How To Start Journaling If You’re Not A Writer
- Pick your journaling tool of choice. Some people use a simple lined notebook, Some people like a preformatted journal with sections for different entries; and some people prefer to type their journal into a document or even a blog.
It doesn’t really matter which method you prefer, what matters is that you start writing.
- Pick a topic to write about, You might have something that’s troubling you and writing down your perception of the issue and how you feel about it can be very cathartic. You may wish to record something such as a special moment, a specific place that you visited.
If you can’t think of a topic, consider using a journaling Prompt to get you started. For example…
Some people keep a food journal, some people like to write about their travels. It’s entirely up to you to choose.
- Set a timer for twenty-five minutes. This is based on the Pomodoro technique. This technique has proven to be an effective way of “chunking” tasks into small periods of around 30 minutes.
The process involves working, without break or interruption, for a period of 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break.
You then repeat the process until you complete the task or get to the end of your allocated work period
- While writing, don’t stop to edit yourself or edit for punctuation.
I have to admit that I used to be guilty of this and it really slowed down my writing.
Journal writing is about getting your thoughts down on paper. Just writing without judgement. So it’s important to suspend judgement and just let your writing flow.
- When the timer sounds, re-read your entry and tidy it up.
It’s worth remembering that your journal is for just you. Most people’s journals are private and not for publication. So, it doesn’t really matter if there are any minor errors. Just as long as you can understand it when you re-read it.
If you must go back and edit it, do it at the end of your journaling session rather than stopping to fix things as you write.
Writing this blog post took me around twenty minutes and, because I use Grammarly, I was able to edit it very easily within about 3 minutes. So, I’m going to practice what I preach and go for a five-minute break.
Please do try this approach and then come back and post your results in the comments section below.