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How To Make Journaling A Habit (+ 25 Journal Prompts for Inspiration!)

Want to make journaling a habit but don’t know where to start? In this post, you’ll get 5 tips for creating a journaling routine, plus an endless supply of prompts and journaling tips to inspire you!

I’ve kept a journal for as long as I can remember. Back in the day, I spent my time writing about boys who didn’t like me and girls I was jealous of. If only I could read through those old journal entries, I’d be giggling at how naive and trivial my concerns were then.

The truth is that writing has always been my therapy. Whenever I need to get something off my chest, I open up a blank page and let the words flow out.

Want to make journaling a habit but don’t know where to start? In this post, you’ll get 5 tips for creating a journaling routine, plus an endless supply of prompts and journaling tips to inspire you!

Of course, there are times when journaling feels like a chore. Sometimes I have nothing to write, so why should I bother? (Here’s why you should, by the way).

Over the years, I’ve learned that journaling works best when you make it a habit (and keep writing even when you don’t want to).

Maybe you’re sitting there thinking you have no idea what to fill your journals with (journal hoarders, unite!). Maybe you love the idea of journaling, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe your goal is to make journaling a habit but you get writer’s block whenever you open the page. If you can relate to any of those scenarios, this post is for you!

I’ve put together this mini-guide to journaling to help you make it a habit and reduce writer’s block. Plus, I’ve put together 25 journal prompts to inspire you when you’re stuck!


How To Create a Journaling Habit

Want to make journaling a habit but don’t know where to start? In this post, you’ll get 5 tips for creating a journaling routine, plus an endless supply of prompts and journaling tips to inspire you!

Let’s get down to the basics of journaling. Whether you’re new to journaling or you’ve been doing it for years, I’ve put together a few tips to help you out:

Step One: Commit

The first step to creating a journaling habit is to choose when you’ll commit to writing. With any habit, we have to get clear on what we’re doing and when we’re going to do it. Think about when you’d like to write, how long you’ll write for, and how often you’ll write. Morning or night? For five minutes or until you’ve written three pages? Every day or once a week? Get clear on this and it’ll make the whole habit thing a lot easier.

Step Two: Prepare

Once you’ve committed to your habit, start writing! Find a journal, empty notebook, a piece of paper, or anything that you can write on. Try to find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.


Step Three: Start Writing

Start by writing down whatever’s on your mind. Don’t filter yourself. Be honest. Let the thoughts flow. Think about what’s on your mind right now. What are those topics that you’re drawn to? What’s taking up your mental energy. Now read back through what you’ve written. Do you notice any recurring themes or patterns? Has anything become clearer? Do you know what you need to do next?

Step Four: Take Action

Often the act of releasing these thoughts can provide great relief, and you’re ready to move on with your day. But before you close your journal, think of an action step you can take. This could be a to-do list item, a positive affirmation, or something to stop doing completely. What will you do now that this is off your chest?

Step Five: Reflect

Read back through your journal entries over time. See how far you’ve come, reflect on what you’ve accomplished, and cherish your old memories.

Read This Next: Why You Should Make Time For Self-Reflection

Dealing with Writer’s Block

Want to make journaling a habit but don’t know where to start? In this post, you’ll get 5 tips for creating a journaling routine, plus an endless supply of prompts and journaling tips to inspire you!

What happens when you think you have nothing to write? There have been plenty of times when I’ve opened up a blank page only to find I have absolutely no idea what to write. Other times, I have ideas and thoughts in my head, but for some reason they won’t come out onto the pages.

Part of dealing with writer’s block is remembering that nothing has to be perfect the first time. Often we get stumped because we think our writing needs to be cohesive and insightful.

In reality, it’s more therapeutic to write a bunch of nonsense and make sense of it afterwards. So much of what I end up writing is complete garbage, but it helps anyway. We often forget that nobody else will read our journals (hopefully, right?), so let go of perfectionism and write whatever comes to mind!

Read This Next: 12 Self-Care Books & Prompts For Journal Lovers

25 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

Need a little inspiration to get you going? I’ve put together a printable list of 25 journal prompts that you can use the next time you want to write. Just enter your email address, and you’ll be sent the prompts right away!

 


Do you love journaling? How do you make time for writing?

Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.

13 Comments

  1. This post was amazing to read! I myself keep a journal. Growing up my aunt would always buy me journals to write in. Now that I’m in college it is a way to relieve my stress and sometimes anxiety. Once I get what I’m going through or how I feel on paper everything seems so much better!

  2. I have never journaled before but reading this post has made me want to start journaling. There are a lot of times that I really feel like pouring my heart out onto a piece of papaer but usually don’t know where to begin from. I also love the fact that via journaling you can get to see how far you’ve come when you go through what you have written after some time. Please, check out my blog at

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  3. Thank you so much for your helpful and inspiring ideas. My grandmanaturediary.blogspot.com is like a journal for me. I keep in under my mother’s name and in her honor. But your journaling ideas make me want to journal more. I like the idea of saying something in a journal you may not be able to say anywhere else. Thank you. Nina Naomi (grandmanature)

  4. I love to journal, but I definitely have some trouble making a habit of it. There are tons of articles out there about how to journal, but not many on how to make the commitment to do it regularly. This post is what the journaling world needs! I love the idea of reading and reflecting on past journal entries. I’m going to start setting a few minutes each morning to journal regularly. Thanks for the inspiration, Catherine!

  5. This post has inspired me to start journaling. I always kept a journal when I was growing up. It was always a great way for me to deal with feelings that I didn’t know how to verbalize.

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