Even though journaling is on the rise there are still some misconceptions and myths about journaling that stop people from using this amazing tool. A growing number of entrepreneurs and others are finding it to be invaluable for getting the clarity and motivation needed to thrive. However, misconceptions are still common, and breaking them can help you make the most of journaling. Here are some common myths about journaling.

Journaling Takes Too Much Time

Journaling is a time commitment, but many people overestimate both how much time it takes and how difficult it is to find the time needed to make journaling a regular habit. If you have a morning routine, there’s a good chance you can spend a few minutes journaling while having a cup of coffee, for example. If you don’t have a morning routine, consider setting one up and making journaling a part of it.

If you spend any time on public transportation or waiting in lines, consider downloading a journaling app to pull up when you have a free moment. Many people find journaling to be most effective right before bed. Consider using journaling as a way to unwind after a long day.

I Don’t Have Anything to Write About

Journaling is a creative task, but don’t use the “I’m not creative” excuse to avoid regular journaling. Think about some of the most basic journaling questions or techniques. Consider a gratitude journal: What made you grateful during the day? A surprise journal is also a great way to gain some perspective, so think through how your day went and what parts of it you found surprising. What made you laugh during the day? Journaling is helpful for clarifying your aspirations and finding out how to meet them, so write about your dreams.

I’m Not Good at Writing or I Hate Writing

Your journal isn’t about showing off perfect grammar; it’s about speaking to yourself in an organized manner. You don’t even need to use typical sentences, so consider starting up a bullet journal to improve your organization and track your days.

Lists are great as well for journaling, so think about starting up a list of your goals or dreams you can update over time. Finally, note that journaling doesn’t have to be done on paper. A simple voice memo app can let you journal through your smartphone’s microphone, letting you think through your day and record your thoughts.

There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Journal

Following a prescribed method of journaling can be great for getting started, and you may find a particular type of journaling is perfect for you. However, any time you spend collecting your thoughts and committing them to paper is time well spent, and even scratching down a few notes you’re unlikely to read through again helps organize your thoughts and sets you up for future success. Find out what works for you.

Journaling is an invaluable habit, but many people are intimidated due to persistent myths and misconceptions. Above all, keep an open mind when it comes to journaling. You may be surprised how your attitude changes over time.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Create the Life You Want + Make an Impact while you're at it!

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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