Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tips for Making Jewish Journaling a Routine

Hi!  I'm Mia Sherwood Landau. Welcome to my Jewish Junk Journaling blog. Join me for lots of journaling fun! 

Mia's Tips for Making Journaling Part of Your Daily Routine

The best way to ensure that journaling works for you is to do it long term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future to get answers from your prayers and your introspection. But first, you just have to start journaling. 

Journal daily to make it a habit. Combining Jewish journaling with scrapbooking or junk journaling is very easy to love. It's so much fun that you won't even have to try hard to develop a habit. Once you get started you won't want to stop! 

Let’s review a few tips for making Jewish journaling part of your daily routine. 

* Make It Easy – Make it fun and easy and it’ll be simpler to get started each day. For example, it’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer, at least for most people. You can have the book in your bag, at your desk or on your bedside table, wherever you plan to write in it. 

* Choose a Time That Works – The best times to do it are early morning, first thing, or the last thing before you go to bed. If there's a better time for you, choose it and just do it. For example, some people like journaling while on lunch break at work. Or some like to wake up extra early to journal before starting the day.

* Get a Drink and Eat a Snack – You don’t want to have any excuses or extraneous thoughts while you’re writing in your journal. Make sure you’re not hungry or thirsty so you won't be distracted.

* Create a Comfortable and Accessable Space – It’s easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not thinking about how bad your tailbone hurts or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy easy chair, others like to journal in bed. 

* Combine It with Something Else You Enjoy Doing – If you enjoy cleaning the house, then reading in your clean house with the windows open and the breeze flowing might be the perfect moment for you. Choose a situation you can create, a daily thing, add journaling to it and you'll create a habit quickly. 

And if you have a favorite crafting skill, use it in your journaling, too. This is a video of my friend Rae, who loves to do calligraphy journaling and even turned it into a business.

* Add Some Relaxing Music to Set the Mood – Now it’s true that some people prefer silence, so that’s fine if you do. But consider instrumental music with no words to distract you. Relaxing music may help you gather your thoughts, stay calm and keep focused. 

Use a Particular Type of Journal – For some people, using a style of journaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, or art journaling works best. Try them all to find what works for you.

* Consider Using Journaling Prompts – You can also find journaling prompts online for any type of journal you desire. 

* Reward Yourself – When you have been diligent for a month, writing in your journal daily, take some time to read what you wrote. That's an eye-opener, for sure. Especially if you prayed along with journaling. You will notice answers to your concerns and prayers after a month, which is better than any other reward.

But you could also celebrate by buying colored pens or beautiful scrapbooking materials for more journaling adventure next month.

To truly experience the full benefits of journaling, do it daily. Incorporate journaling into your everyday life and turn it into a fun easy habit. Use your journal to connect to God by praying from it and trusting in God to hear you.

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