How to Use Journaling to Change Your Life

How to Use Journaling to Change Your Life


Journaling is a global practice today. People journal for many reasons, including therapy, goal setting, planning, studying, and legacy. This list can get miles long. Some people keep several journals at a time for different purposes. 


You may have been hearing people talk about how transformative their journaling journey has been, and you should know it's not a joke. Journaling can be a great tool to help you grow into the person you ultimately desire to be. In this article, we'll discuss just how you can start your own journey of personal development and change your life using journaling.



If you are looking to make changes in your life, large or small, it would benefit you to document your journey in a personal journal. Journaling is important, because making changes to your life is not an easy task.


As you move along your path to a better version of yourself, you may get tired, frustrated, or even sidetracked. During rough times, it's not uncommon to feel like you haven't made any progress, or to feel that you just want to give up. BUT if you have a written record of your journey so far, you can look back and see where you were before and see how much you've grown over time.


Below are some practical ways you can use journaling to change your life for the better. 


  1. Write down the ways in which you would like for your life to change. This will help to keep you focused on what matters. Life gets busy, and if you don't have your goals written down, you can get distracted and end up focusing on something completely different. Make sure you have something concrete that you can refer to at any given time.

  2. Write down where you are currently as it relates to each of your goals. It's always good to know your starting point. That way, you'll get a better picture of how much you grow over time. 

  3. Put a date on it. Date as many things as you possibly can. Record the date for when you start your journey. Record the date for each entry in your journal. You may even take it a step further and add the time of your entries as well. Record the dates of milestones, and of course the dates of accomplishment. Doing this causes you to be more accountable for doing what you say you're going to do, and it gives a realistic idea of how long it actually takes to realize certain goals.

  4. Track your thoughts, progress, losses, and wins along the way. The purpose of tracking your thoughts and progress is so that you provide your future self with a clear picture of what's happening along your journey.

  5. Track your emotions along the way. Tracking your emotions help, especially if you have an off day or a rough patch, because you can look back and see how you were feeling and what you were going through at the time. If you only document how well you did, you may not understand the full picture when referring to it in the future.

  6. Reread your journal throughout your journey. When you go back and reread what you've written every now and then, you learn more about yourself. You may start to recognize patterns and certain behaviors. You may uncover more things you want or need to add to your list of life changes. Reading your thoughts and experiences can provide great insight on the person you were in the past as well as the person you are when you read back.


These tips should help get you started on making positive changes to your life. Fair warning though, embarking on a personal development journey will likely set you on a path to a never-ending elevation.


Ask anyone who has engaged in personal development, and she will tell you that it's addictive. You may start with one area and end up in another, and another, and another.


Personal development is a lifelong commitment. The moment you develop in one area of your life, it will most definitely lead to another. Many blessings on your journey. Happy journaling, friend!

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