A Guide to How I Journal
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior,” is a quote by author Christina Baldwin that perfectly describes the creative act of writing in a journal. Writing in a journal is not only therapeutic, it can also help us solve problems and issues that plague our daily life.
Journaling can be an outlet for emotion, a place for self-discovery, goal creation, and so much more. Studies have shown that writing in a journal can improve emotional and physical well-being.
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Writing has a positive effect on our mental health, it keeps creative juices flowing, and it can be a great exercise that serves as a cathartic release. Even if you aren’t in creative work, journaling is a great stress reliever and an effective way to keep your brain functioning at its best.
I’ve used several journals, notebooks, and diaries – each with its own myriad of uses. I’m often asked to outline my journaling routine, and I recently put together a video to show just that. However, there’s so much more to explain and to go into, and I wanted to offer some more practical advice regarding journaling – so what better way to discuss writing, than in writing?
It is crucial to let go of the fear and anxiety.
But first, I want to offer some advice for anyone new to journaling or struggling to get back into it. It is crucial to let go of the fear and anxiety. There is no one there to judge you. You are dealing with you, your mind, your ego, your soul. And if you are afraid of judging yourself, perhaps getting into journaling is the exact step you need to take to return to a place of self-love, or to learn to feel compassion for yourself.
How to Start Journaling
Get a notebook/journal/diary. You only really need one. Use any plain notebook and separate it into different sections. If you want to do the same type of journaling as I do, you’ll just have to separate the sections of the book into the categories I have listed below (ex. Dream journal, abundance log, manifestation journal…).
You also don’t necessarily need a paper notebook – I just prefer them because I feel like writing things down by hand feels more powerful. There are many journaling and diary apps that are free to use, and you can even use the notepad in your phone.
I have an obsession with notebooks and I used to like to keep things separated and organized, so I had several, which turned out to be a bit of a hassle. I recently found one really impressive journal that consolidated all the ones I kept before – My Infinite Agenda. This is not only a journal for me – it is a scheduler, a place to track my goals, and a guide and toolbox for manifestation and using the Law of Attraction.
I spoke about it in my video, but I want to tell you guys a little bit more about it towards the end of this post, and I have a 50% off promo code if you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself or as a gift, as well (LEEOR50 at checkout at myinfiniteagenda.com). When you use my code, my commission goes to Crutches 4 Africa.
Set aside the time to write. It can be a certain day of the week, or specific times of the day. Your journaling schedule will depend on the type of journals you want to keep. For me, I like to sit down with my Agenda on the first of the month and plan everything out. Then on Sunday nights, I like to plan out my weeks in greater detail.
I keep a dream journal under my pillow with a pen attached that I will pull out to write down my dreams upon waking. I keep my abundance log on me at all times and will try to write things down as they happen, but if I forget, I will go back and add everything at the end of the day.
Just go for it. Don’t just keep thinking about it… start doing it – right now. Put down on paper what you see and what you feel and think in the simplest way. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be anything. This is completely for you and up to you. This is your little private hideaway to do with what you please.
Schedule, Projection/Reflection Journal
I like to dedicate time in the beginning of each month to plan it out. I will sit down with my scheduler/calendar and first mark up any important dates and deadlines. I will then make a list of goals for the month that I would be happy to achieve. This list of goals can be as small as “go to yoga 4 times” to “get my company up and running.” This is a great way to get your mind right for the right of the month, and something to keep going back to on days when you feel lost.
At the end of the month, I will then go over everything I wrote down at the start of it. I will reflect on my successes, and consider ways to improve for the next month if I’ve had any failures (I don’t believe in losing – you either win, or you learn).
This is a great time to think back to any bad things that may have happened, and analyze why they happened. I find that looking back, I can always understand why something had to happen. It may have seemed horrible at the time, but in hindsight everything adds up and makes sense. There is always ways to learn and to improve.
Keeping a dream journal has become an important part of my morning routine. I believe that we get very powerful messages in our dreams. These messages could come from our subconsciousness, from our astral selves, from Higher Consciousness, or even from the collective consciousness. No matter where the message comes from, it is important to take a look at it and see if there’s any meaning that’s applicable in real life. I find that my bad dreams always have more meaning than the good ones. I keep my journal underneath my pillow, and whip it out right when I wake up to jot down everything I can remember. I don’t always remember my dreams but when I do, I just try to retain as much as possible. This is a GREAT WAY to wake up in the morning also – instead of grabbing your cell phone, you’re looking inwards and starting the day off on a more spiritual note.
