image by eethompson
Journaling can be creative. It can be an expression of your creative self – in whatever way you choose.
Write every day.
Write every month.
Write whenever you want.
Mix mediums and formats.
The Most Sacred Rule of Journaling: DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
HOWEVER…Always Date Your Entries.
5 Reasons Why You Should Date Your Entries
- For future reference
When you look back at your entries, having a date gives you a marker. When did you write this? That information alone will tell you: at what stage of life you were in; what were major circumstances at the time which might have led you to write it; how did these ideas or thoughts emerge.
- To easily find information
You remember that you wrote something down, and you might even have a vague recollection about the time. Last week, or last month. Dated entries (even better if you write days of the week) make it easier to find information. If it was something at work, you are not going to be looking at weekend, so you can skip those, and focus on the week days. You might remember other elements that will narrow down your search. Dated entries make your journals more accessible.
- For analysis of your past
When you are attempting to break patterns of the past, especially in areas where you seem to make no progress, it’s important to analyse those patterns. You need to understand how those issues started, for how long you’ve been repeating the patterns, and dating your entries give you that essential information.
- To use as bibliography
If you decide to use your journals for writing, whether to write your memoir or to write articles, you will need specific information as to when you wrote those entries. Depending on what you are writing, you might also need to know where you wrote the entries.
- For the recipients of your legacy
If you are planning to leave your journals behind, whether for your children or for whoever’s interested, they will thank you forever if you’ve dated the entries. Just imagine how frustrating it would be to someone who attempted to study your life and had no idea what happened when.
Dating journal entries is simply a good practice, and one that you will be grateful for, so if you don’t already do it, start doing it now.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY
Do you date your journal entries? Share in the comments below.