journaled
5. Journaling Ideas
6. Spiritual Journaling - The Woo side of Journaling
7. How to Start Journaling
8. Journaling Tips
9. Journaling Prompts
10. Types of Journals
11. Journaling Books
12. Studies on Journaling
Journaling is the art of writing down your thoughts, feelings, ideas, dreams, and more to gain clarity, explore the Self, connect with Source, and achieve your dreams!
It's an easy way to tap into your feelings, raise your vibrations, get aligned, inspired, and motivated!
Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. - Maud Purcell
I write in a journal daily. This extraordinary ritual has revolutionised my mindset, transformed my heartset and generally influenced my life exponentially. - Robin Sharma
S P I R I T U A L :
* Increase your happiness level
* Be more grateful
* Boost mindfulness
* Align to the positive energies (we default to the negative)
* Connect to your Higher-Self
* Connect with Source, spirit guides, and angels
* Get out of your head and into your heart
* Tap into your intuition
* Explore your spiritual side
* Raise your vibrational frequency
S U C C E S S :
* Align with success to manifest faster
* Achieve goals faster
* Clarify your dreams and goals
* Dream bigger
* Solve problems faster
* Find the lesson from mistakes and "failures" faster
* Brainstorm faster
* Be more creative
* Flush out new ideas
P E R S O N A L :
* Process emotions faster
* Heal faster
* Personal growth
* Build self-confidence and self-esteem
* Increase self-awareness
* Gain clarity
* Work through any fears, doubts, and anxiety
* Lower your stress levels
* Strengthen your immune system
* Reflect on your day, week, month or year
* Record memories
3. Why Journaling is Important (a deeper dive)
YOU CAN CONNECT WITH YOURSELF ON A MUCH DEEPER LEVEL
• You're more in tune with your thoughts, feelings, and desires.
• You can get out of your head and connect to your heart easier - connecting to the heart, which is the energy of love, is a very powerful, high-vibe frequency!
• You become more aware of who you are and what you want out of life - clarity is the name of the game.
YOU CAN SHIFT YOUR ENERGY AND RAISE YOUR VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY
• When you align with positive energies you raise your vibrational frequency and that makes it easier to manifest.
• You're a happier person when you're living in these good vibes so you can attract even more positive energy to you!
• You're available to more information when you're in the higher frequencies.
YOU CAN TAP INTO YOUR INTUITION EASIER
• You can begin to tap into your intuition when you allow yourself to let go and be open to whatever comes up - and that's when it gets really interesting! (Create an avenue to connect with your Higher-Self.)
• You can connect with Source Energy, your angels, and spirit guides too. (When you're open and available it's much easier for higher energies to reach you!)
• You're available to more ideas and creative solutions.
I’ve often wondered if it was only me writing or if I’ve tapped into something bigger - whatever the answer, I’m glad I found a way in. - Denise Beaulieu
YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS FASTER
• Journaling helps you to become clear on your dreams and goals. It enables you to gain clarity on exactly what you want and why - which is paramount to success.
• And when you have clarity, the Universe can jump in and assist you!
When you know what you want, the Universe can get to work for you.
• If you tap into your why and fully align with your true desires, you can begin to feel some passion and excitement - and that's fuel for manifesting!
• You can also use a journal to track your habits and start looking for patterns.
If you're not getting the results you want then start tracking your actions:
What you measure you can manage - Peter Drucker
When you track your actions you see what's going on, which also means how you're actually thinking on a subconscious level.
(Action always follows thought.)
Only then you can make the necessary changes, but until you track what's going on, you're still in the dark.
• You should also journal on your mistakes and "failures" - figure out what went wrong and why so you can get the lesson and move on!
YOUR PERSONAL GROWTH SKYROCKETS
• You can build up your self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence.
• You can process your fears, doubts, and worries and start working through them.
I write not in order to be understood, I write to understand. - C. Day-Lewis
• It’s easier to process your thoughts and feelings in a journal - when you write you by-pass the thinking mind which makes it easier to tap into your emotions and feelings.
Get it out by writing it out - reveal and heal
"Writing accesses the left hemisphere of the brain, which is analytical and rational... While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to do what it does best, i.e. create, intuit and feel.
In this way, writing removes mental blocks and allows us to use more of our brainpower to better understand ourselves and the world around us." - Maud Purcell, a psychotherapist
When you get everything out of your head and on to the page you gain so much clarity and understanding.
You'll be amazed at what flows out of the pen!
I don’t journal to ‘be productive.’ I don’t do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found. - Tim Ferriss
YOU CAN BE MORE CREATIVE
• A journal is a safe place to organize all your ideas - and in any form you might want!
• Journaling is also a gateway for creative ideas; it allows for even more awesome ideas to come through - not to mention the muses!
