Journal Writing: Why And How To Keep A Life Journal

Her is a guide to writing a life journal, including a few reasons and various techniques.

At one point or another, it seems like almost everyone has kept some sort of journal or diary. Perhaps it was to keep your childhood secrets, or maybe it was for a high school class, but chances are that at one point or another, you too have scrawled down the day-to-day details of your life for reference at some unknown time in the future.

With the advent of online "blogs", keeping a journal is both easier and more popular than ever. If you don't currently have a journal (either print or online), perhaps now is the time to think about getting one.

Life journals can serve a variety of purposes... perhaps you want an easy way to remember what you were doing in the future, or maybe you're wanting some sort of reference so that you can more easily review the previous day's activities. You might even be planning on writing a book about your life, and you want an easy way to look back at the typical days and events that comprise it. Writing in a journal is also a good way to observe repeating patterns in your life. This can help you improve as a person. Of course, there are countless other reasons that you might want a journal as well, and only you can decide the right reasons for yourself.

But keeping a journal is really not as easy as all that. Sure, keeping a journal is quite easy in and of itself... after all, it's just a matter of typing or writing a little bit each day. Unfortunately, the simplicity of keeping a journal or a blog can be a large part of the problem. It's always so easy to decide that you'll do it in a few minutes, or after the show you're watching, or just before you go to bed. Of course, before you know it, the idea has completely slipped your mind, and your journal just sits there, empty.

There are several ways to help make sure that you don't forget to write in your journal. The first is to simply make sure that you write at around the same time every day. This way, you'll be able to get into the habit of writing in your journal, and when the usual time rolls around, your mind and body will be trained to expect a little bit of writing time.

It's best not to write first thing in the morning (the previous day's events may be a little fuzzy in regards to specific details), or very last thing at night (if you're too tired, then you're not likely to write much, if anything.) Most likely the best time to write in your journal is in the evening, as the day is winding down but before you're getting ready for bed. You might want to aim for around an hour before your usual bedtime, so that you'll most likely be relaxing and winding down your day, but not be so tired that you don't feel like doing anything else.

Another simple way to make sure that you record the things that happen is to record them as they happen. Carry a small personal journal, or use an online journal, and update it throughout the day as you work or go about your daily routine. This way, you'll have an up-to-date record of the interesting or exciting occurrences that hasn't had time to become distorted by memory or by other events. And regardless of how or why you keep a journal, try to remember that what you write is a reflection of who you are.

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