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Jan 13, 2021
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You Need to Start Journaling…Now

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Olivia Dutcher
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'm sure you’ve heard hundreds and hundreds of people talk to you about the power of journaling. And, trust me, I know that it gets annoying hearing the exact same statistics over and over again. But, I have to be annoying! Journaling is really something that changes lives. Millionaires do it, billionaires do it, basically, anyone who successful in some capacity recommends journaling. However, instead of spewing random facts at you about the power of journaling, I’m just going to talk about my experience of journaling for one week straight.

On day one, I was really not in the mood to pull out my journal. I just wanted to get started with my day, grab my coffee, and get going. But instead, I sat down to journal. It was definitely hard to sit down and do it, but when I did, I genuinely felt better. I felt more calm and ready to take on the day. It didn’t seem like some sort of miracle device, but my head did feel a lot more clear after taking a moment to just write down my thoughts.

On day two, I was actually excited to sit down and journal. There’s isn’t really much to say about day two, I did it and felt as good as I did on day one.

On day three, I was dreading journaling. I have really busy days on Tuesdays so getting up five minutes earlier to sit down and journal sounded so stupid to me, to be honest. But, since I was being held accountable by this article, I did it. And, I honestly didn’t feel bad on this day after journaling. Which is totally fine! Theoretically, it could’ve helped me and I didn’t even know, but at that moment I felt just as annoyed as I want to start.

On day four, I have a lot more motivation to journal than the day before. On this day, I journaled about my dream that night and it was honestly so much fun! And, now when I look back at it, I’ll remember my dream—which I NEVER do.

Day five was the craziest, I didn’t you only didn’t even have to remind myself to the journal. I just went to my desk and did it before I got ready. Even before brushing my teeth, I decided to pull out my journal and write about what I had to do for the day! It’s so so nice to just put all my thoughts on paper and I was honestly shocked at how quickly the habit started building.

On day six, I literally forgot to journal in the morning. And when I got home I realized that I never did it. I’m not doing it during my morning routine definitely put a little bit of a cramp in my style. I definitely did not want to do it when I got home from work, but I forced myself to. And when I did, it felt pretty good!

On the last day of this experiment, I was REALLY excited to the journal. I had a really good dream the night before, so super excited to write it down. And then I got ready for the day and felt so good about that a little bit in my morning routine.

Overall

This was honestly such a great experiment! And I will definitely be incorporating journaling into my daily routine and to continue to build a habit of journaling in the morning. Obviously, you can’t build a habit overnight, but this was definitely a great kickstart. And, I can confirm that all of the obnoxious things they say about journaling is totally true.

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