Month: June 2011

How To Journal

If you have ever read the famous Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, you probably know about Calvinball. This game shows up frequently and is a game of excitement, exhilaration and… ever changing rules. In fact, there aren’t really any rules to Calvinball. That is what makes it what it is. If you have to ask yourself what the rules are, then your aren’t doing it right. If you asked a hundred thousand people how to journal, you would likely get just as many answers (except for the fair amount that would say ‘I don’t know!’). The reason everyone has...

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Journaling Motivation: More Interesting Days

Yes, sometimes the tail does wag the dog. Journaling is more emotional and mental than physical and this is especially manifested when it becomes a consistent habit. Feelings are more easily expressed and altercations better resolved- even if only on paper. When I was journaling daily for a few years, filling at least a page a day, one of my biggest challenges was finding enough things to write to keep up with my goal. The best entries were a balance of what I did and how I felt, and I even had to get creative with some doodles and...

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Easy Reminders

[important]Difficulty: Easy[/important] One of the hardest parts of journaling, especially in the beginning, is just remembering to do it. No matter how highly we prioritize writing in a journal, there will always be something more important such as family or work. A simple tip that can turn a hope into a habit is creating reminders and all you need is your cell phone. Go into the calendar and create a new event. Call it “Write in Journal”, or something like that and set it to repeat daily. Set the time at the most likely time that you will have...

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Methods of Journaling: An Introduction

Recording one’s life events has nearly paralleled humanity in its entirety. Many of the religious books we use today, including the Bible, are a compilation (at least in part) of personal journals. As long as a writing utensil and medium have been available, humans have written down their history. Even today, many faithful journal keepers prefer the intimacy of a physical book to write in. Journaling has only moved past ink and paper in the last few decades. The personal computer made digitally stored journals and diaries a reality in the 70’s. In the 90’s, the Internet was a...

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The Difference Between A Journal And A Diary

Although often used interchangeably, there is actually a significant difference between a journal and a diary. A diary is more of a log of events– where did you go, what did you do and so on. A journal, on the other hand, is a more personal reflection on who you are, what you feel and how you can improve your life. I call my journal a journal but I use elements of both when I write. This way I paint a picture of not only who I am but also who I want to become. So whether you keep...

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