When you start taking things seriously, or when you make them into a goal, the guilt for skipping often seeps in. Journaling is no exception. A lot of people decide to journal, and when they don’t do it for a while, they feel bad. They tell themselves, “I should journal” or “I wish I hadn’t skipped” or “I wish I had something to write.”
Do you feel like that?
There is a fine line between installing a habit and turning it into a chore. If you are new at journaling or haven’t done it regularly before, then yes, you may need a schedule or reminders initially that would make you journal. The best way to achieve it is by making sure you always carry your journal with you. Or make it easier on yourself, and have a list of prompts that you can use (remember, every post here is a prompt. You can use the ACTION point at the end to journal about). But don’t turn it into a chore.
Journaling is about freedom. It’s about being yourself. It’s about making time to record and reflect. If you treat it as something you are forced to do then you lose the essence of it.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Journal about your journaling habit. How do you feel when you write in your journal? How do you feel when you don’t write? If you do feel guilty, why do you think it is?