The Beginner's Guide to Journaling: Tips for Getting Started
Journaling is an excellent way to reflect on your thoughts and feelings, set goals, and gain self-awareness. If you are new to journaling, getting started can feel a little overwhelming at first; so here's 5 tips to help you get started...

1. Start Small: 
The thought of filling an entire journal with your thoughts may seem a little daunting. All you need to do is start small! Begin by committing to writing just a few sentences, bullet points, or keep a list of gratitude each day. This will help you build your journaling habit and pretty soon you will find yourself writing more and more. 

2. Find Your Inspiration: 
Sometimes, it can be challenging to figure out what you desire to write about. Finding inspiration is easier than you might think though. Start by writing down the things that are presently on your mind, use journaling such as: "Today I am grateful for..." or "What are my top priorities this week?" Inside my  Journaling Store I provide monthly journaling prompts to take out the guesswork of what you should be writing about, plus weekly group journaling and personal growth coaching inside my Journaling Community.  

3. Be Consistent: 
Consistency is the key to building any new habit...and this includes journaling. Do your best to journal at the same time every day, even if it just for 5 minutes. This will help you develop a routine and make journaling a regular part of your day. I share this tip more in details inside my FREE Journaling Routine Starter Kit, which you can grab HERE

4. Overcoming Common Journaling Challenges: 
Journaling can be challenging for many reasons, but two common ones are lack of time and self-censorship. To overcome lack of time, try setting aside a specific time each day for journaling. Even 5 minutes of journaling is better than none. To overcome self-censorship, try writing without worrying about grammar or spelling. Just allow yourself to free-write without any judgement. Remember, the goal is to get your thoughts and feelings down on paper, not to write a perfect essay. 

5. Embrace Imperfection: 
Many people struggle with perfectionism, myself included! Perfectionism can prevent you from starting your journaling practice - we can't let that get in the way. Your journal is a personal space just for you, and there's no right or wrong way to go about it. Allow yourself to make mistakes and to embrace the imperfections in your journaling practice. 

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth. By starting small, finding your inspiration, being consistent, overcoming common challenges, and embracing imperfection, you can begin your own journaling practice. 

Download my FREE Journaling Routine Starter Kit HERE. Inside I share with you how to set up your journaling routine, my 3 minute writing secret, plus 5 journaling prompts to guide you on getting started. I'll even give you a bonus resource on how to upgrade your journaling experience! 


Leave a Comment