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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 February 13, 2019

    10 Things Happy People Do Differently

    10 Things Happy People Do Differently

    Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.

    Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, then check out these 10 things happy people do differently.

    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

    1. Happy people find balance in their lives.

    Folks who are happy have this in common: they’re content with what they have, and don’t waste a whole lot of time worrying and stressing over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people lead balanced lives. This means they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s family, friends, career, health, religion, etc.

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    2. Happy people abide by the golden rule.

    You know that saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Well, happy people truly embody this principle. They treat others with respect. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people. They’re compassionate. And they get treated this way (most of the time) in return.

    3. Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.

    One of the biggest things happy people do differently compared to unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this, are able to take things in stride, and move on. Unhappy people tend to dwell on minor inconveniences and issues, which can perpetuate feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, greed, and anger.

    4. Happy people take responsibility for their actions.

    Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it. They recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way. Happy people, on the other hand, live by the mantra:

    “There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”

    5. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.

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      One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.

      6. Happy people are honest with themselves and others.

      People who are happy often exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. They would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.

      7. Happy people show signs of happiness.

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        This one may sound obvious but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. Their posture may be slouched and you may perceive a lack of confidence.

        8. Happy people are passionate.

        Another thing happy people have in common is their ability to find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.

        9. Happy people see challenges as opportunities.

        Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow. They turn negatives into positives and make the best out of seemingly bad situations. They don’t dwell on things that are out of their control; rather, they seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles.

        10. Happy people live in the present.

        While unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, happy people live in the moment. They are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is:

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        There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” Because life is a gift.

        So if you’d like to bring a little more happiness into your life, think about the 10 principles above and how you can use them to make yourself better.

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