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I have been journaling a long time. My first memories of journaling go back to when I was in the fourth standard. Back then I didn’t know what it was about; I just wrote what came to my mind. Some of the early journal entries were like “My sister took my Horlicks.” Yeh, I was not someone who liked to share anything back then.
Nowadays there are fancy terms about journaling, but it all allows you do to one thing, free up some space in your mind and help you get what you want. I practice Stream of consciousness journaling which is like Transcribing your thoughts as they come. I let my thoughts flow, organic and authentic without judgment and editing spellings, punctuations, grammar.
I usually write at the end of the day. I begin with what I have on my mind, things I was able to get done, things I want to get done, how I am feeling.
There are different types of journaling. Goal oriented journaling, End of the day journaling, Morning pages (as explained in the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron), Highlights/lowlights of the day. These are all based on doing two things. 1. It helps clear your head and 2. It helps reduces anxiety.
Stream of consciousness journaling is my preferred form of journaling. That’s how I figure out what I want, declutter my mind, sort through my emotions, Once I see my thoughts on paper I start to organize them. When I begin, it’s all over the place, but I as go on things start sounding coherent. To me it’s magic.
I let my thoughts flow, and I capture them on the pages and often ideas for my blog and my books.
When you get into the habit of writing down, you discover things about yourself. Like if something is bothering you about work, or your partner or your in-laws. Just dumping those feelings out on a paper gives your a relief. And once you have put down what you feel you can then use up that recently emptied space in your mind to re-evaluate the situation. Often the problem is not that big a deal. And sometimes you can figure out a constructive way to resolve whatever it is that is bothering you.
I am often asked “but how do you find the time to write every day?” To which I like to say, you make the time if you really want to do something. Try it, and if it helps you, you will find the time to journal. But you have to try first.
If you are new to this or you feel you don’t always know what to write, I have made this list of 21 journaling prompts to help you get started. You can also try The Five Minute Journal, or Thankfulness Appreciation Gratitude - My Journal which is brilliant to get you started with daily prompts.
Now it’s your turn. I want to know if you journal and if you do, what type of journaling do you practice? Leave me a comment below and let's get talking.