A Guide on Starting a Personal Journal

Journal writing is therapeutic for many people. They get to explore their thoughts and feelings by writing them into a journal. The reason for writing all of the personal things in a journal is to keep it private and not to share it with anyone else. Many people start their own journal as they don’t want to get judged by people as they share their thoughts. Hence, you will find a lot of people who prefer writing personal journals rather than sharing their thoughts with any person. 

Journal writing also allows you to identify and keep track of your goals, dreams, or aims. You get to express different things such as on what path you are going, what’s your purpose and how you are progressing in your life. Writing these things helps in knowing yourself better and also reminiscing some old moments in the future.

In case you want to start your own journal, here’s a guide that can help you with it.

1. Choose your favourite journal:

The first thing you should do is to buy or prepare a new journal. You can either create it by yourself or purchase a new book. You can keep it simple or decorate it as per your choice. Make sure that you don’t opt for cheap notebooks with low-quality pages. You will be using this journal to write your personal thoughts, so make sure you keep it attractive and fresh. You should feel like keeping it close to your heart and making it your best friend.

If you wish to make it more engaging, then put up some stickers of your favourite movies or characters. You can also lace up the borders or keep it simple as you like.

2. Make some commitments:

While writing journal entries, you don’t have to follow any rules. But, you should make some commitments before you start writing your thoughts or feelings. This is to ensure that you don’t go off the track and lose the value of your journal writing. Before you start to write anything in your personal journal, note down the purpose or ‘why’ behind starting this journal.

You can start by asking yourself three basic questions on the first page of your journal.

1. Why do you want to write this journal?

2. What do you expect from your journal writing process?

3. What are your dreams or goals that you want to achieve through this journal?

The purpose of this journal will keep you committed toward writing it daily or as per your schedule.

4. Start with your journal writing:

The best part of writing journal entries is that you are free to write whatever you want without any restrictions or boundaries. You can pick up a layout, doodle some small things, sketch a bit, and then express yourself as much as you can. Putting date while writing the journal is necessary as you get to revisit them as the time passes. Write about how was your day, whom did you met, what you felt while talking to someone, and many more things.

Day by day, you will be able to learn your thought process. You can analyze your nature and determine what you have learned so far. Sometimes, you can start by listing out your small-term goals and follow all the steps you need to fulfil them. Add poetries, turn your thoughts into drawing, do whatever you feel but don’t stop the flow. While writing the journal, your personal narrative should be more important than any other thing in the world.

5. Plan a schedule:

It is necessary to plan a certain amount of time to write the journal. Find the time where you can get your own acquaintance without getting distracted by another person. You can decide to write it early in the morning or before you go to sleep. Decide on how much time you need to spend with your journal, be it 15 minutes or half an hour, you should make sure to do the best out of it.

Sometimes people feel that their life is not much happening and they don’t have enough things to write about in their personal journal. If this is the situation, you can keep a slot of 2 -3 days and plan it accordingly.

6. Go with the flow of writing:

At times, it could be tough to write what you feel. That’s because you will run out of words or would lack the connection between the sentences you write. But don’t let this stop you from writing. You should go with the flow. If you still face the issues, think for a while that what did you felt and what thoughts are going on in your mind. Once your mind gets filled with the thoughts and feelings, pour them onto the paper. Your personal journal is all about yourself, so don’t let any other person’s thoughts stop you from opening your own thoughts.

Also, don’t worry about the handwriting as no one will give you a prize for that. You have to be yourself while writing, and if you think about its appearance, you will lose the writing flow.

7. Security and Privacy:

If you don’t want to tell anyone that you have a personal journal, consider keeping it private and don’t let anyone know a bit about it. Don’t tell anyone that you write your thoughts and keep people away from your personal things. You can keep your journal in a locker while going out or in your bag. Even if someone gets to know about your journal and they ask you to share it with them, confront them and tell that it is not meant for sharing with anyone.

You will realize that there are many good and positive effects of keeping a journal. You just need to give it a chance, challenge yourself, and start pouring your thoughts into words. We feel that this article helps you in starting your first journal or the one that was left behind due to any reasons.