If you are wondering how to start journaling when you’ve been putting it off, then you’re in the right place! I’m going to share some simple ways to motivate you to start journaling and do it regularly so you can tap into the benefits of writing.

Start Each Entry with a Prompt

A lot of times the reason people don’t write in their journal more often is because they aren’t sure what to write about. This might be in the beginning where you lack proper inspiration, or you have been journaling for a while.

When you’re feeling stuck, journaling prompts are a great way to start! They provide questions or statements that you answer in your journal entries, with topics like childhood memories, future goals, and recollecting different things in your life.

Use Your Journal Like a Diary

This is a little trick that really does work wonders. Sometimes people get overwhelmed with the thought of journaling because there are so many different types. While each of these provide more flexibility for you, you might be more interested in just writing how you feel. The good news is that it doesn’t have to follow any conventional rules. Just write in it like you would a diary when you were a kid or teenager. Write to yourself, or write to an invisible person. Do it however you want.

Pick the Journaling Time Wisely

When you choose to write in your journal can also become more motivating for you. If you feel more creative and inspired in the morning, then that is when you should write in your journal. On the other hand, some people find that they prefer nighttime writing, or in the middle of the day between appointments or while on a lunch break. If you’re struggling with this, try different times and circumstances, and you will likely find at least one that works best for you.

Find a Better Reason to do it

This one I find to be a big yet simple tip. Know the reason of why you want to journal. For me it was definitely to change my thought process so that I could create a positive impact in my life.

Just wanting to journal because of some vague benefits might not be enough. Really hone in on why YOU want to journal, and what you hope to get out of it. Don’t worry about the reasons other people choose to write in their journal. This is you and your experience, so it should really be unique to you.

Make this your first prompt: Why do you want to start journaling?

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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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