I love to share 3 tips on how to start journaling again
These 3 tips I used to get back on track after I gave up journaling.
A journaling system, if it’s a plain notebook, Bulletjournal, Nuuna or whatever you use, works! I think it’s the best productivity tool around.
But … when I started journaling a few years ago, I started with enthusiasm and wanted a journal just like all those pretty spreads you see online. I made all kind of trackers and collections, because I wanted everything logged. Not long after I started, I found my journal lying untouched in the drawer. I got discouraged. Too much work and too less of a skill for drawing and lettering, I thought.
So, if you can relate to my story or have given up journaling for another reason and want to start again, I have 3 tips for you that got me back on track and I never stopped journaling after that!
#1 Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy
Everybody can relate to a quote. I did to this one. All fun and enthusiasm disappeared, I got discouraged with a feeling of failure, because in my mind I couldn’t draw or write as beautifully as others. So when I read this quote something clicked for me. I stopped comparing my way of work to others and since that moment I enjoy my spreads with all their perfect imperfections. In the process of finding my own way of journaling, I gradually started drawing and writing more and due to practice I even got satisfied with my work. I love both sides, the minimalistic journal and at times I hit the creative button and have fun with that. That’s the beauty of a journal … that flexibility.
#2 Find Only 5 Minutes In The Morning
Find 5 minutes in the morning to go through your planner page for that day. 5 minutes, that’s all it takes to look through your to-do list and add stuff you want to get done or -even better- check off the completed tasks. You can do it at the breakfast table, just before or after breakfast. You could even set your alarm-clock 5 minutes earlier. What’s 5 minutes?!
When you do this every day, it becomes a routine.
#3 Have Your Supplies Within Grabbing Distance
I have a small space in my bookshelf, nearby the table I use for journaling, dedicated to my daily needed journaling supplies. Some fine-liners and a ruler in my zipper pouch and of course my planner. That’s all I need. When I have time and if I want to, I add some drawing or stamps to my spreads, but that is not something I plan in those 5 minutes in the morning. Those ‘art’ supplies are organised but are not at arms reach of the table.
I truly hope this post can help you get back on track with your journaling. Even the smallest step is still a step forward. It’s not difficult to journal and it’s the best productivity tool around! It helped me a lot in all kind of areas of my life. I hope it does help you too.
I would love to hear from your ‘getting back in the game journey’. What are your struggles? Go to Facebook and let me know.