5 top tips for journaling for success
Now is the perfect time to start a journal or tweak your current one to give you support for your wellbeing during lockdown.
A journal can not only provide an outlet for our emotions but can also give us an opportunity to explore, plan, and organise our lives, setting us up for success.
Here are some useful tips to get started
1. Gratitude journal
Start with writing down three things you are grateful for. Give a little time to each one and really tap into why you appreciate these things no matter how small.
This sets us up with an optimistic mindset – crucial for success. Programming ourselves to appreciate the good we have in our lives will help to keep things in perspective and buffer us against smaller niggling issues we have to deal with.
2. Clear your head from clutter
Julia Cameron author of The Artists Way, recommends writing a few pages of stream of consciousness free-flow writing upon wakening to offload and free our minds from whatever is in our heads – you could start with writing about a dream you had or a worry or concern you have upon waking - or even writing nonsense until something comes up.
This method empties your mind and gives you a fresh canvas to begin your day.
I have completed the morning pages for six weeks and I have found it an extremely useful tool for releasing all the things that are on my mind. I am also finding that once I run out of things to write I often come up with solutions to an ongoing issue or get great ideas for projects I’m working on!
3. Daily affirmation
Affirmations are “I am” statements we say to ourselves to give us encouragement when we need it most and to help us boost confidence and self-belief. Think about what you hope to achieve that day and write yourself a supportive affirmation. For example, “I am capable”, “I am enough”.
We are our own worst critics and often feed ourselves with negative statements and harsh judgements. Writing an affirmation that we have created for ourselves and stating it aloud is a powerfully effective way to guide us into taking successful action. A very simple technique yet empowering!
4. Goal setting
Write down three things you want to get done that day. Choose three things that will really make a difference if you tick them off.
Limiting your goals to three things for the day actually leads to higher productivity. Once you complete them you will feel a sense of achievement without feeling overwhelmed. You will then have more energy and motivation to complete other things on your to-do list. Goal setting also gives us a sense of purpose which helps us feel successful on a day-to-day basis as we know what we are striving towards.
5. Evening reflection
Start a success section to your journal by writing three things that went well that day.
Allowing time to acknowledge even small wins on a daily basis greatly increases our confidence and sense of wellbeing as we start to feel more successful.
Do this every day and you will build up a lot of successes over time and you will always have something to refer to if you are feeling down.
Choose just one of these methods and try for seven days and notice how you feel.
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