The following was originally a document I set out to write an e-book while considering techniques for journaling and yet I had rationalised that I could no longer put any more work into it to bring it to fruition. It is a long post for a blog but I didn’t want to continue writing about journaling because I thought it better to just quickly get the information out there so others could benefit from it.
I find a lot of guys just go about life aimlessly when it comes to planning and introspection and one of the almost immediate tools we can turn to for self-actualization is keeping a journal.
I’ve left the document in a kind of draft layout and have used minimal editing other than deleting the horrific notes I made so without further ado:
Become Your Own Hero: A Quick Guide to Journaling for the Intelligent Man.
Much can be said about Journaling and there are some great books on how to journal. This guide is supposed to introduce some advice for journalling especially for the Intelligent Man.
First of all, every Intelligent Man Journals.
Secondly, everyone’s journal is unique to that person.
Finally, the more you put into your journal, the more you will get from it. This guide is about getting more from your journaling.
We’re going to look at some useful journaling tips and learn how to journal effectively to get the most from it as a tool of personal development.
In this guide you will find advice on what to journal about, how to make best use of your journal, the best time to journal, what a journal can be used for, how to write field reports, how to budget, and how to use your journal for organising your thoughts as well as improve your writing.
As an Intelligent Man, you will go through life learning from life experiences. In order to really get the most from your life experiences, you should and will, benefit from a journaling habit either now or in the future.
For the most part of history’s greatest innovations, Intelligent Men left behind an immense amount of knowledge that was passed down through the generations not only by word of mouth but by writing. Writing is one of the most fundamental productive skills an Intelligent Man can possess especially in the digital age. It is of the utmost importance and a prerogative that you have an imperative to become as most literate a person as you may become, and with the internet, nothing is holding you back.
By creating a regular journaling habit will you not only get an insight into your own life, but you will learn to love your journals, you will become a better person (whatever that might be) and you will be able to remember and reflect on all of your greatest and worst moments. This is a personal journey. You will also be able to pass on the information to your younger generations if you so choose and you will become a more productive person in the process. Being literate in the modern-day hosts a whole branch of opportunities for Intelligent Men.
Journaling actually has no rules. You can potentially write plots to kill and hunt down Jaguars in the Amazon Rainforest or design a new curriculum for your martial arts club, the choice is yours. The freedoms that are inherent in journaling comes from both life experiences and your imagination. The imagination can be limitless, versatile and ingenious at the most creative end of the spectrum or it can hold you back from your true potential. With a journaling habit, you will teach yourself how to channel your imaginative capabilities and in the process become an Intelligent Man.
Just as you would’ve had to write in school, and sometimes maybe against your own wishes, journaling is different. Journaling can be done as often, or as little as you so choose. You make up the rules as to when and how much you want to write. The freedom of journaling is a most essential, part of journaling. You may already own a journal and wish to get more from your journal and this quick guide will help you with that but the key to journaling is to have fun with it. That’s what this guide is about.
Journaling in the information age is the most important fundamental skill to obtain. Bold statement but I truly believe this as a principle. Being literate in our modern digital era and the information age is in fact, an important and mandatory skill. More than ever, being eloquent in writing is the number one skill to obtain which you can improve by journaling.
I won’t go into a rant about academics being a bad thing as I’m not biased that way. In fact, academia is one of the main reasons our humanity has made it into the modern world with the things we take for granted. I do fully believe that academic education is important in our modern day lives especially during our youth, however, academic education is not enough. It takes self-discipline and productive inertia to become a great writer and a fundamental skill we learn when we journal is writing.
Journaling is something that can be done in your own time. You need not feel pressured or guilty for journaling often and not getting round to doing any journaling. To a given degree you can write in your journal or choose not to. If you’ve bought this book, then you probably either journal already and want to get more from your journaling, or, you are curious about what you can gain from a journaling habit.
