It is seemingly impossible to keep a consistent journal and not feel the fruits of self-betterment in your life. Goals are accomplished, problems are solved, history is recorded and talents are honed as we transform our fluid thoughts into written word.
Why then do we so often struggle to do it? Similar to other self-improvement activities such as jogging and meditation, just doing it is much more than half the battle. And, just like these other endeavors, the motivation required for one can vary wildly from another. Someone may journal every day because they want to record their stories for posterity while someone else might write an entry now and again just to vent. For this reason it is important that we each find the unique driving forces that will actually encourage us enough to sit down and write something down.
Motivation to journal can be divided into eight categories: self improvement, creativity, family, writing, problem solving, spirituality, daily life and logging. This list of 101 Reasons to Journal breaks each of these down into manageable pieces to better help us understand what fuel will stoke our journaling fire and adds commentary for further explanation.
Here are just a few of the 101 reasons why you should journal:
How To… Open Up More
Unlike blogs, creative writing or other forms of written word, your personal journal should usually stay personal. These tips can help you keep it away from prying eyes, thus allowing you to open up and share how you really feel:
Get More Out of Penzu Prompts
One of the worst feelings is when you finally find the motivation to journal and you start a new entry only to find you have nothing to say or don’t know where to start. The easiest way to overcome this problem is ‘prompts’ which are simple questions to answer or statements to get the juices flowing.
If you are a Penzu Pro user, seeing a variety of prompts is as easy as clicking on the light bulb icon on the top right of every entry.
Sam Lytle is the founder of EasyJournaling.com and writer of Modern Journaling: The Complete Digital Journaling Guide. You can follow him on Twitter @easyjournaling.