Complete a Daily Journal for One Year

Edited by Christine Cruz, Anonymous, Eng, Lynn

Journal... writing?

Frustrated about your daily journal sitting around with blank pages? Many people find it hard to continue writing in daily journals after two to three weeks. They often lose the interest they first established during the initial entries. Blank pages seem to materialize out of nowhere if the writer maintains a monotonous writing style in the daily journal. This is where the enthusiasm in writing gradually fades. If you are experiencing this dilemma, there are certain ways in order for you to resist and be able to complete your journal for at least a year.

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Daily Journal

Journal?

A daily journal is a booklet or a notebook of some sort that entails the stories from your mind. It can be from your significant daily experiences, realizations, anecdotes, or even your imagination. It can also be used as a goal setter and tracker. Simply set a goal and write the achievements daily. This way, you will be able to track down and record what you have already done. By completing a daily journal for at least a year, you will gain satisfaction and a sense of purpose. People even use it as therapy for people who have problems.

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Why Write?

Even great men in history like Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Captain Cook, and Winston Churchill keep their own daily journals. They kept tabs on anything, and that helped them in their future.

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    To express freely.
    Finding an outlet to express one's feeling freely and with no judgment at hand helps build one's confidence in conveying his or herself. Daily journals can serve as a venting tool for anything under the sun.
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    To connect with oneself.
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    Allotting time for your writing gives you an opportunity to be with yourself. You will be able to better know what you are thinking and what you want to think. It is simply a heart-to-heart talk between you and yourself.
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    Accomplish a goal.
    Setting a goal seems hard for most people who do not know how to accomplish the goal, "while doing the goal". Daily journals help people to keep tabs on their achievements. It also helps motivate the goal setter to continue further.
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    Clear the mind.
    The transfer of your thoughts from your mind onto the paper relieves it from information overload. You can now arrange your thoughts better, if you already have a concrete idea.
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    Chronicle your life.
    Important events in your life can now be recorded using the daily journal. You will be able to have something to reminisce about the past. In the future, you may find yourself laughing or crying just from reading the entries in your journal.
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What to Write?

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    Anecdotes.
    A momentous event in your life, no matter how simple or humorous it is, can be recorded. This can provide lessons and even entertainment in the future.
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    Ideas.
    "Great minds think alike," the old adage says. As mentioned above, even great men in history keep tabs of their life in a journal. Ideas sometimes come out of the blue, so you have to write them down to explore them more.
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    Goals.
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    Setting a goal grants you the feeling of accomplishment. Why not set a goal today and see yourself fulfilling it little by little?
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    Schedules.
    Why not set your schedule in here and then record the significant things after that?
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    Wish list/prayer list.
    By writing down your wish list or prayer list, you will be able keep track of those that are granted.
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    Anything under the sun.
    You can write anything you want because this is your own. Nothing is there to stop you. As long as it gives you a clear purpose of what to write in a year, do so!
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How to do it?

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    Know what your purpose is.
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    Why are you going to write? What was the reason that came to your mind that made you want to start a journal? Knowing what your purpose is in writing a daily journal sets you in the right direction. It will help in the long run.
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    Decide what you want to write.
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    After knowing your purpose, you will easily determine what you are going to write. Be specific. Be specific. Be specific. This way, you will be right on track.
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    Pick a medium to use.
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    Once you have settled on what you want to write, the selection of where to write comes easy. There are a variety of writing mediums, and you just have to choose which best suits you and your writings. From notepads to notebooks, virtual to non-virtual, you can choose not only what to write but also what to write it on.
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    Find the right place.
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    You should locate the best place to write. Your comfort while writing also plays a crucial role in writing your journal.
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    Find the time.
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    Of course, you can set a time when to write, but keep in mind that writing is flexible. You can write whenever you can or want to. Do not limit yourself to one time.
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    Keep the journal close.
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    You never know when an idea may come to your mind or when a significant event may happen. You have to have your journal close. Many writers keep a journal in their pocket.
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    Eat while writing.
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    If it helps, chew on something while writing. It will make your mind more carefree and help you to forget the pressure of writing.
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    Relax.
    Do not pressure yourself into writing.
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    Writing in your daily journal should be sort of relaxation and winding down activity. It should not cause trouble in your life.
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    Doodle.
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    Drawing on the side will ease your mind. Doodles come in hand when your mind is buffering.
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    Sing.
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    You can also play a song while writing. It can generate ideas in your mind. Singing relaxes and calms you down.
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    Stop when you're tired.
    Don't force yourself. Remember that a great idea often comes out of the blue. Just make sure to write the idea down once it comes into your mind.
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    Do random things.
    Nothing stops you from discovering what ways best help you in writing and completing your daily journal. Be flexible and creative. Writing is fun!
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Start now?

If you are not yet sure that you will be able to complete a year of daily journal entries, you can start off your daily journal by writing these suggestions. You can also modify them to fit what you like or create one yourself!

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