Journal writing is such an amazing, multi-use, multi-dimensional tool that can change your life – like it did mine and 1000’s of people I have trained.
Journaling is my ‘go to’ tool, my sidekick! It resolves my chaotic, disorganized, boring, out of control and ‘stuck in the same old patterns’ attitude. I use it for creativity, connection, clarity, control, compassion, creating, healing and much more.
For a few years I sold time management systems and trained users on many aspects of time, goals, life purpose, awareness and being effective. I added multiple modules for life planning, tracking what is important, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and more.
I enjoyed it so much I got certified as a journaling facilitator and this unleashed many ideas of applying journaling tools.
Watch this blog as I release 5 journaling idea blogs with 100 ideas covering; setting up a journal, healing and awareness, planning and tracking, creativity and imagination, spiritual growth journaling and manifesting your dreams.
If you want some other topics covered let me know…
Put life into new topics and aspects of living. You can journal on any topic you want. You are only limited by your imagination. Pick about 7 topics below and journal on one per day.
- accomplishments, addictions, adventures, anger, appreciation, art
- bad times, beauty, best times , beliefs, betrayal, body, books, business
- careers, changes, challenges, children , collectibles, computers, confidence, creativity
- darkness, depression, dreams, duty
- emotions/feelings, events
- failures, family, fantasy, fears, fitness , foods , friends, fun, the future
- games, gardens, grief, guilt
- health, hobbies, holidays, houses, humour
- ideas, illnesses, injuries, insights, inspiration, integrity, intellect
- jealousy, jobs, joy
- laws, learning, life, love
Improve your habits, catch your blind spots and stay on track and.
Become more focused, clear, creative, purposeful, aware and balanced. There is magic in taking time to ask yourself the right questions that will pop out the right answers for you.
Prompts stimulate more of the logical, organized, rational left brain. Turn them into questions to simulate more of the open ended, creative, right brain. Write on one or more of these prompts regularly and watch your life change.
- I can be more efficient by …
- Five things I have been procrastinating are …
- My greatest time wasters are …
- What excuses keep me stuck?
- Where am I vulnerable?
- I hold myself back by …
- My 3 greatest fears are …
- What are my pet-peeves, dislikes, hates?
- Where do I not like myself?
- What stresses me?
- My strengths are …
- My weaknesses are …
- What major block needs to be resolved?
Here are a few tips to help you benefit from the power of journaling:
– At least once each week, review the previous week and write about your motives, feelings, insights or miracles that occurred in that week — anything that you consider important to your growth.
– Try using different colors. I have gone through over 100 of the Bic 4 color pens. Each colourful page looks different and I remember them easier. And you can give a different meaning to each color.
– Write in your journal at least 4 times each week, even if you write just a few lines at a time. Create the habit.
– Pick one new topic from your journaling Hot List and write on it. This will help you get out of routine and into something different.
Research has found that the left brain remembers best only 7 or less items when presented with a list. As the list becomes larger, the left brain has a hard time comprehending it. This situation invites the right brain to engage and use its big picture, synthesizing, intuitive approach. The right brain will see the list from new perspectives.
When you stand back from your journaling and take a bird’s eye view, this allows the intuitive right brain to do its processing.
This shows why lists and brainstorming can be a natural intuitive tool.