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How to Start a Journaling Routine

How to Start a Journaling Routine

Starting a journaling routine made it so that I had time each day dedicated to my journal! Here is how to start a journaling routine!

Remember back when you told yourself that you were going to start journaling every day? You bought all those supplies to start journaling, then never really got started or didn’t make it into a habit? Don’t be embarrassed! The same thing happened to me when I started to journal.

After many failed attempts at getting started, I learned the secret to how to make journaling a daily habit! Starting a journaling routine made it so that I had time each day dedicated to my journal, without interrupting my day! Here is how to start a journaling routine so you can finally make use of all those supplies!

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Set aside time every day for a dedicated journaling routine

If you want something to become a habit, you need to work it into your day first. Do you tend to get busy during the middle of the day? Then don’t save your journaling time for the middle of the day! If you have a lot of free time at night then that might be the best time to journal.

If you are finding that there is no good time for you, then you may need to start getting up earlier. By starting your day with journaling, you won’t skip it no matter how busy your day gets.


Set a reminder for it in your phone 

If you are forgetful, having a reminder in your phone to remind you to journal could be a good idea. This is especially important if you are going to be journaling throughout the day instead of all in one go. 

Related: 52 Journal Prompts to Get You Started (one for each week!)


Bring your journal with you everywhere you go

Despite being a busy person and having a ton of things to do each day, there are often pockets in my day where I don’t have anything to do. When I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment or waiting to pick my kids up from somewhere, I find myself with free time! Use those moments to journal!

This is why it’s important to bring your journal with you wherever you go. This way you can always journal when inspiration strikes!


Start with prompts and other helpful starting spots

Journaling prompts and questions are a great way to get into the habit of journaling because there is a reason to check back in every day. When you have a prompt it will give you guidance. When you have a question to answer, you know you need to come back each day in order to answer the next question.

If you are finding yourself without any inspiration, keep these handy for days when you need an extra push, and create a challenge for yourself to keep you motivated to journal daily.


It’s okay to go outside of writing

If you started your journal with the intention of writing, that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way! If you want to start doodling in your journal or drawing, go for it! The purpose of journaling is to create a creative outlet for yourself, even if it’s not what you originally thought it would be.


Whether you just want to get in the habit of journaling, or you are just looking to make your journaling more consistent, these tips will help you start a journaling routine.

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