Everyone has (and should have!) their own approach to journalling. For some, it is a daily, structured and methodical practise. For others, it's a tool to be used to work through an issue or an idea. I guess in some ways, I even journal about business ideas - jotting down notes, expanding upon them, and scribbling away to refine them.
WHAT SHOULD I JOURNAL ABOUT?
Journalling can sound intimidating, but it doesn't have to be complicated. I have a few approaches to it:
JOURNALLING FOR PROBLEM SOLVING
When I can't stop stressing or feeling upset about something, I grab my notebook and just write down everything that's bothering me. I vent. This often helps me to better understand what I feel and why, it enables me to order my thoughts. And at the very least I feel a weight lift off me just through getting everything out. I may repeat this process about an issue over and over, each time working through it a little more, making progress, and getting a little clearer. Sometimes, once is enough.
JOURNALLING TO BOOST POSITIVITY
If I am in a funny mood, feeling a bit grumpy or jealous, or if I have fallen into the 'comparison trap', I open up my 'little book of positivity' which I reserve for happy thoughts. I have a quick read through, remembering all the things I am grateful for, before adding a few more to the collection. It doesn't take long, but it never fails to lift my spirit.
JOURNALLING TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER
Finally, I often use 'prompts' or questions, to encourage myself to expand my thinking and my understanding of myself. A prompt can encourage me to think of things I'd usually brush aside, and they have helped me to really understand what makes me happy, and what does not.
FREE PROMPTS FOR JOURNALLING
I've pulled together my ten favourite journalling prompts, to give you a few ideas of what you can write about. It's free, so just click here to get hold of it now. Let me know if you have any questions!