How to make journaling work with a hectic work schedule

Finding time every day to keep a journal can be a challenge, but with a few tips and tricks to help you, you’ll soon be on your way to making your diary an integrated part of every day. The benefits of journaling are many, from increasing your mental energy to helping ease your daily stresses. Let’s look at the ways you can make daily journaling a part of your lifestyle.

Set a time aside for journaling

Set your alarm just five minutes earlier than usual and make a note to remind yourself you need to write in your journal. You don’t have to do this in the morning, although it certainly helps before all the usual worries and concerns get in the way.

Buy yourself a nice journal

Take some time to go shopping and pick out a beautiful journal for yourself. You could start writing some notes on your phone, but it won’t have the same effect at making you stick to it and make a habit. Once you’ve spent some of your hard-earned cash on a beautiful journal that you just can’t keep your hands off, you’ll be itching to wake up the next morning and write down what you think.

Lose the structure

We’re obviously not talking about the structure of your routine, but rather the structure of your writing. You’re keeping a personal journal, not writing a best-selling novel, so it’s important to remember that there are no pressures on you other than any you impose on yourself. You can write nonsense, you can write poetry, you can write all your negative inner feelings, and nobody will judge you or criticize your writing style.

Set yourself a goal in your thinking

A good way to keep something up is by setting yourself a goal and holding yourself accountable. Accountability could be to yourself, to a friend or to your entire social media following. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to show them your journal, but it could mean that you’ll announce when you’ve reached 100 pages. Buying yourself a journal with individual pages for dates can help you to keep on track.

Find inspiration in your writing and journaling

The more you write, the more you’ll notice yourself looking at things around you and trying to find some inspiration. Being able to observe the world around you is a great quality, and you’ll find huge amounts of inspiration from nature, other people and even yourself once you start noticing.