The more you write the better you get at writing. Practice makes perfect as they say. You can use your journal for diary entries, write ambitions and goals, write theories, pick up field reports, create a personal development strategy, sketch out your art, create an art journal or collage book, or you can use a journal for figuring out your budget, spending, and finances, even plan a small business.
I’d quickly like to mention one important skill related to writing which is reading. It is important that as an Intelligent Man you spend some time reviewing your journal entries, learning new topics to discuss or write about and constantly look for ways that you can achieve more from your writing and journaling habit. We will look at a journaling technique at some point which will be useful for integrating reading with writing skills. I hope you enjoy and gain as much from this short book as I did writing it.
Where to Start.
It would be without question that the first step to journaling is to get a decent pen or pencil and an actual paper-based journal to write in. My advice is simple, use a blue or black pen, one that has refillable cartridges such as a fountain pen or ball pen (if you are the kind to review and edit entries then you may use a decent pencil not too soft or too hard, an HB will do) and a journal that has lined paper to begin with. I suggest lined paper for beginning your journaling habit as it adds structure to your writing and keeps you in the best organization for getting into the habit of figuring how much you write on average (per journaling session).
As a caveat, the purpose of writing a paper-based journal is it actually makes your journal a more intimate and personal possession, a lot more tangible to make its significance as a writing tool (rather than a keyboard) and therefore makes a great priceless object to own.
You should start off with smaller goals for your journaling before working your way up. A few passages is a great starting point. You will more than likely not feel like writing pages and pages to start with and you may find that it is counterproductive to your schedule to write at great lengths in the beginning.
There are many options for journals when you come to buy one. You may want to start out right away before even purchasing a dedicated journal. If you have lined paper at hand then you can start writing when you’re done with reading this. You may write about what journal you will buy, what you will look forward to writing about and what pen/pencil you wish to use, and why.
You are probably aware of digital journal apps or software which is great because you can sync among devices your entries. It is private because it is password protected but I advise you to start out in a paper-based journal if you’ve never journaled before. There is something special about using handwritten notepads/journals that give them a certain legitimacy and is more memorable than digital based journals.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some quick start tips I can give you, in this following list:
- Set up a time of day to journal (doing this will get you into a habit of doing it).
- Only journal if you have something to write about (most journal instructors tell you to write about bad experiences as a therapy tool, you can try this also).
- Be sure you have little to no distractions when starting out.
- Be sure you are in a comfortable setting and safe.
- Date every entry you write.
- Write fast and don’t censor yourself (you can edit after), try to over communicate and use lots of descriptive words.
- Keep your journal(s) confidential especially when starting out.
- Write at length if you feel like it or keep it brief.
- Get things off your chest.
- Write in your own style, don’t worry too much about spelling or grammar.
- Add embellishments to your writing to begin improving your writing.
- Read things that you are interested in.
- Reference if you must.
- Write as often as you can manage.
- Fill a journal before getting another but plan ahead depending on when you will be journaling in the near future (you will want something to write in).
- Describe your day.
- Write goals.
- Use a weekly theme.
- Try writing a poem (it doesn’t have to rhyme).
- Describe people you meet.
- Write Prayers.
- Write a Short Story.
- Write a 3-6 page Essay.
- Get imaginative.
- Write a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
- Find a quote and write about it.
- Keep a stockpile of pens/pencils.
- Edit old entries.
- Write about old entries from a new perspective at a later date.
- Practice writing a Limiting Belief and then Correct it.
- Practice Reframes.
- Do a brainstorm session.
- Write about your most cherished moments.
- Try and recall dialogue from your favorite conversations and write them out.
- Try and recall your favorite moments in Movies or TV shows and reimagine them as you being the hero, then write them in your journal.
- TAKE YOUR TIME.
- HAVE FUN.
- Write a bucket list.
- Trust the process of writing (you will get better at it over time).
- Make lists (of any kind you wish).
