In a previous blog post, I explored the major benefits of daily journaling. As I mentioned, keeping a journal can help increase your productivity, creativity and well being. Studies show that writing in a journal every day can remove mental blocks and therefore help uncover insight.
But sticking to a journaling habit isn’t easy. For one, many people may not consider it cool. If you tell your friends about it, you’ll likely get a lot of “Dear Diary” jokes.
Another problem: this habit can be excruciating. When I first started journaling, I spent a lot of time sitting in front of a blank page unsure what to write about. And if I wrote something, I worried that what I had there was junk, perhaps even embarrassing.
And unlike many habits, journaling isn’t particularly technologically advanced, new or sexy. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius kept a journal back in the day, putting down his thoughts on Stoicism. Similarly, the artist Leonardo da Vinci kept notebooks where he wrote everything down.
Journaling isn’t a shiny, new life hack.
“When I first started journaling, I spent a lot of time sitting in front of a blank page unsure what to write about.”
While journaling isn’t new though, it is a useful habit to pick up. And as I mentioned in a previous blog post, journaling is one of two new habits that I found most useful this year. (In case you’re wondering, the other one is meditation.)
So if you’re having a hard time making this habit stick, here are a few tactics that worked for me—and they might work for you as well.