Keeping a journal is one of the easiest habits to build if you want to improve yourself. You don’t need a fancy, leather bound journal. Any notebook will do. The important thing is to set aside a few minutes each day, preferably at the same time, even just ten minutes, to take out your journal and write.

You can write about anything you want. It’s your journal. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Diary style: Daily account of your life
  • Goal Tracker: Write about your progress towards a particular goal.
  • Bullet Journal: Track tasks, lists, and plan for the future.
  • Gratitude: Write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for everyday. 

That’s the great thing about your journal. It’s for you, so make it into whatever you need at this point in your life. You can have one designated purpose for your journal or you can combine a few different elements.

I have a journal where I write down notes from books, three things I’m grateful for, and I’ll also write down a few affirmations everyday. 
Do whatever works best for you.

So why journal? Can it really change your life?

1. Committing To Your Own Self Growth

By starting a journal, you’re taking a step forward. You’re actively trying to improve your life. All it takes is ten or fifteen minutes everyday to start building the habit of journaling. 
There’s no wrong way of keeping a journal. Just get started. 

2. Accountability

A journal is a great place to stay accountable to yourself. You can log your progress towards all of your goals or choose one specific goal. You can talk about your fears or what you’re struggling with. You can take note of the time spent working on this goal or milestones you’ve reached.

3. Be Your Own Therapist

Having a journal where you can write down your thoughts and work out your problems is like having your own therapist, always on call and ready to listen. You can write down what’s bothering you or you can find specific journal prompts where for example, you write a letter to someone that you need to forgive.

4. Learning Tool

Keeping a journal can be a great learning tool. You can take notes on books or courses you’re going through. Sometimes you’ll hear a fact or suggestion and think it would be fantastic to start implementing it in your life, but if you don’t capture that idea, it often escapes. 

5. Gratitude

You can keep a journal specifically for gratitude or just include it in your main journal. ​This is a super easy habit that can change the way you think. Simply write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for each day. They can be anything. You can be grateful for the food in your fridge or the roof over your head. You can be grateful for the heart beating in your chest or the sun shining. 

Taking the time to think about what you have to be grateful for will instantly boost your mood and make you realize how lucky you are.

6. Writing Habit

Even if you have no desire to become a writer, building a habit of getting your thoughts and ideas down everyday will help you improve your writing skills.

7. Keep Memories

You’ll be able to look back at your journal months and years later to see what you were thinking on that day or during a certain time in your life. It’s a great thing to have. You’ll be able to look back at all that you’ve accomplished and where you’ve grown in your life.

8. Organization

Journal writing can be anything you want it to be and a lot of people have discovered and fallen in love with Bullet Journaling. It’s a way of organizing your thoughts and creating lists to maximize your productivity. 

9. Boost Creativity

Creating the habit of journaling will boost your creativity. By sitting down, day after day, with your journal, you’ll become better at deciphering your thoughts and thinking outside the box.  

journaling can change your life