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How to Journal (A Simple Guide for Self-Discovery)

Posted Aug 07 2012 1:58pm

How to journal is a common question in life/corporate coaching, with this simple guide you’ll find out how to journal on your terms – sparking the path towards self-discovery.

“Journaling is the practice of self-discovery by writing to yourself” ~ Chade Meng Tan (Google)

One of the great things about journalling is that it brings out what may not be in clear, conscious view. When we practice how-to journal we shift from communicating our thoughts with another person, to simply letting your thoughts flow onto paper to see what arises.

It may seem like taking the time to learn how to journal may not be the most effective use of time, though you’d be surprised at what arises and what can come to you after reflecting on previous days entries.

On top of it all, turns out after scientific research that those who learn how to journal and keep a steady regimen boost their productivity by up to three times!

Chade Meng Tan from Google poses a great insight into looking at journalling as a mindfulness practice for thoughts and emotions – Chade state that when you learn how to journal you’re taking an active mindful stance by “paying moment-to-moment, non-judging attention to thoughts and emotions as they arise; and facilitate their flow by putting them on paper.”

How-To Journal:

The best approach while learning how to journal is to try not to think about what you’re going to write – just write. It can be about the chosen prompt or anything else that comes to mind. If you run out of things to write about… write about the fact that you’ve run out of things to write about until you have something to write about again.

Get started, learn how to journal with these prompts:

  • What I am feeling now is…
  • I am aware that…
  • What motivates me is…
  • I am inspired by…
  • Today, I aspire to…
  • What hurts me is…
  • I wish…
  • Others are…
  • I made a happy mistake…
  • Love is…

These are more focused on self-inquiry: 

  • Things that give me pleasure are…
  • My strengths are…
  • Things that annoy me are…
  • My weaknesses are…
  • My core values are…
  • I stand for…
  • Who are you and what are you doing?
  • How do you feel?
  • What do people say about you?

For additional journalling prompts and how to journal ideas check out this link.  Also, If you’re more of the visualizing type you can check out my guided audio practice in “how to visualize your perfect day” by clicking here.

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