Hello beautiful people! I am here today to talk about my simple and experimental journaling journey and to share with you some tips and ideas to start your journals and reap the benefits of journaling. I have experimented with several different formats, ideas, and techniques to realize that I can now stick to the 3 journals and that everyone must try these to see the benefits on their own.
First and foremost I would like to clarify that you don’t have to be good at writing for journaling. Your journal is your safe place, you can make spelling mistakes and make grammar mistakes and write in a mix of 2-3 languages, be creative, be angry, be sad, be real, be open, be authentic, be what you are feeling and more importantly be what you wanna be with your journal.
Jim Rohn says, “If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal.”
Tim Ferriss calls journaling the de-loading phase in life. He explains, “I use it as a tool to clarify my thinking and goals”.
Journaling in its very simple form involves the practice of keeping a diary that explores your thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life. That also explores how you want your life to be. When I started journaling I did it just like that, picked up a paper one day when I was too anxious and just started writing down anything and everything that came to my mind. The thing is I didn’t realize then that this is going to be a part of life and I am going to enjoy doing this (also I read later that Journaling has proven medical benefits as well).
After doing that a few times at long intervals, I one day decided to try some online sites and apps so I could be more consistent with my writing and do it from anywhere. But that just didn’t work for me, I didn’t feel as excited, calm, centered, quiet while typing stuff on my phone as I felt when I actually picked up a pen and paper, sat in a corner and jotted down my thoughts. So by this time, 2 things were clear to me one that I feel good after the occasional writing outburst and two that it has to be writing and not typing.
Now was the time when I got a diary dedicated to journaling which I found out soon was a mix of three different kinds of formats that I was repeating. I soon segregated to three different diaries for them. Now before I jump onto the details let me tell you I am still not consistent with my journaling, I don’t write in all three of them every day. I am working on the consistency bit but then yes I have 3 diaries on my desk that I am very happy about and that are truly lifesavers.
There are so many books I have read and people I have heard talking about the benefits of daily gratitude practice. So whenever I feel low I try that out and while I do that I also add my recollection of events that happened that made me anxious and how could I have made that situation better. I have done it so many times now that I have a standard format for my Gratitude Journal where I write gratitude every morning along with the things that I want to achieve and every night I reflect on the day that passed and jot down the good as well as bad to improve on.
One example from my Gratitude Journal verbatim:
One thing I learned today: Every dark moment passes away. Its about how graceful you are in your darkest times that makes your journey worth remembering. Never respond back to anyone, anywhere, anytime when you are angry. Just have faith and patience, they are anyways your strong suites! 😉
Brain Dump Journal:
So this diary I touch when I feel that I am getting too damn overwhelmed with everything that’s going on around me at the moment. When there are 100 thoughts coming and going in my head and I don’t understand what to make out of it all. It could be stress, it could be anxiety, it could be loneliness whatever! What I do is just take out this diary put on the date and start writing and keep writing everything that I am thinking, from buying something to wanting to go somewhere to any emotions, likes, dislikes, plans, regrets just EVERYTHING! And keep doing it till there are no more thoughts coming in your head that you haven’t noted down and your mind is totally empty. Its called brain dump for a reason after all! And then you take out the bits that you want to plan or do something about and move them to the next Journal. I have also done Brain Dumps on this blog occasionally when they were sane enough or reflective enough! 😛
So this is the latest addition and the one I am having the most fun with right now. All my planning, goals, monthly charts, weekly todos, daily logs etc. go in here and I am finding the whole method and idea of using Bullet Journaling for your day to day planning and goals achievement very very useful. I have further segregated it to two, one is my primary BuJo (Bullet Journal) which has all my shoot plans, travel plans, office work, personal work etc. and the other is my blog/vlog BuJo (might combine the two next time for more efficiency). You can checkout Ryders videos to understand the system in more detail or also catch his book, The Bullet Journal Method.
Well, that’s about it from me guys if you try out any of these Journals for yourself do let me know in the comments below or also if you are already into journaling and have some tips that might benefit us all! I would now close this with just 2 simple things to keep in mind when you start Journaling:
1. Keep it simple
2. Keep it real
See you soon in the next one guys. Have a great week ahead!