Congrats! You’ve decided to join the awesome community of journaling, where there’s no limit to what you can write, draw, or design in your notebook. Some people are hesitant about starting a journal, often because they don’t know where to begin or how to maintain one. It really isn’t that hard! The great thing about journaling is that it’s personalized to however you want it to be, so read on for 10 quick journaling tips for beginners!
1. Don’t let your inner perfectionist take over.
First of all, journaling is a reflection of you as a human being, so let it roll naturally!
2. Allow yourself to make mistakes.
Your journal isn’t an assignment to hand in to your professor or boss, so take it easy! Don’t feel the need to get everything “right”–there’s no right or wrong.
3. Have a designated journal-writing time and/or space.
Especially if you’re not used to it, dedicating time to write on a regular basis can be hard to keep up with. Incorporating it into your lifestyle like any other daily task is helpful for remembering to journal.
4. Focus on yourself.
Whether your journaling goal is to reflect, record memories, plan ahead, or be creative, steer in the direction that makes you happy and promotes self-growth.
5. Change it up when you get stuck.
Don’t know what to write about? Try doodling a bit. Don’t know what to sketch? Try creating a habit tracker.
6. Bring your journal with you everywhere.
You never know when you might become inspired!
7. Form or join a journaling community.
Whether it’s just a small fitness journaling group with your close pals or joining Facebook groups related to bullet journaling, this is a great way to stay motivated and get advice.
8. Explore different journal entry formats.
Do you normally like to write in narrative form? Try writing in incomplete sentences, dialogue, or numbered lists for a change.
9. Experiment right on your journal pages.
Pen and pencil aren’t the only things that are allowed to touch those white sheets. So glue in movie tickets and paste some fancy stickers.
10. Have fun!
Journaling should be enjoyable, not stressful. So don’t limit yourself!
Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have anything to add to these 10 quick journaling tips for beginners? Let us know in the comments!