There are countless stories from those who have written books, songs and more where they felt as if they were a vessel or a vehicle for the information to come through - that they were almost channeling something and it just poured out onto the page.
IT'S THE FASTEST (AND EASIEST WAY) TO ACCESS YOUR OWN MIND
• It helps you to bypass the thinking mind and go directly to your unconscious or subconscious mind.
• Your subconscious is always on and paying attention - so you can use journaling to prime your brain and focus on what you want - which also helps you achieve your goals faster!
Once your subconscious mind accepts your goals as commands from your conscious mind, it will start to make all your words and actions fit a pattern consistent with these goals.
Your subconscious mind will start attracting people and circumstances into your life that can help you to achieve your goals. - Brian Tracy
• Journaling can also help you with mindfulness - you can start being fully present in your day to day life.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Marco Polo, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin,
Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill,
Lewis and Clark, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Ernest Hemingway, Louisa May Alcott,
Oscar Wilde, the 19th-century playwright, said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”
Albert Einstein kept a diary of his travels to the United States - November 1930 to June 1931.
Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Sylvia Plath, Anais Nin, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry David Thoreau, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Jack Kerouac,
Maya Angelou, and many, many, more ...
Marie Curie's notebooks are so radioactive that they must be kept in lead-lined boxes. (Photo: Wellcome Trust)
There are many different ways to journal, but here are just a few of the journaling ideas you can use:
Stream-of-Consciousness: You can just start writing and see where it takes you - not only is this fun to do but it's also great to do if something's bothering you.
(Sometimes, you don’t even know that something's bothering you until you start writing.)
Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist's Way, has what she calls, "Morning Pages. These are three pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing that you do every morning.
She says "you can write about anything and everything that crosses your mind - provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand."
Journaling Prompts: Use questions to help you ease into writing.
Journaling for a Specific Intention: Use a gratitude journal to get in touch with those high-vibe feelings or a success journal for your goals and dreams.
Be creative with Visual Journaling: Sketch, doodle, draw, create lists - whatever you want to do - express yourself creatively!
Remember Memories: Reflect on your life and later relive those awesome memories over and over again in detail - especially since our memories tend to fade and we change the memory as the years go by!
(Check out this article on memory: Why you may not be able to trust your own memories. )
Document Events: In case you might want to remember exactly what happened on a certain night, or day, in question - just grab your journal and document it all!
It’s an invaluable aid when it comes to winning arguments.
'That’s not what you said on February 3, 1996,' I’ll say to someone." — David Sedaris
Spiritual Journals or Devotional Journals: This can be a form of prayer, insights, etc.
- You can use this type of journal in a meditative prayer state or if you're summoned to write something - from guides, angels, etc. (which is also called automatic writing )
Meditation: Use before, during, or after meditation.
- You can record your experiences, thoughts, and any other new ideas that come up - not to mention messages! (You can connect with Source, your guides, and angels too so you should definitely have a journal nearby.)
Dream Journals: Keep a journal of your dreams and venture into your subconscious to see what's happening on a deeper level.
Manifesting Journal: Since your subconscious is always on and paying attention, you can use journaling to help you manifest.
- You can and should write out your goals, dreams, and anything else you want to manifest in a journal.
- You can write them in list form but you should also elaborate on them for clarity, and more importantly so that you can feel those awesome energies now! (Feeling is the key to manifesting.)
Journaling helps you ALIGN YOUR FEELINGS TO SUCCESS and amplify your results =
10x Manifesting Power!
Shift Journals: This is where you can shift any negative beliefs and thoughts to the positive.
- When you're aware of a disempowering thought or feeling you can override it by writing it out and aligning with an empowering thought instead.
- Every time a negative thought comes up you can do a kind of mental change-up! by interrupting it and consciously rewiring your brain.
(You can jump-start the entire process and write out all your beliefs and create all positive empowering beliefs instead and then be on the lookout for those old beliefs to creep up!)
Mindfulness Journaling: Here you can bring yourself fully into the present by writing what's happening with you now, how you're thinking and feeling right now - fully connecting with yourself in each moment.
1. Decide what type of journaling you'd like to try - if you're unsure just move to #2.
2. Find a journal or notebook that you really like or that inspires you.
(One that has an inspirational quote or cool design you love.)
I suggest using an actual journal and pen since it’s the best way to bypass the thinking mind!
I find that most of my patients intuitively know that hand-writing their thoughts in a journal is more effective than composing them on a laptop. - Maud Purcell
We tend to edit as we type, which is not great for journaling as Tara-Nicholle Nelson explains:
"Your brain does not work in flow mode and edit mode at the same time, so if you’re trying to make the writing good or to edit it as you put it on the page, you will be pinching off the flow at the same time."
3. Pick a time that you think will work best for you to journal.
Morning is great for starting your day off right and in high-vibes, but the evening can help you process your day and set you up for tomorrow.
