Creating a personal journal writing routine
Creating a personal journal writing routine may seem overwhelming when you’re wondering “When will I find time to write”? The short answer is, it’s essential to create the time. You can start small. Even five minutes set aside for writing can help form a habit that can be built upon later. From my own experiences, I have realized how beneficial keeping a personal journal can be. That being said, my personal journal writing routine has shifted with my life’s circumstances over the years.
First, how often would you like to write? Daily? Once a week? Somewhere in between?
My suggestion for creating a routine would be to plan anywhere ranging from once a week to daily journal writing. Currently, I write, on average, about twice a week in my personal journal. While I’ve written most every day in the past, presently, writing about twice a week is usually sufficient for me to write my experiences and thoughts down for the week. Part of the reason I write fewer days in my personal journal is because it’s is not the only journal I keep on a weekly basis. In addition to my personal journal, I write, a few times a week, in my scripture journals (CLICK HERE to read more about wide margin scripture journaling, CLICK HERE to read more about verse by verse scripture journaling), I also rotate between a few other types of journals. Additionally, I will write more often in my personal journal if I’m working through a challenge, or just feel I need to write more.
As with any routine, if for some reason you miss that week, continue on and move forward the next week. While I am usually consistent, there are weeks when it just doesn’t happen.
Second, look for time you might already have available to write. If you don’t notice any at first, is there something you could shift in your day to create time?
Again, all it takes to start is as little as five minutes of time. Think of how long you would ideally like to write and, also, what time you have available. Consider adding it into your morning or bedtime routine. If necessary, you could set a timer and only write until it goes off. A little amount of time spent writing each day (or week) will start to add up.
Rather than scheduling an exact time, I prefer to plan a time when I can write in my journal or do another activity. I set aside time each day for either journal writing, study, reading, or some other type of writing. I can choose what would serve me the best for that day and at that time.
With the hope to encourage my kids to write or read, we have set weekly time aside we refer to as “quiet time.” It’s half an hour of time set aside to do something quiet. They don’t spend the entire time writing, more like five to ten minutes before moving on to another quiet activity. Also, they don’t always choose to use that time for writing, but it’s available to them if they choose to use it for that intent. Additionally, it’s another pocket of time I can use to write.
Third, choose a time to write and a way to remember that time.
Ideas for reminding yourself it’s time to write, may include:
- Literally, setting a reminder on your phone that it’s time to write in your journal.
- Share your journal writing goal with someone close to you and ask them to help keep you accountable.
- Associate it with an activity you already have in your routine. After you do that activity you’ll know that it’s time to write. To create a “quiet time” routine our family knows that we have that time reserved following church on Sunday. After our family arrives home they can change out of their dress clothes, have a snack, and then they know it’s “quiet time.”
Lastly, review how the routine you’ve created for writing is working for you.
Does the time you’ve set aside work well for you? Would you benefit from setting additional time aside to write? Would a different day or time work better for you? Re-adjust your routine until you find what works best for you. Keep in mind, your routine may require readjustment in the future as your life and schedule change. It’s worth the time and effort- keep pressing forward!