| Written by Ronnie |
If you are someone who wants to give journaling a go, start off by making it simple. By keeping it simple, you make it easier for yourself to journal. And the easier it is, the more likely you are to actually do it. And to keep doing it. So, without further ado, here are a few ideas and tips to make it simple for yourself when it comes to journaling:
You don't need fancy, complicated software in order to journal efficiently. Simplenote is one of those super-minimalist apps that's perfect for journaling. The interface is simple, easy to use, and makes journaling a breeze. It's free and synchronises across your iPhone, your desktop, and the cloud. Personally, I think it's the best way to capture your words electronically. You can watch this video tutorial to see how I use Simplenote for all my journaling.
Don't stress about making your pages look pretty
If you prefer to write with pen and paper, just remember that your pages do not have to look pretty. Being someone who journals does not mean you need to know how to do beautiful calligraphy. You do not need to create beautiful page layouts. All you have to do is pick up your pen and write. Pages upon pages filled with just heartfelt words are absolutely beautiful to behold, even with no embellishments whatsoever.
Don't stress about making your writing perfect
Similarly, don't be overly anxious about writing in perfect grammar or crafting eloquent sentences that flow seamlessly on from each other. When you are just starting out, it's important to simply get into the rhythm and habit of journaling. Over time, your writing voice will develop, and your journaling style will be sure to emerge. The important thing is to simply start writing.
Use a 365 day journal
This is a wonderful option if you find the thought of an empty notebook too intimidating. The great thing about a journal like this is that as soon as you open it, you have a pre-determined framework laid out before you. You have a page for each day, and the goal is to write for a year. And it doesn't matter if you skip a page or two - just fill them up with photos, quotes, or doodles! This is the type of journal that I use for our boys' first year journals.
Use our #lifecapturedproject prompts
If you find that you end up spending too much time trying to work out what to write about, then keep things simple for yourself by using our #lifecapturedproject journaling prompts. New prompts are released at the beginning of each month, and there is one for every day of the year. Again, it doesn't matter if you skip a few prompts, but at the same time, it's super-easy to catch up on the ones you've missed if that's what you want to do. In fact, I think our #lifecapturedproject prompts would be the perfect compliment to a 365 day journal as discussed above.
Set a specific goal
Another way to keep it simple (and to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the thought of journaling for an indefinite period of time) would be to set yourself a specific goal. For example, perhaps you might want to start by simply journaling once a day for a week. Or, if you're feeling more ambitiious, once a day for a whole month. Alternatively, you could set yourself a specific time every week and simply journal once a week during that set period of time.
You can read the other posts in this series here.