Not often, and not very well, but I thought I’d share my six
1. Don’t worry about the content: My entries are hideously
boring. Most of them read something like this: “Didn’t do much today. Wasted
time on the computer. Hoping to do more tomorrow.” I use my journal as a place
to vent and record whatever my thoughts are at the moment. Most of my thoughts
aren’t exactly groundbreaking.
2. Make journaling every day (or twice a week or once a month
or whenever) a goal, and stick to it: Right now, I’m trying to write in my
journal every day. I slacked off for quite a bit this summer, so now I’m making
up for lost time. Different people do it different ways, but if I don’t set
myself specific goals, I’ll never get around to doing it.
3. Find a good pen: It makes all the difference! And by good, I
mean a pen you like, not a super-fancy, super-expensive fountain pen (unless
that’s what you like…). I’ve used ballpoints, markers, and even colored
4. Keep your old journals: And read back over them every once
in a while. Mine still make me cringe, but it’s fun to see how far you’ve come.
5. Decorate your journal: I didn’t used to do this, since my
artistic skills are pretty much limited to drooling over other peoples’ work. I
sometimes doodle in my journals, but more recently I’ve been raiding old
magazines for pictures to tape to the pages. My current journal is much more
colorful than my others, and I’m always more excited to write in it.
6. Don’t worry about writing something stupid: The most
important rule, no question. About 50% of what I write now will probably sound
incredibly stupid a few months (or a few days) later. But that doesn’t mean
it’s not worth writing. Journaling is about capturing the moment, whether it
sounds good or not.