I often share the benefits of journaling in my coaching practice. Often this is met with a blank stare. When I question the stare, many state that they know what it is but are not sure how to do this journaling thing. Sadly, many then avoid an activity that can have a profound influence on thinking, processing of events, thoughts, feelings and experiences. Most people I have discovered do not know how to do it. Often citing reasons and excuses such as how do I do this? My question to them is “Can you write?” Yes! Well then, write. There is no set script, no formulae, no right or wrong. Journaling is all about you! It is what you want to write about and often when we start writing and we just go with the flow and see where it goes.
My experience has been that it often helps to set a specific time aside in the day. For me I prefer the last hour before I end my day. Others have shared that early mornings work best. Again, do what works best for you in your particular circumstances.
What do you write about? That is your choice. Often I ask myself a question that is stuck in my head. I cannot seem to get to an answer, and then I write about it. The fun part, you don’t have to be concerned about what you write, how you write, does it make sense, none of this matters, because this is all about you and nobody else. Some people draw flowcharts, use colours, paste in tickets of shows attended, postcards, photo’s, others just write.
As you start the process, you develop it, you tweak it, and you do what works for you. I may spend an entire session just writing about what worked well today and what I did to make that happen? What can I do differently tomorrow considering what happened today? Journaling is that awesome opportunity to write about yourself on a level that you feel allows your self- awareness to start growing. I have to mention that if I skip a day, I have no guilt, however I find the process so encouraging and motivating for me that I cannot wait to get back to my journal. It is like having a chat to a beautiful friend who is there to help you become the best version of yourself.
Journaling is what you make it out to be – What is your intention when you start journaling?