4. Find a good-vibe place to journal - pick an inviting space where you can relax, enjoy journaling and really let yourself go.
5. No editing yourself - be open and allow yourself to write, doodle or whatever you feel like.
Let your mind take you on a journey because that’s when it's fun and you're able to come up with great ideas or learn something!
6. Review your Journal weekly or monthly. It's best to check back in and see where you're at, how things actually went, or remind yourself of what you want to be working on etc.
(You may surprise yourself too with your insights and hunches!)
- Don’t worry about spelling and punctuation - just write!
- Use pen and paper - let your heart speak to you.
- Always try some free writing and see where it takes you.
- Create a ritual - light a candle, incense, have a favorite pen and a place that you like to write.
- Journal in the morning when it's quiet and you're in the perfect state since the energy of the day has yet to set in.
- Journal before bed and let everything go into the journal.
- Start with a meditation or prayer to get you centered and connected.
- Relax into journaling - let it lead you.
- Use a pen that you really love writing with. (You could switch off using different colors too as I do.)
- Think of journaling as a form of meditation.
- Keep your journal where you can see it - get used to picking it up and jotting things down.
- Have a small journal in your purse for any thoughts or ideas that pop up.
- Journal for success - it helps you drill down on what you want and access Universal energies too!
- Enjoy it - there are no rules - so do whatever makes it fun!
Prompts are great for getting aligned, inspired, and motivated!
GRATITUDE and JOY PROMPTS:
Start your day with positive energy:
- What are 3-5 things you're grateful for?
- What are you grateful for today?
- What is something that has happened recently that you're grateful for?
- What makes you really happy?
- What do you love right now?
- What inspires you?
- What are you looking forward to?
- Who could you do something special for today?
PERSONAL GROWTH PROMPTS:
- What are 5-10 things you're good at?
- What is something you would like to be better at?
- What is something you would love to learn?
- What one thing would you do differently if you had the chance and why?
- What makes you really happy?
- Is there a way to do more of that?
- What one habit would you love to add or get rid of?
- What's one new habit you could add to help you change that bad habit?
- How do you feel most days?
- What one thing could you do to make each day even better?
- When do you feel most alive?
- What would make you love life right now?
When you wake up, before you are fully awake, relax and gently ask yourself the most important questions of your life, gently without arousing yourself.
The answers will come to you in amazing ways, in ways that they never do during the rest of the day. - David Cameron Gikandi
JOURNAL FOR SUCCESS PROMPTS:
Pick any of these to start your day:
- List 10 goals you have for the year - state them in present - do daily to reaffirm your goals and get the subconscious working.
- Describe in detail what you want to achieve - it's the feeling you're after for manifesting!
- Write out your intentions for the day.
- Who do you admire and what are some of their habits?
- If you had to change one thing about yourself to get to the next level what would it be?
- How do you handle failure? How can you separate yourself from the results?
- What recently failed and what could you do better or differently next time?
- Write down three to five wins from last week.
Writing in a journal each day, with a structured, strategic process allows you to direct your focus to what you did accomplish, what you’re grateful for, and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow.
Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day, feel good about any forward progress you made, and use a heightened level of clarity to accelerate your results. - Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning
More Journaling Prompts:
30 Journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery from Psychology blog.
25 Journal prompts to motivate you from Forbes
Pinterest prompts - check out here
- Writing journal - blank or lined journal
- Bullet journal or dot journal
- Grid journal
- Inspirational journal with quotes or words
- Journal with prompts - with questions
- Drawing journal or sketch notebook
- Small pocket journal - for your purse or pocket
- Journal notebook - this is what I call it anyway. It's a large spiral notebook that I use for notes and journaling - like below.
Success Journal or Goals Journal
Spiritual Journal or Prayer Journal
Journaling for anxiety or depression
Journal for therapy
Art Journal or Sketch Journal
Garden Journal or Nature Journal
As you can see you can pretty much journal on anything and everything these days!
If you like to keep all your thoughts, ideas, and notes organized as I do, then try my new notebooks and journals with an index and numbered pages:
• The power of writing down your dreams and goals - Huff Post
• The study on achieving goals from Dr. Gail Matthews
• Why gratitude is so powerful: The grateful brain - the neuroscience of giving thanks
• Positive Psychology: The 83 Benefits of Journaling for depression, anxiety, and stress
• From Scientific American: Writing Can Help Injuries Heal Faster
Julia Cameron's Morning Pages and more on creativity with journaling.
How to keep a spiritual journal like the saints did from the Daughters of Saint Paul
Journals and notebooks with numbered pages so you can find those important notes and ideas later!
Journaling is good for you in so many ways - you'll just have to start journaling to find out!
What kind of journaling would you like to start doing?
Leave a comment below and let me know!