4 Ways How Can You Keep Your Journaling Fire Burning

Unlock the hidden potential by journaling to achieve your goals.

Photo by Ulrick Trappschuh

Life is wild.

It’s infinitely complex, so you never know what happens next. Don’t you hate repeating the same mistakes all over again? Don’t you have enough of purposeless wandering?

Don’t you feel something is wrong when you see all those people succeed while you can’t get out of bed?

How about that anxiety from running out of paper towels?

I know the tool that can simplify reality. A medium to find solutions to your problems. A haven for you to stop and relax. A way to know yourself.

Journaling.

And here is how to keep your fire burning so you keep reflecting on your life with pleasure.

1. Channel The Power of Rituals

You need to support your habit.

Consistency breeds progress over time. And journaling is most beneficial when you practice often. The more you write, question, and think, the more you become aware. As a side effect, you build discipline. Discipline gives you the life you want.

Channeling the power of rituals is about decreasing friction.

Writing allows you to learn about yourself, but it may not suffice. To keep journaling frictionless, make it yours. Connect practice with something you like.

My ritual consists of three points:

  1. Same time every day
  2. Coffee while writing
  3. Starting with what’s bothering me

This way, when I imagine morning coffee, I see myself journaling. And when I see myself journaling, I know I’ll clear my head before work. Coffee in the morning is my primary journaling cue.

Rituals can be as simple as that or even more straightforward.

Connect journaling to other things. The more cues you create, the easier it’ll be to write. You want to make it automatic to limit the use of willpower.

2. Keep The Fire by Knowing Your Why

Journaling without purpose will make you hate it.

We feel a sense of purpose while going towards a goal. Doing something without a goal in mind makes it feel empty. Connecting journaling to your goals makes it feel meaningful.

Unlock the hidden potential by journaling to achieve your goals.

Aligning your practice with what you want makes it powerful. Reflecting on ways to get where you want to get and analyzing mistakes is what you need to improve. Following a direction serves as a filter. Use it to avoid the shiny object syndrome. Ask if that gets you closer to your goals more efficiently than what you’re doing.

Having a direction is within your reach.

You need a few minutes to write down what you want and how to get that. Here is how:

  1. Ask what you want
  2. Ask why you want that five times
  3. Ask how you can get what you want

Repeating this makes you laser-focused on the goal. It’s in your head and easy to remind. When external temptation comes, you know what your priorities are.

Journal to get what you want. Attach the benefits of improving your life to your journal so you never stop writing.

3. Embrace Ways to Make It Yours

Keep your journal interesting.

Never stagnate when you can evolve. New prompts and journaling styles are worth exploring. As you don’t know what you don’t know, look for uncharted territory. Only there can you learn something new.

Finding new ways to express yourself deepens your understanding.

New questions about your actions can unlock upgrades you never thought possible. Self-discovery is a journey. Improving your practice makes it exciting.

It’s easier to journal when you can’t wait to do it.

For example, let’s take my failed attempts to become more positive. I tried many times, and I never knew what to do differently. The new technique I embraced was a gratitude journal. And it changed how I perceive the world simply by making me focus on things I’m grateful for.

But recently, I found a twist to a gratitude journal.

Thinking about how to be grateful for negative things in life. And I’m digging into that now. It’s about your perspective on life. Any tool that gives you an edge is worth exploring.

The only proper way to journal is your way.

4. Cultivate Mindfulness and Reflection

Never make your journal a simple note about your day.

You’re much more than an archivist. You must be an active thinker in your journal to ever hope for improvement. And it’ll greet you with the feeling of purpose when you write. Journaling is a tool with enormous potential. Writing an archive is not fulfilling that potential. You must ask questions.

How was your day?

Write that down., but reflect on why it was like that. Do you push the blame for your failures to others? Maybe you acted like an ass, and now you’re justifying yourself? That’s where journaling shines, and that’s what makes it exciting.

You must touch your feelings to discover behavior patterns, calm down, or get excited.

What you write is not a list of things you did that day. It’s your mental state broken down into pieces you can use. It’s your understanding of how you dealt with that state. It’s about finding ways to deal with it better next time.

Integrating mindfulness and reflection into your journal is simple.

Focus on your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Review the results and compare them with your intentions. When a conversation goes south, ask yourself what you could do differently to get what you want. What tools did you miss to fulfill your goal?

When you notice the voice of judgment, write about it.

Learn to accept your thoughts. Notice when judgment kills your mood and dreams. How could you prevent that from happening?

When you got angry, how was your muscle tension and breath? Have you noticed how they differ from when you’re calm?

Use a journal to increase awareness of the state of your mind. Then you’ll never let journaling go.

Summary

Keeping the journaling habit is easier when you know what you want.

Using your journal to achieve your goals is an ideal candidate to keep the fire burning. Make it enjoyable for you. Make it a tool for finding ways to solve your problems.

Let your journal evolve alongside yourself.

You can always change your prompts. You can add more challenging questions. Ask questions that excite you, so you can’t wait to reflect upon them.

Treat a journal as a tool for knowing your mind.

Discover how you feel and why. Try new ways to deal with old mental states. Avoid making your journal a dry archive of events. That’s not where the potential lies.

How can you fit journaling into your journey for a better life?


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