“I wanna try journaling 📓How and why do you do it?” a friend asked
So I replied—
I’ll tell you my usual way of journaling.
I journal when I have a lot going on in my head 💭
Journaling is my way of pausing repetitive thoughts (why? because repetitive thoughts tire me out) 🙇🏻♀️
Journaling is my way of trying to understand why I’ve been having those thoughts and what they really mean.
For instance, this past week, I’ve been having a lot of thoughts about my blog. I’m constantly thinking about how I‘m failing to make enough time for my blog every day, how I haven’t been focusing on creating more content regularly, how I haven’t fixed those technical issues on site and more.
It’s difficult to keep up. I’ve been working from home; creating a lot of content for work, managing a team and multitasking all day. But my conscience doesn’t take all of that into consideration. And I know that. I’m in the middle of a task and these thoughts emerge. I don’t know how to react to them + I’m too busy with work, meetings and deadlines. So, instead of paying attention to them or even making an effort to work on my site, I simply ignore them.
Since I realise that it has been happening a lot lately, instead of ignoring those thoughts, I pause and promise myself that I’ll dedicate some time to acknowledge them once I’m done with my work related tasks.
That one simple gesture relieves me.
After winding up work on a Friday evening, I quickly make a mental note to journal about those thoughts the next morning.
So here’s how the Saturday morning goes —
I sit down and make a note of every recurring thought and try to make a plan. This is my attempt at understanding my priorities outside work and to actually make them a part of my routine (why? because they matter so much to me).
Since I’ve been doing this for a long time (almost 2 years), understanding my thoughts and prioritising things has become quick and easy. I journal for 20-30 mins in such situations.
Besides that, I’ll write down some ideas that I want to implement, some habits I want to work on, some skills I would like to acquire and set small goals that I’d have fun accomplishing throughout the week.
Journaling allows me to dream new dreams.
Slowly and steadily, it allows me to make them a reality.
By doing this, I set my mind free.
And on weekdays, I can now quickly go through those little notes I made and try to spend some time working on them after I get off work.
Because honestly, making time for what matters is a stress buster for me.
I’m restless when I don’t make time for what matters to me—my blog, the unfathomed ❤️
Journaling is basically trying to make sense of the mess inside your head.
If it is your first time, you can randomly write everything, all your thoughts, in your journal. Then take a fresh page and try to put them in order. That’ll help.
This was my journaling approach for being productive and avoiding stress during work time because that’s the phase I’m in right now.
You can journal for various reasons; to make sense of your emotions, to evaluate your work life, to understand yourself or a loved one, to unwind or even to just vent out and feel better.
The purpose of journaling could be anything.
Journaling is making time for yourself.
Journaling is having a conversation with yourself.
I hope this helped.
Do you journal? 💛
Do you wanna get started?
If yes, here are some journaling prompts for you —
1. What is going well in my life right now?
2. What area of my life needs a little more care and attention from me?
3. What fears do I have? What is holding me back? What feelings am I ignoring?
4. What are the things I need to forgive myself for?
5. What is it that I am scared to admit out loud?
6. Where does my dream life look like?
If you need more prompts, I’m here 💜
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