How to write a daily journal?
Keeping a daily journal has a tremendously positive effect on your psychological health. Yes, scientific findings suggest that writing a daily journal makes you feel good and happy. In fact, journaling is one of the best ways to alleviate stress and even depression. But for most people journal is challenging. So, how to write a daily journal?
For more than 11 years now, I’ve been keeping a journal. I write every day. Before going to bed, I make sure that I’ve already written what has happened to me for the entire day. In my case, I write what I experienced on a daily basis.
But aside from writing your own experience, you can write almost anything. The ideas to write are limitless. Today, you will learn the sources of ideas that may inspire your daily journal.
1. Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational quotes are great sources of journal ideas. Pick a quote that you can write a reflection about. What I found to be more interesting to write is the quote that resonates with my life experiences. I always able to provide deeper interpretation and discussion.
2. Answer certain questions
You may know something that some people don’t know. So they are looking for answers to their lingering questions. This is an opportunity for you to write during your leisure time. Go online to find your questions to answer.
3. Write about your personal goals
If you don’t like writing about your experience, how about writing about your future aspirations? Feel your inner voice and define your goals in life. What do you want to be and how you get there? This question sparks a wonderful journal entry.
The golden rule about setting a goal is that you need to make sure that it is measurable and attainable. Goals that are vague are hard to attain.
4. The challenges you currently face
We all experience challenges every day. I bet that you do. One way of effectively dealing with those challenges is by describing them. What causes your problem? Is there any way to solve it? Or, are there people who can help you find the solution? Just write it down. This will not only give you an idea of how to write a daily journal but also make you feel better.
5. Focus on the possible solution to your problem
Many people easily get stressed. Why? Because they are focusing on their emotion rather than one possible solution to a problem. But sometimes, finding a way out can be harder than you might think. But that’s okay. One of the best things you can do is write your contingency plans on a paper.
Writing down your idea allows you to make it more concrete. You can simply analyze the situation and formulate your own approach to a problem.
6. Write your prayers
Prayers are some of the most wonderful things to write about in your journal. They are not just great entries but also a way of strengthening your spiritual life.
7. Write down your dreams
This is not about your goals (although goals are also good pieces of contents) but your dreams in the previous night. In the morning, try to record the events that you still remember. This is a great way of describing your encountered experience in your dreams.
8. Record your travel experience
Before cameras were invented, people used to record their travel experiences using their pen and paper. But even cameras are becoming more advanced right now, writing on paper remains popular. This is one of the best ways of capturing the beauty of the world using nothing but your own creative way.
This is how to write a daily journal. If you have something to add, please leave it below. Good luck with your writing journey!
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.