How to Write a Journal

People have been writing in journals for generations and it can be a good way to record your innermost thoughts and feelings. Journals are also a good way to keep track of what you do and what happens to you. In the future, you can look back on this and enjoy the memories. Ready to get started? Here are a few tips for successful journal writing:


  1. Try to journal regularly. Ideally, you’ll write every single day and the best way to do that is to add it to your schedule. For many people, writing each night, before heading to bed, is a good way to remember to journal. It also helps relax your mind after a long day.
  2. Record feelings as much as you record events. This will be invaluable later on, when you look back through your journal. Remembering how you felt will help bring back the memories of that time.
  3. Write out your stress. Beyond the need to record events to look back on them in the future, journaling can be healing and is a great stress reliever. Don’t avoid writing about the unpleasant things in your life . . . these are important to record, too.
  4. Don’t worry about writing a lot. Some days, you just won’t have much to say and that’s fine.The main thing is to make it a habit to write regularly, even if it’s just a list of things you’re thankful for.
  5. Just write. If you spend too much time thinking about what to write, or how you might view this journal entry in 20 years, you may end up paralyzed and not writing anything. To combat this, just start writing whatever comes into your head. This will help you get into the writing mindset and you can start focusing more and more.


Journal writing has been linked to improved creativity, better memory and many other benefits. It’s well worth taking up journaling, even if you keep it very simple with a few lines each day.


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