Journaling is an awesome way to learn about yourself in a deeper way and de-stress. Trust me, it is not the same thing you did in middle school when you wrote in a diary about your crush. By using prompts and guidelines, it can actually help you accomplish your goals and figure out your life. Ready to start journaling for personal growth? Here’s how to get started:

How To Get Started Journaling.

Find a journal you absolutely LOVE. No really, this is an important first step. If you don’t love the look and feel of the journal, you won’t feel induced to keep up the habit on a daily or weekly basis. Are you left-handed like I am? Avoid spirals at all costs. Do you hate lines? Go for blank pages.

Pick a time that works for YOU. When I started journaling, I realized in week one that morning journaling was not going to happen for me. I am already a hot mess enough in the morning, scrambling to get out the door. Adding one more thing to my morning routine would have been a disaster. However, maybe morning journaling works for you. It’s a great time to journal and set daily intentions. Personally, I journal in the evenings before going to bed as a way to decompress and reflect.

Set a timer. Whether it’s 15 minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes. Whatever it is, tell yourself that the only goal is to WRITE until the timer goes off. Don’t necessarily focus on what you are going to write. Let it just flow and see what comes out.

And if you seem to have writers block? Try using some of my prompts I put together below to get the creative juices flowing.

5 Journal Prompts For Personal Growth & Clarity.

  1. What was the best part of your day? What was your favorite thing you did today? How can do you more of that?
  2. If you could make a lot money doing anything in the world, what would that be?
  3. Write a letter to your inner child.
  4. Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years?
  5. Write a letter to your future self about your life today.

If you want to learn more about journaling and finding clarity. Check out this article.

Written By: Kayla Kleinman, Creator of fitness and wellness blog Kayla in the City.

Member of the Kali Girl Tribe.