- Write down what makes you unhappy, then what makes you HAPPY beyond measure.
- Write about something that doesn’t make sense to you.
- Try to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense to you.
- Write a letter to yourself.
- Try journal every day for 90 days when starting out (more on this later).
- Write a letter to your future self-saying how proud you are of him.
- Review your week, month, year.
- Glue cutouts from your favorite magazines and write about them.
- Start an art journal instead if you don’t like to write.
- Combine writing with art.
- Write about your current health and your health goals (same with fitness, relationships, wealth, etc).
- Write down the things you wish you never said.
- Write down the things you wish you said but never had an opportunity.
- Write out comebacks, one-liner, jokes, puns and funny ideas.
- Describe your favorite food, car, photography, holiday destination, pets, etc.
- Describe your dreams and keep a dream journal.
- Keep a gaming log (if you are a gamer this could be cool, right?)
- Whenever you experience something new – write about it.
- Take time off from journaling to go on real life adventures and then return with new writing material.
- Try all of the above and everything in this book.
Hopefully, this list of starter tips will get you more excited about journaling and gives you some ideas you can use for journaling.
Self-Exploration and Reflection.
Writing in a journal is a great place for self-exploration and reflection into your own being as a person, soul and professional in the world. I should mention that you may want to have separate journals for different life aspects. What I mean is you may want a journal for your professional life, you may want one for your finances, you may want one for your personal development, you may just want to keep a diary and so on. It’s perfectly fine to do this but I suggest starting out with just a single journal to find out where most of your focus is spent.
Now, journaling can seem like a chore after the initial interest and passion for writing have worn off. You may dive head first deep into journaling and really enjoy it, to begin with, and then all of a sudden you dread the damned thing. This is normal and sometimes it is the same with almost anything new you pursue. With journaling, you will need to pace yourself and sometimes you will be writing more than other times. Don’t worry about this as you will find your sweet spot soon enough.
Journaling is a great place to figure out your strengths and how to make the best use of them for your effectiveness. The same could be said for weaknesses whereby you can figure out how to manage them and improve on them. Personal growth is enhanced by keeping a journal as it is a place to record findings and pinpoint problem areas.
Knowing what to write about is usually the off-putting the part about journaling because it can make you feel you have stagnated with a certain area of growth. This usually means you are facing similar obstacles and if you journal about them enough you can move forward. Sometimes on the off chance, you will just suddenly get an urge to write in your journal because you’ve figured out something new that changes your perspective or that were an answer or solution to something you plateaued with.
If you’re ever having an off day and you feel like you want to write but not sure what to write about, write about that. You can start off by writing “Today I have totally no clue or idea what I can write about, at times like these I shouldn’t feel inadequate about my journaling process, it will improve over time. My subconscious mind is preparing myself for all the amazing and interesting things I will write about in my journal next time. My subconscious is a cool dude.” Simply show yourself some self-love and care for the part of you that doesn’t know what to write by being nurturing to yourself instead of critical.
Put Time Into Your Journal.
Journaling doesn’t happen overnight. You will need to put time and effort into your journal. You will need to review and write in your journal for it to be of any use. What you put into it now you will get later. It is a work in progress and you will never finish journaling if you learn to love your journal. It is something you do out of self-care and will benefit your self-esteem and give you better insight into your life. Working in this way you will become a kind of quasi-journalist for yourself allowing you to make your own mind up about events, twitter updates, whatever it may be that you have Spring Boarded and recorded in your life.
I highly recommend writing in your journal at your own pace for at least a year before you make your mind up about its usefulness. Review at the end of every quarterly year (3 month period) and reflect on what you wrote up to then. This way you will understand what I mean by the usefulness of a journal as a personal development journal. If you want to take it a step further you may try to write quarterly goals and record progress in your journal for each quarter.
