“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” (Oscar Wilde)
I never really got on with diary writing in the past. Of course, I had heard that it was supposed to be good practice, and I always bought blank books regularly since my youth and made the resolution to write. But it did not come to it, or I gave it up after 2–3 days again.
Meanwhile, I have found an easy way to incorporate it into my morning routine and write daily.
Effects of Journal Writing
Many psychologists comment on the positive effects of journal writing, and it has also been integrated into therapy.
The German psychologist Inge Seiffge-Krenke described five main functions of journal writing:
- emotional relief,
- self-criticism, and
- the diary as a confidant.
She has found out that journal writing increases creativity.
Elisabeth Mardorf, another German psychologist, also sees journal writing as an essential aid in personality development and problem-solving. She says that perceiving one’s weaknesses and eventually integrating them is part of human development.
She believes that no therapist can replace a person’s self-knowledge gained through an honest examination of oneself.
Already 1966, Ira Progroff developed the Intensive Journal Method in New York. The Intensive Journal Method is a structured way of writing that enables the writer to achieve spiritual and personal growth.
Journal Writing as a Morning Routine
So if journal writing has positive effects, why not try it out for yourself? One difficulty is certainly to integrate it into your daily routine. A good option is to incorporate diary writing as part of your morning routine. Just 10 minutes a day will bring good results.
So what is the best way to start?
- Place: make sure you have a quiet and undisturbed location.
- Time: give journal writing a fixed place in your morning routine, for example, always 10 minutes in the end. Set yourself a timer
- Writing instrument: it doesn’t matter if you write by hand or on a computer. Forget about spelling, punctuation, and grammar. If you don’t like to write, you can also use voice recordings.
- Topic and Procedure: write about what is important to you right now and what comes to mind.
- Honesty: the more honest you are with yourself, the more profitable the findings. What you write is only for you.
- Mood and emotions: intense study of a subject can lead to a severe mood, which is perfectly normal. The negative emotions pass and often give way to relief.
- I use the app Lifecraft. I find it very easy to write with, and pictures can be integrated if needed.
- Some people find it easier to write if they decide at the beginning what to do with their texts: burn them, tear them up, delete them from the hard drive or keep them and reread them with some distance.
- If the topic you are writing about is very upsetting or traumatic, you should change the subject, stop writing, and possibly seek professional, therapeutic help.
Now nothing stands in the way of a successful start to your journal writing. Start right away with your new morning routine and experience self-knowledge, relief, and creativity.
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