How Often Should I Journal?

 

My friend Becky journals every day. Dana journals when she has something she needs to sort out in her head. Lilly journals her prayers each night and includes any answered prayers in a different section of her notebook.

The answer is: You can journal as often or as little as you like.                             hand writing

For me, the frequency of my journaling depends on what I’m trying to accomplish. If I just need a place to dump some feelings then I might journal until I feel sufficiently cleared of everything that’s been on my mind. If I’m journaling to solve an issue I’m having either within myself or with others, I might journal regularly for a week or two until I know what my next steps will be. For prayer and Scripture journaling, I like to write at least two or three times a week.

Often people fret over what is the “best” or “right” amount of time to spend writing in your journal. There really is no right or wrong answer here. If you’re not writing because you feel you don’t have enough to say or think it would require too much time and effort, I urge you to let go of that thought. The benefits of keeping a journal are tremendous whether you journal every day or only when you have something you want to sort out.

Here’s a suggestion. Get an inexpensive notebook and take 5 or 10 minutes to write about something that happened during your day. First, describe what happened. Then write about how it made you feel. And finally, what, if anything would you change about it. There you go! Your first journal entry. You can write again tomorrow or not for another month or another year. It’s totally up to you.

Journaling can be addictive! So don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your journal and writing something down again and again and again!

 

Kathy Bornarth, MA, LPC

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Comments

  1. I love journaling! It helps me process, and also in expressing my feelings and prayers.

  2. Kathy, I loved your simple explanation of how to get started. That takes so much of the “I’ve got to write something insightful” feeling away. Also, your treatise of how often to journal is well-taken too. Love it! Go gently now, Amy

  3. Kathy,
    I may reconsider journaling. Years ago I use to keep a journal but I let it fall by the wayside. I am one of those that believed it was something I needed to do daily.

  4. I was just talking to a friend about journaling recently. Passing this great article on to her! Thank you!
    Blessings! Jody

  5. I’m a BIG advocate of journalling (keeping a diary) and promote it a lot as a means of personal therapy on my blog and also in my courses. It has been tremendously healing on so many levels.

  6. I love to journal too. The content of my entries is wide ranging. Sometimes I write to express feelings, other times I write to work through a problem, and then I also write down thoughts on passages of scripture that I’m reading. My favorite time of writing is when God speaks to me through my pen! Thanks for encouraging people to pick up a pencil and start writing.

  7. For me, the greatest thing about journaling is that God shows up and ministers to my heart and gives me words and insight.

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