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How to keep a journal

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10:00 AM | 23 January 2017
by Saadia Osman
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Can't keep up your journaling? Here are eight things to help you keep it up:


FIGURE OUT A WINNING FORMULA

Look back at your entries and think about when you write best. It might be when you’re in a specific mood when you’re alone or maybe just when your schedule is less busy. Once you understand how and when you write best, it will be much easier to get it done.

"Understand how and when you write best."


RETHINK YOUR WRITING SCHEDULE

Most people stop journaling because they feel like it's a burden. You can combat this by splitting your entries into sections of the day, so when you begin an entry don’t feel obliged to finish it in one sitting.


TRY A DIFFERENT METHOD

A bullet journal is a new analogue logging system for journaling, or in other words a glorified to-do list. It's extremely productive once you get the hang of it and you can customise it to suit your preferences. A stream of consciousness is another method, which means writing as the thought comes to mind, this is ideal for those well-needed vents.


USE APPS

Using an app for journaling can reduce time spent on other distractions on your mobile or desktop - like the cat video your friend just sent you.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF

There are plenty of journaling challenges and prompts online for you to choose from. Completing a challenge is a great way to develop the habit and allows you to explore various topics and styles in a compact period of time for you to decide on which you like afterwards.

"Completing a challenge is a great way to develop the habit."


USE SONG LYRICS OR QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOUR WRITING

This can help focus your writing more and can also be great for reflecting and looking back, as your entries will be organised by quotes.


TURN OFF AUTOCORRECT

Stop correcting your spelling and grammar, a journal should make sense to you and you only. Correcting mistakes wastes time and can distract you from your line of thought.

"Correcting mistakes can distract you from your line of thought."


USE AN UNLINED JOURNAL

An unlined journal can be better for letting your writing run free, quite literally. Blank paper is also useful if you want to sketch or even draw diagrams.

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