Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Journal - Bev Sykes

Photo Credit – Bev Sykes

Journaling regularly is a very satisfying act.  It’s the type of pastime with numerous benefits.  Not only does journaling give you a private place to record your thoughts, it gives you the opportunity to revisit different times in your life and reflect upon the growth and progress you have made as a person.

Your journal can enhance the quality of your life, help you pinpoint your dreams and aspirations, and strengthen the relationships you have with your family and friends.  So, how can you improve your journaling practice?  What type of things can you do to enhance the quality of your digital journal entries?  Is there a way to make things look, feel, and read better?  Are there any tools you can use to safeguard your most private thoughts?

 Here are six things you can do today to make your journal entries better:

  • Stop censoring yourself.  The beauty of life is that it’s unpredictable.  There will always be highs and lows, peaks and valleys.  Keep this in mind when you’re recording the details of your day.  You’re not always going to be insanely happy.  There are going to be dark days.  There are going to be disappointments.  The point is to keep writing despite it all.  Journaling has therapeutic benefits.  Write it down, revisit and analyze it later.  Your journal is an important part of your past and a blueprint for your future.  Choose a password protected digital journaling program or app if you fear others will read what you’ve written.
  • Include photographs with your posts.  If you snap photos with your camera or smartphone throughout the day, why not enhance your journal entries with some of your best shots?  Many of the journaling apps available allow you to upload photos and add text each day.  This is a great way to tell the story in vivid color.
  • Create a family tree so future generations know who you’re talking about and how they’re related to you.  Use computer software or an app to create your family tree. Go back as many generations as you can.  Include details about each one of your relatives’ lives.  This information will be extremely useful to future generations.
  • Create lists.  Numbered lists can help you sort through all the information in your head.  You can create lists of books you want to read, places you want to visit, things you want to do with your children, your best memories, your favorite gifts, etc.  Lists are easy to create and provide you with the information you’ll want to refer to over and over again.
  • Scan mementos and work them into your journal entries.  Take your concert tickets, children’s drawings, and other keepsake items and scan them.  Include these items as attachments with your digital journaling entries.  This is one way to preserve them and still enjoy them without handling them too much and damaging them.
  • Create a timeline of events.  Take the most important events in your life and create a timeline of them.  This is something you find in many history books which makes your entries easier to refer to.  Everyday.me is one app that can help you sort through your entries.  It cherry picks from your social media statuses and sends you emails containing your entries from previous years.

Your digital journal can be a rich source of information for you and yours.  If you’re keeping a written record of your life with the intention of passing it onto future generations, you can fill in the blanks and provide pieces of the puzzle that would be impossible to obtain without some type of documentation.  It’s your life and worth every minute that you put into remembering it.

photo Charissa Struble is a freelance writer, social media manager, and internet marketer.  Her hobbies involve traveling, photography, volunteering, journaling, and creating art. Some of the other publications she’s been involved with include: Intuit, Generation X Finance, WiseBread, and Easy Journaling. You can learn more about her and her travels by visiting www.girldogblog.com