How to start a daily journaling habit

Starting anything new requires dedication, commitment and a bit of forward planning-otherwise we will make any number of excuses not to do it let alone stick to it!

Starting anything new requires dedication, commitment and a bit of forward planning-otherwise we will make any number of excuses not to do it let alone stick to it!

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Before you go any further on this exciting journey of self discovery and self improvement, I urge you to pause and see if you can answer these questions:

•           Are you ready to change your current life and move towards something new and exciting?

•           Are you ready to take responsibility for setting your goals?

•           Do you know if you don’t take action then nothing will change?

•           Do you want to move from talking about your plans to actively taking the steps to pursue them?

•           Are you ready to put yourself high on your priority and values list?

•           Are you committed to living a more purposeful life?

If you answered “yes” these questions, then you’re ready to start achieving your goals-I am thrilled that you are here and best of luck! 

DAILY WRITING INSTRUCTIONS

To get the most out of a daily writing habit, it is important that you

Commit to writing for 10 minutes each day for the next 21 days.

Every day you should write down in detail the following:

1.Your thoughts and feelings about what your life is like now and what you would like to change and why. 

2.Your ideas and any fears you may have about midlife and what the future holds.

3. All you are grateful for THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR LIFE 

Creative processes have been proven to be very valuable and effective at helping us to reach our goals-wherever we are in our lives and whatever we are facing. In his book ‘Opening Up By Writing It Down,’ James Pennebaker-the originator of expressive writing- looks at how writing in this way improves health and eases emotional pain. He says that writing can clear the mind, help with problem solving and enable us to take on new information.Writing plans down on paper helps to keep us motivated and creates a definite plan to stick to. You will achieve greater success if you start using your journal now to help you plan your goal setting and record your thoughts, feelings and any obstacles that may come along.

For this process to work and bring you the maximum benefits, it is important to spend some time preparing yourself mentally and physically and emotionally before you start. Having a peaceful, calm and uncluttered creative clearing that you can use every day as you write in your journal is crucial. In an ideal world you need a space that can be easily kept clear of clutter, has good natural light, is airy and spacious and peaceful and quiet. Of course, I readily acknowledge that we are not all lucky enough to have a Shepherds Hut at the bottom of the garden or a bespoke romany caravan parked in an orchard where we can squirrel ourselves way and let our creative juices flow without risk of any interruptions! However, for this process to be truly effective, a creative clearing or space is vital.

Preparation for anything new is key to making the most of it and getting the maximum benefits. There are certain things that you will need before you begin the process:

Check out this shopping list for all the things you need to gather together:

  • A new hardbacked quality journal. Ideally with acid free pages that are blank. It should be hardbacked because this journal is going to get a LOT of use and needs to be tough! Blank pages are good because it means your creativity can flow effortlessly. Make sure you LOVE it. Spend time choosing one, hold it in your hand, smell the paper, feel the cover. You are holding the next chapters of your life right there in your hand. The potential that the journal holds is MASSIVE! IT’S EXCITING!
  • A supply of smaller, lightweight, soft-backed notebooks. These are useful for keeping in your bag/car to make notes throughout the day that you can then transfer to your journal later.
  • A supply of good pens and pencils. You should choose a good pen as your journaling pen and keep it for that purpose. It is worth investing in a decent one. Try a few out before you buy one because it is really important that your primary pen is comfortable to hold and weighted properly. Again-it will be getting a lot of use and will become your new best friend!
  • A selection of other pens and pencils for notetaking.
  • A pencil case-ideally something sophisticated, grown up and good quality.
  • A place in your home that you can allocate as a writing space. 
  • And finally….you will need an open, positive mindset and the determination to make change and write your way to a new life. You have already read this far so I think it’s fair to say:

YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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