How Do I Make Journaling A Habit?

How many times have you imagined that idyllic, quiet morning, curled up with a cup of coffee, a fresh notebook, and your favorite pen? You wake up before everyone else in the house, and you’re able to write – uninterrupted – about anything and everything?

Or perhaps you dream about keeping a gratitude journal and reflecting on all of the wonderful things that happened throughout your day before turning out the light.

How many times have you bought that gorgeous notebook believing it will “be the one” only to abandon those crisp white pages after just one or two entries?

If you can relate to any of the above scenarios, then know you’re in good company; what you just read was my own on-again-off-again relationship with journaling for years.

In fact, it wasn’t until the last 12 months that I successfully made journaling a habit that stuck. I am finally filling my notebooks with new ideas and big dreams, and I’m here to tell you that this simple practice has made a night and day difference on my mindset and outlook.

So if you’re also ready to make journaling a habit and experience the many benefits of regular reflection, then keep reading. Because today I am sharing my personal strategies to do just that.

How can I make journaling a habit?

How to Make Journaling A Habit

Journaling Habit 1: Remember Your Why

The first step in making journaling a habit is to remember your why.

What is your motivation for beginning this regular practice? What do you hope to get out of these writing sessions? Why is this habit important to you?

By getting clear on your motivations for establishing this habit, you take an important step forward toward maintaining consistency.

How?

Whenever you consider putting off your writing session because you “don’t feel like it” or you have something “more pressing” to do, you can pause, remember your why, and grab that notebook and pen.

Related: Find Your Why and Boost your Productivity

Journaling Habit 2: Make it Enjoyable

Remember, this journaling time is for you, so make the most of it! Savor your favorite cup of coffee or tea while you write. Listen to some relaxing music. Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and snuggle up with your dog or cat.

When you make the writing experience enjoyable, you look forward to it, which makes it much easier to maintain your journaling habit.

How can I make journaling a habit?

Journaling Habit 3: Find the Perfect Spot

Select one specific area in your home that is dedicated specifically to writing. Is there a comfortable chair, a particular room, or a beautiful window that you especially enjoy?

If so, dedicate it specifically to journaling. Any time you sit in that spot, you know it’s time to pull out your pen and notebook.

For example, I have a favorite chair where I write each morning. I keep a little table next to it for my coffee, and I can watch the sunrise as I write. It’s incredibly relaxing, and I look forward to that quiet time when the rest of the world sleeps.

Journaling Habit 4: Schedule Your Sessions

If you want to make journaling a habit, then you need to schedule a time for it in your calendar.

For so many of us, when we put something in the calendar, it’s as good as done. So just as you schedule a doctor appointment or a meeting for work, schedule time for journaling to help ensure you maintain your habit.

Journaling Habit 5: Use Journal Prompts When Facing Writer’s Block

Sometimes when I sit down to write, I get stuck with a bit of writer’s block. I stare at the blank pages in my journal, and my pen doesn’t move.

Rather than closing the notebook and telling myself, I’ll return when I’m “feeling inspired,” I instead turn to my list of journal prompts. Often just one or two questions is all it takes to get my mind turning and the words flowing.

Are you ready to make journaling a habit? Fantastic! Be sure to grab my 31 journal prompts for busy women here!

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Question:

Do you like to journal? What are your tips to make journaling a habit? Share your thoughts below!

52 thoughts on “How Do I Make Journaling A Habit?”

  1. I really love journaling because it is such a great release… but I dont do it enough! Your tips are sooo helpful, I’m glad I saw this because it will help get me back on track!

  2. Writers block is the killer for me. So hard to get past it sometimes and find the inspiration and motivation to keep going!

  3. Love these tips! I used to be such a dedicated journaler until I had three kids lol. But keeping one by my bedside and seeing it does motivate me more to get it done. 🙂

    1. Ha! Yes, I bet that creates a bit of distraction 🙂 I love that you keep one by your bedside for motivation, though. That’s great!

  4. Journaling has been such a game changer for me. I’ll admit to going through periods of time when I’m more committed to journaling and others when I’m not. It really makes it difference in my headspace though. Gratitude journaling has been my go-to for several years now and like to keep things short and sweet but have found that many times that’s all it takes for me to focus on the important people and things in my life. I cannot wait to take a look at your journaling prompts – thank you!

  5. I love journaling! I’ve been journaling for as long as I have been able to write. It is a sure way to clear my head, and find insight. It also helps keep me refreshed and prepared for blogging!

  6. I miss journaling so much! I always used to keep journals, but as a homeschooling mom of 6 it fell by the wayside years ago! Journaling is so therapeutic and beneficial for self improvement. I look forward to being able to start again someday! I love these tips.

  7. Such helpful tips. I try to keep a small notebook on me at all times (at least in the car!) to always jot down things im grateful for. Helps shift perspective on a crazy day.

  8. Scheduling journaling sessions is so important I do it at night time to clear my head before bed.

  9. I love your tips! Journaling is something Ive been working on for years! I definitely will take your tips and put it to good use 🙂

  10. I journaled all throughout HS and college but stopped after getting married and having a baby. I will have to try scheduling it so I can pick it upa gain!

  11. Journaling is such a great idea!! I love writing so much. I almost feel like my blog articles are like journaling

  12. I love journaling! But I had the same problem when I bought one of the fancy themed journals. They overwhelmed me, lol. But I’ve found a groove with a really basic journal and a set routine. Now I depend on it 🙂

  13. I had the perfect spot on my front porch at our previous home. Our new porch faces the morning glare of the sun. I need to make this a priority because I miss journaling.

  14. Wow-this is just my experience. It’s been tough for me to make this a habit and I know it would be a beneficial form of self care if I could just stick to it. I’m excited to tuck your journal prompts away for when I’m feeling stuck.

  15. This is a great post about keeping on track and accountable for my ‘me’ time which is writing in my journal. Great to keep in mind too when the hectic summer is upon us.

  16. I miss journaling. I really need to make it more of a habit again. I loved it when I did. I wish I had started when the babies were little. It can help with stress and anxiety too.

    1. I agree! It can be such a wonderful stress reliever, can’t it? I hope you’re able to get back into it soon 🙂

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