Some people live a busy and hectic lifestyle and they will start journaling only to give it up within the first week or two. This is a sign that they need to journal. Journaling is about ‘ME TIME’ and taking time out for yourself at least once a week is important for your health. Journaling gives you a safe time to do this and a tool to work out your thoughts, achievements, goals, problems and next step on your path.
Your journal will soon become an important and cherished part of your week and will take you to a more productive, creative and sensible lifestyle. They say meditating is good for you, well so is journaling. As a child, you were taught more and more to imagine less and less. This invaluable skill creates character, ideas, innovation, and growth. Learn to become your own Hero and become a person who journals.
Important Journaling Routine.
Some pointers you need for journaling is to make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed beforehand. It would be too conventional of me to advise that you make your space clear, turn off all distractions and turn off your mobile phone. Instead, my advice is to make yourself comfortable. If this means having your favorite music on in the background, leaving your clutter out and/or watching your favorite TV shows for ambiance, then, by all means, go ahead. Cutting out any distraction can also be very useful.
Journaling is a time to center yourself, become grounded in your reality and to spend alone time while you reflect and plan ahead. As someone who developed the schizoaffective disorder and having mental health treatment over the last decade, I find journaling from time to time used for brain dumping and organizing my thoughts. You may want to set up and schedule your journaling time ahead of the session which I highly advise in the first quarter. It would be wise to do this to avoid unwanted interruptions and to dedicate time for yourself which you deserve at least once a week. In such a busy world we need time to ourselves even if this seems selfish at first.
There are no rules in journaling as to how much writing you commit to or how long you should spend journaling. The more you do your journaling the more you will be able to do. You may start out writing a couple of passages and in a fortnight’s time, you will be writing for at least 45 minutes. It is a good idea to write and time your sessions for the first two weeks to get an idea of how much time you need to set aside for your journaling sessions. Don’t get carried away by doing a journal three times a day or you will burn out fast and get fed up. Instead, start with something manageable and I recommend once a week, to begin with.
There is something that happens when you start journaling. You will at first have a boost of enthusiasm to write to your heart’s content and soon you may find you have nothing to write about. This is normal. It does not mean that you can’t think of what to write, it’s just what Even Pagan calls ‘Habit Gravity’ coming up from how you used to be before you started journaling. You don’t need to stress about it. The best advice for this is to do something different for a while. Go out into the world and gain some new experiences to write about.
As I mentioned about journaling not having rules, there are perhaps some things that would be good as guidelines for you to take onboard. You can write freely, as creatively as you want, being subjective and imaginative. Or you can write about facts, times, logs and objective things or organize events and make plans. Journaling in any of these ways works well and you can do both in your first journal to better get an idea of where your focus is, where you would like it to be and what is important to you, and what is unimportant to you.
I journal on a regular basis at least once a week. Starting off with a once a week journaling habit will give you a whole week to think of things, Spring Board topics and to give you enough time to manage your time. You can schedule for Sunday night to journal, plan for the week ahead and review your week. Alternatively, if you find yourself as an emotionally inclined person you may want to write in your journal depending on your feelings on a given day.
Making time to journal, once again, is mandatory to making journaling a habit. A rigid and disciplined structure to your busy life will allow you to stop once a week and work on yourself. You may want to devote an afternoon to the journal. This is a great starting point as you may be finished before you know it and can have some extra ‘ME TIME’ to do something you enjoy, catch up on emails or unfinished work.
The whole importance of this chapter is to get you up to speed with ‘scheduling your journal sessions’. Stick to something manageable, have structure, make it a sacred time for yourself and if you feel like writing entries any other time of the week you can. You may find that after a while you will voluntarily be adding entries on your own accord and no longer need a structure set up to make a journal session. When you’ve reached this point you have already gotten the most from your scheduling and can continue how you please.
