Start Your Day Right with Your Journal

Posted by dianne on Mar 6, 2011 in Articles | | No comment

Some people write in their journal in the evening, unwinding and reflecting on their day. I find that starting the day with a journal entry makes for a great day. Try using your journal to set a positive mood for the day.

Get worries out of you head. Do you ever wake up anticipating the troubles that might crop up? Without your journal you might be off on a day of worry and wheel-spinning. Start pouring out all that worry onto the page; your worries will soon be short-circuited. The act of writing down a worry lets your brain know you are not going to forget about it. There is no need to keep reminding you, no need to dwell on it. What’s more, you can use your journal to brainstorm possible solutions.

Focus your thinking. You can plan your day on paper. It doesn’t mater if you use your journal to write a To Do list, a shopping list, or just think about how you are going to handle the day’s tasks. Your journal gives you a place to collect your thoughts before you jump into the day with both feet.

Write affirmations. To put yourself into a positive state of mind, write affirmations in your journal. Don’t wait for anyone else to say what you need to hear. You know what you need; write that positive thought five times. As the thought flows from your brain to your hand to the page in front of you, it takes residence in your being.

Daydream on paper. This is a great way to use your journal. It is almost like a stream-of-consciousness affirmation. You can write about what you would love to be doing – your ideal life. Describe in detail where you would be, what you would be doing, who would be with you. Describe your ideal habits. The more you write about these ideas, the better you can see ways to make them real. When you daydream about exercising every day, you will be reminded that that is possible. Maybe you don’t have a personal trainer, but is anything stopping you from taking the dog for a walk as soon as you finish writing? You may picture yourself in a warm, sunny place in the winter, knowing that you can’t afford a month in the desert. Can you afford a visit with a friend? Or maybe a weekend getaway in a sunnier climate?

Once you start exploring new journal techniques, you will find your creativity expanding!

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