Declutter Your Daily Journal for a Fresh Spring Start
Thursday, March 9, 2017
If you haven’t started keeping your daily journal, it’s about time you changed that. What’s more, the way you keep, decorate and design your journal is equally important as having one in the first place. Now, don’t get scared. There is no rule that limits the look of your journal. This is something extremely personal and the only guideline is to tailor it according to your own taste and needs. Let this process be fun and inspirational for you. Remember, you will be the only one who gets to look at this journal, so don’t let anything limit your creativity.
Get more organized
The obvious benefit of daily journaling is a gradual sense of getting more organized as time goes by. This is especially important if you want to get your life back on track, without stress and worry that come with a constant struggle to finish your tasks. You don’t have to remind yourself to write a to-do list every single day. Commit to writing your main responsibilities for the whole week in advance and add new tasks as they come up. But, don’t make this too serious and businesslike. You have to like what you see, at least visually, in order not to feel too burdened with chores. Use colorful markers to write and tick the points in your list. Make sure you don't overdo the art within the journal since it can have the opposite effect rather than intended one - to organize. You can use a tidy, crisp calligraphy pen to avoid any smudges, and provide an elegant and simple look.
Ease your mind
Not only can a daily journal help you keep your focus and stick to your schedule, but it can also calm you down and help get your emotions in order. Basically, your journal doesn’t have to be just a crude set of to-do lists. Make sure that you have one part of the journal dedicated to your thoughts, daily events and emotions. Writing about those things is actually very healthy. It can help you get over your problems faster, as well as act as a lovely reminder of who you were and how all your physical and mental declutter helped you become a better you. It doesn’t have to be too long. If you really want to get creative, you can try coming up with poems that describe how you feel or use motivational quotes that fit perfectly for a certain day in your life. By all means, write about both good and bad things. If you truly want a fresh spring start, strive for balance. Don’t discard the yin-yang theory because being aware of both aspects of your life will make you stronger, more energetic, positive and, ultimately, happier.
Set your goals
The third part of your daily journal should focus on things that you want to achieve. If you write your goals, you will never forget them, and the chances are that you’re only going to get more persistent. Of course, use as many artistic tools as you want to spice up and personalize the look of this segment of your journal as well.
Of course, don’t forget that you can jazz up the covers of your journal, too. There are plenty of ideas online when it comes to this bit. But, in essence, you can do pretty much anything, from decoupage, drawing, gluing decorative bits and bobs, making a collage out of different materials, etc. Keep it personal and exciting. While all other aspects of physical and mental declutter require some hard work and a dose of seriousness, your journal can be a creative and uniquely personal outlet that encourages you to do your best in all the other fields.
Your journal is your story. Therefore, write it however you see fit. Once you understand how simple this truth is, you will be able to apply it in your life as well. There’s nothing magical in keeping a journal, though. It’s just a very creative and fun process which will show you that true magic lies within your own hands.