Bullet Journal Blogging Series: 5 Habits of Successful Journaling

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If you are like me, you’ve set some pretty large goals for yourself and are actively trying to reach them. One of my goals for this year is to journal daily to improve my mental health. There are a lot of stressors in my both at home and at work. I firmly believe that life should be filled with happiness. God only gave me one life–I don’t want to waste it. There needs to be a balance between work, home, and self. In order to find my balance, I am planning to keep a bullet journal.

There are too many times when I, like many others, start something with good intentions and lots of energy, but soon that energy starts to disappear. It’s like when you are running a race. You start off fast and then as you run you grow tired and start to slow down.

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Why Is There A Loss Of Acceleration?

Unrealistic Expectations

Too many times we expect more than we can physically or mentally give. When setting goals, you need to be realistic. It is awesome that you want to shoot for the stars, but unless you are able to hop a spaceship it is unrealistic. Be reasonable. Aim high but shoot small.

Unobtainable Perfectionism

Name one person who is perfect. I bet you can’t. Perfectionism is both a good and bad thing. It gives you something to work toward, but at the same time, if you don’t reach the level you were hoping for your inabilities could negatively impact your mindset and your mood. Realize that no one is perfect. We all have to start from zero and work our way up.

Lack of Time Management Skills

Life is busy. For me, I feel that I am always struggling to keep up. There are so many things that I juggle with every day: work, kids, chores, money, relationships, etc…. The list could go on and on. Time management is necessary when trying to reach the goals I have set for myself.

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Tips For Reaching Your Journaling Goals

  1. When planning your journal content, remember that less is more. Journaling is supposed to help relieve stress, not to create stress.
  2. Journal with a partner or a group. This creates accountability and opportunities to socialize among people with like interests.
  3. Recognize that you are not perfect and accept your imperfections. Everyone has to start somewhere. It doesn’t matter if your journal is not the prettiest or the most organized. Journaling is personal. It is a tool that helps put some order/organization into your life. You don’t do it to impress others.
  4. Make journaling a habit. Journaling needs to be a part of your daily routine. It shouldn’t take a lot of time and it shouldn’t feel like a burden. Ten minutes a day (at the most) is a good goal to set.
  5. Meditate before you begin. Take a few minutes to STOP and reflect before you put pen to paper.

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Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of https://cynthiabrandel.com, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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