I promise you the beginning quarter will be hard work but after that will be a breeze. Another thing I’d like to go over is timing your sessions. In the first quarter, you will benefit from keeping a spreadsheet or a log of some kind to time and record your session duration. By doing this you can figure out an average of how long it takes you to journal in one session and be satisfied. Of course, you will be fed up within eight sessions and will already have some idea. This is for your own reference so you can integrate journaling into your lifestyle.
I advise that if you write for 45 minutes per journaling session in the first quarter that you will see immediate results in your ability. If you’ve never written much before you might struggle with 45 minutes and want to start with 20 minutes. Again, make it manageable and try to stick to a structure for the first quarter or at least the first month. For those of you who already write, you may want to use the ‘timing your journal sessions’ I mentioned in the last paragraph.
Other pointers for your writing routine would include:
- Stay hydrated.
- Maybe have a healthy snack.
- Go for a walk first to clear your mind.
- Meditate for ten minutes first.
- Be responsible with caffeine.
- See to it that loved ones can be left with regards to safety.
- Don’t drink the night before.
- Don’t journal if you are feeling drained or exhausted.
- Don’t pressure yourself if you are overwhelmed by life circumstances (you should deal with those instead).
- Do what you know works best for you.
Using a Journal as a Research Tool.
A great way to ensure motivation from the start is to use a journaling technique they labeled as ‘Spring Boarding’. Spring Boarding is where you find snippets of information or write notes of concepts, ideas, insights and record them for later writing.
By Spring Boarding you always have material to write about. It is very easy to do with modern technology and you can do it while waiting in line or during your commute – whenever you get time to read. The key is to simply find things like inspirational quotes, facts, articles, pictures or take photos at certain places and then when you get home you can journal about those. This is where you can really integrate reading and writing skills together.
Become Great by Recording Thoughts.
A man who knows himself is greater than a man who knows others. Writing in a journal allows you to really get to know thyself. You should use your journal in such a way that you really get to know yourself. A good idea for if you don’t know what to journal about is to read your previous entries instead and then writing more about them with new knowledge.
Writing in a journal inspires change. With knowledge of yourself, you will find faults in your choices and character. Do not be negative about this, nobody is perfect. You will find that most of the time that this inspires change. As humans we all learn from experience and journaling is a great way to get your thoughts out and gain perspective on them. You may find solutions to problems and you may figure out new goals in this manner.
Most of the time we have many fleeting thoughts that we forget. Have you ever had a great idea and before you knew it you had forgotten the idea for it never to return, again? This is a common problem most people experience quite often and never take the action to prevent it from happening.
In journaling, we can get to grips with our thoughts in a way that we can begin to control the process around this problem. By writing down your ideas as soon as you get them you will never forget them!! This is where you can get really serious about your journaling like carrying a notepad and pen around to write down every idea you get. Although most people don’t do this it is actually a great skill to have. Once you get home you can expand on your idea with your journal writing.
You may not want to carry a pen and paper with you at all times and sometimes it may seem impractical to do so. I’m not going to propose to know the best solution to not remembering ideas but learning more about yourself through journaling allows you better insight to what you may have thought up at that time. The idea will come to you if only you continually press yourself for it. In journaling, you are consciously using this same mental process to generate those thoughts. (An alternate mental activity is to let thoughts arise, and then tell you-you will make a mental note of it. When you sit or lie down to the journal you can give yourself a five-minute time out and meditate on the thoughts you mentally noted during the day. This is not a 100% foolproof method so take it lightly.)
Recording thoughts is great for journaling and so many people can’t even remember what they did exactly a year ago. Journaling gives you immediate access to record your feelings, theories, ideas, thoughts, and experiences. It is naturally important that I made a point of this when it comes to journaling.
Life Management with Journalling.
One of the most useful uses for journaling is managing finances. Any person who manages their finances from memory is bound to make mistakes. Although budgeting may be hard because it is boring, writing down the figures and reviewing them often is a very good skill for a smart Intelligent Man to have. You can be as strict with your money as you’d like by writing down everything you spend money on, or you can allocate spending money to keep everything organized the old-fashioned way.
