Updated: Aug 29
Journal Hack that Really Works
To start the year off right, I'm sharing my ultimate journal hack. Not only did it help me with being consistent in my journaling, I know it will help you. Now, I have always wanted to journal daily. I had intentions to be consistent but I found that days would go by and I would forget to write in my journal. But no matter how many journals I bought, no matter how many cute pens, it just wasn't a habit. I just never wrote in it. I couldn't get the hang of it.
To be able to write in my journal everyday, I knew it had to become a habit. I researched and found, "James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results." -Amazon.
"If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals." -Amazon. "Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits." -Amazon
The book is called Atomic Habits by James Clear.
After reading the Atomic Habits book, I made myself accountable and organized to be consistent in writing in a journal. I bought a weekly planner and decided to write in it for each day of the week. On Monday January 3, I write on the January 3rd space. Depending on how large you write, this space is more than enough. The daily spaces are so helpful as a reminder to write for the day. It makes you feel accomplished at the end of the week, when you see that you filled in each day of your journal. According to the Atomic Habits book, it is important to make a new task as easily achievable as possible. Make it easy to do. Personally, I place my journal right next to my bed on my night stand. By placing my journal next to my bed, I see it and it acts as a reminder when my morning alarm goes off. Writing in your journal in the morning will allow your words to be untainted by the day. Your most honest thoughts will come from the morning. Listen to me explain it live on this podcast episode.
It has been said that your journals exterior should represent you. Your journal should be exciting for you to pick up and write in everyday.
What Others Are Saying About Atomic Habits
“Atomic Habits is a great book for anyone who is frustrated with the way they can’t seem to kick that one (or two dozen) bad habit(s) and wants to finally achieve health, fitness, financial freedom, great relationships, and a good life.”
"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distills the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less."
-Mark Manson, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
I encourage you to use these tools that I shared with you to write consistently in your journal. Or if you are not into journaling, use these principles to make implement a new habit.