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How to Build a Journaling Habit in 28 Days

How to Build a Journaling Habit in 28 Days


    Have you wanted to keep a journal but didn’t know where to start or what to do to make the habit stick? Have you wanted to gain all of the benefits of journaling like understanding yourself and others better, learning about yourself, connecting cause and effects in your life, and passing on your legacy to loved ones, but couldn’t keep with a daily writing regimen?

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    We’ve discussed how journaling can help you become a better person, but you need to be consistent with it. You can’t be sporadic with it. You must take the time (and make the time) to put your thoughts, ideas, and reflections on paper so that you can hit that next level.

    There are plenty of reasons to keep a journal:

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    • To complete and compare your GTD Weekly Review;
    • To capture moments for your children and grandchildren to share;
    • To foster gratitude and goodwill within yourself (and to others);
    • To keep focused on what you want and how you are getting there;
    • To reflect;
    • …and many more.

    If you’ve wanted to start building a journaling habit, no matter if you plan on using a digital or analog platform, we’ve created a new Lifehack Lesson that will help you do just that.

    There’s no doubt that sticking to this daily habit of journaling can be difficult, but with this Lesson you can gain the benefits of learning about yourself as well as passing your story on to others by building this habit in just 28 days.

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    You can get instant access to today’s Lifehack Lesson for free until August 22, 2012. And if you want to have access to all of the Lessons we have to offer, you can subscribe to Lifehack Lessons for only $4.99 a month.

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    By building a journaling habit, you’ll find that you’ll be giving yourself a better chance at a more focused and fulfilled life. Give it a try — you might be surprised at the results.

    (Photo credit: Vintage Notebook via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on September 17, 2019

    10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

    10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

    Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

    But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

    Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

    1. Spend Time with Positive People

    If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

    Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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    2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

    When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

    Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

    3. Contribute to the Community

    One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

    Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

    4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

    Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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    5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

    You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

    If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

    There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

    6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

    It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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    Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

    7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

    Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

    Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

    8. Offer Compliments to Others

    Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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    9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

    If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

    Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

    10. Practice Self-Care

    Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

    Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

    Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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