Find out more about my dream journal and morning routine here: 6 STEPS TO BETTER MORNINGS AND BETTER DAYS, EVERY DAY
This has become my favorite type of “journaling” because it has been an instant manifestation technique for me. An abundance log is just a running list of all the abundance that goes into your life. This doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with money, but I’ve been using it for prosperity. The speed at which it has helped me to manifest has been shocking, to say the least. Starting in the morning, every time you make a dollar/get your paycheck/make a sale, or are given something for free, or find money on the floor, or receive a present, or anything of the sort – write it down in your notebook.
This is how I keep my abundance log:
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I go into detail about it in the video, so make sure to check it out. It’s pretty simple to do, and so powerful that it’s a waste NOT to do it.
Try it out starting today! According to the comments on YouTube, this has been helping people get more money super fast!
Watch my video on the abundance log here: Abundance Log Method (Most Effective YET!)
Manifestation & Goal Planning
I like to manifest and to plan my goals in the present or past tense. I will take out my notebook designated for manifesting (before I had MIA, which is what I use now) and write lists of the things I’ve “done” for that day, week, and month. I write things such as “I got an incredible opportunity today!” and when I write that, it actually happens nearly without fail.
I used to set myself too many goals for one day, too many tasks. I’m still working on it, but I’ve realized that’s not a healthy way to set goals. I remember one time someone I just met and had a conversation with just looked at me for a second then said, “Why are you so HARD on yourself?” That made me realize that what I was doing wasn’t healthy. What IS healthy is to set realistic (that doesn’t mean not dreaming or visualizing or wishing) goals. Spread them out over time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
To manifest, I often write three sentences for every one thing I desire:
“I want a loving partner.
I have a loving partner.
I am happy and enjoy life with my loving partner.”
“I want a great body.
I have a great body.
I AM A GREAT BODY.” (Sounds funny, I know, but it works!)
This is the formula: What do you want? + Now say you have it + Now say you ARE it or attach an emotion to it.
I will also manifest on the new moon in another journal, where I write long letters to myself or others or to the universe, even. You can find out more about that here: NEW MOON MANIFESTATION RITUAL – A TIME FOR RENEWAL, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND HOPE
I save me self-discovery and self-love work for nighttime. I will often ask myself some questions or find some prompts to help get the juices flowing. I want to remind you guys that self-love is not a destination.
It’s something that you will have to work on every single day. The more you do it, the easier it’ll be. Keeping a journal to help with that journey is so, so effective.
Before bed, I will do some self-growth writing, then move on to celebrate my small and big wins. I will write about the qualities I have that I’m grateful for. I will write things that make me feel good about my situation, such as: “If someone else were in the position I was in right now, I would want to be in their position.” I honor myself. Self-love isn’t easy for most people. But it really does get easier.
What emotions am I feeling right now?
Do my emotions have to do with how my day was?
How was my day today? What did I do?
What is my dream day like? If I could have my life any way, how would my ideal day play out?
What are the differences between today and my ideal day?
How can I get closer to having a life filled with my “ideal day?”
What successes did I have today, big and/or small?
What lessons did I learn today? Every day, we learn lessons. If something bad happened, think of what you may have learned from it.
What was the last compliment I received?
What was the last compliment I gave?
What can I do better than anyone I know?
What’s one thing I like about my body?
What’s one thing I like about my personality?
What kind of vibe do I give off?
What kind of vibe would I like to give off?
What are things I enjoy doing?
What are things I used to enjoy doing?
I will also write in my gratitude journal. For some prompts for gratitude, check out my 30 day gratitude challenge here.
I’ve synthesized all my notebooks into one with the help of My Infinite Agenda. This stunning notebook is extremely high quality and is more of a complete life reorganizer than just an agenda.
It unites my vision board with my daily planner and my goal-setting journal. It gives practical guides to manifest incredible changes in our lives. It comes complete with inspirational quotes and sections to write down what we’re grateful for.
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