How to Start a Healthy Habit of Journaling (and actually stick with it)


Two Powerful Ways to Fit Journaling into your Day

  1. Make the process an easy to implement habit. 

  2. Build joy in every step of the process. This will motivate you to want to journal as opposed to thinking it sounds like a good idea when you have more time. 

    1. I’ve found that I have been busy in different ways in all the stages of my life. Instead of waiting for your life to slow down, find a way to prioritize reflection and gratitude. 

When something is easy and enjoyable, you’ll likely find ways to make it happen.

Benefits of Journaling

  • Peace-Journaling creates time to be something we usually aren’t-quiet and present in our thoughts. Not the thoughts that race through our head at night like did I turn off the stove, start the dishwasher, buy that present, etc. But the thoughts that lead you to find joy and peace. -John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”-

  • Clarity- Do you feel like you are racing around without a spare moment to figure out what you want to do with your life? Spending a few quiet minutes each day reflecting on your life can provide a clearer vision for what brings you happiness. -Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.-

  • Gratitude-Taking time to reflect on your life can also reveal what you are genuinely grateful for. I think gratitude is the quickest path to find joy in your life. -1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) ... give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Peace, clarity, and gratitude can be found in daily reflection. 

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How to Make Journaling a Daily Habit

  • Keep your journal and pen somewhere you see it and will have the time to use it. You do yourself a disservice when your journal is out of sight out of mind. Sometimes the best reminder is to catch a glimpse of your journal across the room.

    • Perhaps your best time to journal is first thing in the morning. Place your journal on your nightstand and instead of scrolling through Instagram first thing in in the morning reach for your journal and feel more focused and intentional about your day.

    • Do you have a few minutes to write while you drink your morning coffee? Set it by your coffee pot the night before, so it’s waiting for you. 

  • Keep it simple and attainable. 

    • I like to write in my journal early in the morning. I don’t spend a lot of time on it, less than 5 minutes. The two questions I always answer:

      • What is one thing I can do today to help me reach my goal?

      • What is one thing I am grateful for from the day before?

Create a Journaling Space you Love

  • Find a cozy spot. Depending on the weather, this may be indoors or outdoors.

  • A clutter-free space to keep you from distractions.

  • Perhaps a comfy chair near a window.

  • A quiet place. Maybe this means waking up before your family, so your attention isn’t being pulled in different directions.


Fill your Journaling Space with what you Love

  • A Comfortable Seat

  • An Essential Oil Diffuser

  • Candles

  • Favorite Mug 

  • Hot Tea, Coffee, or Wine


    Finding ways to elevate your journaling will help it feel like a luxurious time for you to unwind and enjoy life’s simple Pleasures.


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