Daily Journaling for Beginners: How to Start a Practice and Stick With It

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  • Your morning routine
  • The things you ate
  • What you’re thinking about
  • What has been bothering you
  • The tough conversations you know you need to have
  • The good you have done in the past
  • Anything. Literally anything. Journaling is great for fostering creativity and even problem solving because you’re able to see things from different angles.
  • I need the perfect notebook. Resistance. You can pick up any piece of paper and let your thoughts flow onto the sheet. The goal isn’t to have something you can look back on (although that is beneficial). Rather, the goal is to remove your thoughts from your head and onto something else. In doing this, you will find that you have more head space to think about other things. Or think more deeply about the stuff you’ve written.
  • I am still trying to figure out which note-taking application to use. Same thing. Same type of resistance as above. I have a serious issue with the “shiny new object” syndrome. I fall prey very easily to this condition. I have Roam Research; tried Obsidian; linked Obsidian with Logseq; lifelong subscriber to Evernote; and I was bullet journaling for a few years. They all work. The consistency is primary. The medium, secondary. The process of vomiting thought onto paper is where the money is at.
  • If I miss one day, I lose my streak. If I lose my streak, I lose my motivation. And at that point, I don’t want to do this anymore. This is the most common thing that gets in people’s way. If the streak is your goal, have a backup plan. If you know that there will be days where you cannot journal for whatever reason, have a backup plan. Maybe it’s writing down your thoughts on your phone or computer, recording yourself reading them later. But, if you don’t get to it that day, then you don’t get to it that day. Nothing is lost. Perfection is not the goal.

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