Making a weekly budget is a good start. Plan out a week’s spending a week ahead. If you get paid your salary on a monthly basis, you will have to do it for the month ahead. The whole goal is to make sure you can afford your outgoings, have money to spare for daily costs and have some spare to invest in yourself. If you are struggling to make ends meet, then doing your budgeting in a journal is a must. Heck!! You could even devote a whole journal to finances.
What about those important scheduled dates and appointments coming up? Have you planned ahead? By using your journal to plan ahead of time you can better get the most from your meetings and events. You can write freely about how much money you will need, what questions you could ask, what you plan to get from the meeting, what you want to communicate, what steps you will take as a contingency. The only limit is your imagination.
Sometimes when meeting someone new we forget the details about them and journaling allows us to write down those details in order to better make sense of the person we met. You can write down their name, their eye color, their style, their attitude, their age and other biographical information. Did you trust this person? Did you think they could have a part in your life? Did you find them attractive? These things can be useful reminders to write down and record in your journal. How did you meet them? You can even glue their business card to the page and write notes around it. Be as pragmatic or creative as you like, it is your journal.
Who Am I Journalling For?
Of course, a time will come when you question who you are writing for. Before you start writing in your journal you want to specify to some degree who could possibly read your journal(s). Who would the audience be? Is it private or is it going to be for an audience? Who would you share it with if you had to? This will help you to write in a style that would be preferred by your audience which is good for you to consider.
If you are writing in a very personal style and would prefer not to share your entries with anyone you will need to keep it confidential and having a designated place for your journal is important. You will have to take into consideration who would be allowed to read your journal and who is not. This is an added responsibility skill that you will learn from keeping a journal. If it is private then you must keep it private from guests and family too.
Using your journal as a creative outlet is also a great idea. Art journals are a great example of creative use of a journal. You can buy an A4 sketchbook and start creating pages of art instead of actually writing. I’ve tried this and it gives a satisfaction that is quite difficult to put into words. I cut things out of magazines I had laying around, picked up bits of rubbish, leaves, receipts, bus tickets, kept my chewing gum wrappers and so on. I would then make collages in the sketchbook and draw some doodles or graffiti on the pages too. This is a great way to start seeing the world differently and a great alternative to writing that is also valid.
Ask Yourself Questions To Overcome Writer’s Block.
Sometimes you will think you have writer’s block. What is writer’s block? Well, it is the feeling that you can’t think of anything to write about. If this is the case, allow me to introduce something that I find useful. I learned it from David DeAngelo’s ‘Mastery with Women and Dating’ program but I forgot the source he cited.
Roughly paraphrasing – “If you are feeling bored – you need a challenge. And if you are feeling anxious – you need a skill.”
Now when it comes to writer’s block usually it is anxiety around writing. You want to write but you have nothing immediate to write about. Well, you can simply write about not knowing what to write about. What are your feelings around writer’s block? Are you being too hard on yourself?
Another common thing you will arrive at in your writing is a sudden urge to write furiously and relentlessly about something. I strongly advise that you take this notion to its limits. It is very good to listen to your intuition to write and if you feel like getting something off your chest without harming anyone in the process you should write about it at length. If you ever feel like you ‘just want to write’ for the sake of writing, then that is fine too. Usually, you will feel these urges, begin to write, and find that time passes by quickly. You will feel much better after getting it done.
When writing in your journal always be asking questions. What way can I describe this? What was pleasant about this journey? What did I dislike about Friday night out on the town? What did I like? What makes me happy? What makes me unhappy? What are some clever ways to save up for that summer vacation?
By asking questions you are being creative and allowing your imagination to arrive at solutions. You will find over time that the more you ask your brain for answers to things that mean a great deal to you, your brain will start to figure it out for you.
