How To Build A Daily Journaling Routine (With The Iternal App)
Making anything part of your daily routine can be challenging. Getting into the habit, keeping consistent and patiently waiting for the rewards takes dedication – starting your daily journaling routine is no different.
Luckily for you, we’re here to help you on your journey; a journey that’s just become a whole lot easier with the Iternal app for Android and iOS! So let’s take a look at the steps you can take to build the habit of journaling into your daily routine and reap those benefits.
Know What You Want To Achieve
It’s important when you set out on your daily journaling adventure to be aware of what you want to achieve from the process.
It might be that you want to alleviate your mind of certain thoughts; you might want to better understand the issues you’re facing in your day-to-day life.
You might just want to count your blessings and assure yourself of the good in your life. By considering the following routine, you could achieve all of that and more.
Choose The Right Time Of Day
In her book ‘The Artists Way: Moring Pages Journal’, author Julia Cameron recommends a no bars held, unstructured, stream-of-consciousness approach to daily journaling. Cameron suggests writing three pages of longform thought; any and everything that comes to your head, write it down.
While this approach can work, it may be easier for some than others to regurgitate free forming thoughts for three whole pages. You might find that speaking is easier than writing, in which case you can utilise Iternal’s audio recording feature. If pure stream-of-consciousness isn’t for you, consider something like the following.
The Brain Dump:
As the title suggests, this is the part where you can let go of any and all thoughts in your head. It doesn’t have to make sense, so don’t hold yourself back! Achievements; concerns; ideas and even dreams could fill this section.
Three Things That Went Well Yesterday:
It’s important to highlight the positives in your life; even if things don’t feel like they’re going your way. Think of at least three achievements or things that went well for you yesterday and get them down.
Three Things That Could Have Gone Better Yesterday:
This doesn’t necessarily mean failures, just things that could have resulted with a better outcome. Did you ignore a task you had to do? Did you recognise an opportunity when it was too late to act on it? Maybe you’re struggling with a personal or work project; think along these lines.
Show Some Gratitude:
After getting down some things are going well and some things could be better, try showing some gratitude for aspects of your current situation. Aim for three things, but more or less isn’t an issue; it’s about re-affirming the positive aspects in your life. Try and get real specific though; it may take some time but you don’t want to repeat yourself everyday.
Things To Focus On:
As we come to the end of the routine, look towards your upcoming day. Draw on what you’ve already recorded and get down all of the things that require your attention in the next 24 hours. Consider previous goals and whether you achieved them or not, and what might need to be done to succeed in your endeavours.
Who Needs a Journal?
Journaling is a very personal process; there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. What I’ve laid out here is one of many variations you could pursue.
You may find you find your own way to journal, and with the Iternal app, you don’t have to worry about pens or paper; or even writing for that matter. Download the app here for free and begin your Iternal journey.
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