If you ever get stuck with writing and you just have to write something, instead of getting stressed, why not look at an older entry and see if you have any new learnings about it. What do you know now that could have improved that experience? Is your old theory or advice still relevant? If so, why? If not, why? What are some ways you can improve your writing in future entries?
A good exercise for journaling is to write a question at the top of the page and then brainstorm and list things in answer to the question. Brainstorming ideas is great to get you to see the hidden potential of just how many different things you can write about.
What Are Your Achievements?
A great and almost mandatory exercise for your journal is to write down all of your achievements and all of your future goals. You can write extensively and embellish as you wish, or you may want to keep it pragmatic and simple. There is no right or wrong.
Writing down your achievements improves your self-esteem and allows you to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. By writing down your goals you devise a plan of sorts, to write towards something as a theme. You will be able to track your progress and plan ahead your goals, and your learnings. What do you want to achieve next?
This is probably the cheesiest tip I could give you so I’ll keep it succinct and to the point. Write a bucket list, write why you want to do those things on the list and how you will go about them.
A quote I think I got from Robert Greene, says that you should not share goals in advance. I totally agree with this notion and in fact, journaling is the best way to keep things private before going public with them. You can write down your deepest desires if you wish and nobody has to see them if you keep your journal confidential. Of course, writing illegal and depraved things will more than likely get you into trouble with the authorities so don’t get carried away with your imagination – If you are inclined to write those topics, I suggest you learn to write fiction.
There are a few recommendations I have for turning your journaling into a habit. These following Apps and Products are great supplements for a life of journaling.
- Evernote – This is by far the most useful note-taking app on Android, Windows and iOS/Mac. Not only is it compatible cross-platform but it has most features that you need for capturing fleeting thoughts/ideas and generally keeping everything organized in one place. You can have a free account or purchase an upgrade for a monthly (low) fee. I highly recommend it.
- Day One – This is probably the best journaling app on Mac with reminders to keep you interested in your journaling schedule. I own the Classic version which is still good but the new version has been upgraded with extra features and cloud sync ability so you can access your journal on the go. Like with Evernote you can add photos to your notes/journal entries so it is more immersive when reading. This app is only for Mac users.
- Ulysses – This isn’t really a journaling app but I had to mention it because I absolutely love it. It is a great and useful writing app with the basic layout to keep you undistracted as possible. I find it very useful for concentrating on writing for long periods. It is only available on Mac.
- Wunderlist – This is a To Do app that can be found cross platform. Even though it’s not a journaling app I thought I’d mention it due to its capabilities to leave reminders and help you to get organized with personal accountability.
- A Day In Life Journal – I went through a period of spending a lot of time on my Kindle Fire HD around two years ago. This nifty little app for the price of a Starbucks Coffee is a great tool journaling in a Diary-like fashion available on Android and Amazon platforms. I know a lot of people like the new Kindle’s and this is worth a mention.
- Journal Prompt Apps – I’m new to these. Maybe I’ve naturally been okay with writing journals and never really found a need for the prompts so to speak. Thinking about it, in the past, there have been times when I could’ve benefited from one of these apps. Great for beginners to journaling indeed!! An example of these apps I found was the ‘Paperblanks Journal Prompts’ app, which I believe is available on Google Play and iOS.
More Info on Journaling:
If you are looking for more info on Journaling and would like to get even more from journaling, then there are several resources which offer in-depth information on the subject. Here are some I found interesting (all links are Amazon.co.uk unless described as otherwise):
- The New Diary – How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity, by Tristine Rainer. (Amazon.com)
- Journaling Basics – Journal Writing for Beginners, by Lisa Shea. (Amazon.com)
- Let It Out – A Journey Through Journaling, by Katie Dalebout. (Amazon.com)
- The Authentic Self – Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between, by Shery Russ. (Amazon.com)
- Writing Down Your Soul – How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within, by Janet Conner. (Amazon.com)
Journaling is the foundation for all writing habits.