How To Journal For Self-Improvement
Every day we are growing. We grow as people as we get older, we grow after combatting trauma, we grow for the sake of ourselves.
When it comes to self-improvement, this is not a way to criticize the way we are or disregard our personality, but it is a way of developing and growing as individuals.
We are all on a journey, and everyone’s journey is different. More so, everyone’s journey is personal, so because of this it is essential to explore this in a personal manner.
One way to do this is through journaling, but how do we start?
Reasons Behind Self-Improvement
Although everyone’s journey is their own, there are some clear reasons for wanting to grow as a person.
Self-improvement plays a big role in people’s lives for it helps a person to grow and become a better version of themselves.
Improves Quality Of Life
One reason for self-improvement is the way it can transform a person’s quality of life. A person may choose to wake up early every morning and this, in turn, can be beneficial for their health and wellbeing.
This may also affect how they work which could lead to a promotion and a happier workplace. By changing small things in your life, you will be able to sustain a good quality of life.
Increases Self Confidence
Making changes to improving can also affect a person’s confidence. This is not to say that an introvert will suddenly become an extrovert but instead this change in self will allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Finally, you are able to overcome things which were holding you back in life. This sense of accomplishment and newfound discovery is enough to make anyone feel confident.
A person’s self-improvement journal can be plainly down to love. We may love ourselves so much that we want to make the most out of life. Or perhaps we struggle to love ourselves and use self-improvement as a way to learn.
How To Journal For Self-Improvement
One of the best ways to go on this journey of self-improvement is through journaling. Journaling is a way to get your thoughts down on paper, set goals for yourself and keep a personal journal.
For many, journaling is the best way to move forward. So, how can we do this?
Below, we will be exploring the best ways to journal for self-improvement.
Plan Your Day
Every day, write a list in your journal of tasks for the day. These tasks can be something as small as sorting out the laundry or as big as getting your car repaired. Of course, these tasks have to be enjoyable too.
Perhaps you want to indulge in some reading or continue that painting. By writing things down and having a laid-out plan, you are taking control of your life and will get to feel that satisfaction of crossing that task out when completed.
Note Your Thoughts
Another great use of journaling is to note your thoughts on paper. By doing so, you can reflect on your day and use this as a way to plan for a better tomorrow. Did you have an argument with a coworker? Write this down.
Perhaps you learnt a new skill. Write this down. Everything you do, no matter how big or small, has value in your journal and can change the way you think.
Even if you write down that you woke up and watched movies all day, this written reflection of your time can make for a better tomorrow.
Find A Safe Place
For many, finding a safe place for their journal makes the process of writing things down more comforting.
It will feel good to know that your thoughts and feelings are protected from unwanted eyes and by doing this it will also encourage you to write.
It is easy to lose productivity and neglect writing, but journaling is a core step to self-improvement. To stay motivated, be sure that your journal is locked away and secure.
Journaling Should Not Be Forced
If you force yourself to write in your self-improvement journal then you will not be gaining anything from it.
Journaling is there to help you get your thoughts together and to encourage you to discover yourself, but this cannot be done through force. If one day you do not have anything to write, skip a day and wait until you can.
When it comes to writing, it is also important to remember that there is no right or wrong. Try not to think too much about what you are writing and don’t plan what you are going to write either.
As soon as that pen hits the paper, let the words come out naturally.
Many people go on journeys to help better their lives and themselves as individuals, and the reasons behind doing so are personal for each person.
It could be because they want to make a difference in their lives and learn to love themselves.
It could be that they already love the life they live and want to make the most out of it. Maybe they are striving to find that self-confidence or are looking for a better quality of life. The list of reasons is endless.
When it comes to self-improvement, it is important to acknowledge that life cannot be improved overnight. It takes time, dedication and strength.
For many people, self-improvement means battling hidden demons and becoming vulnerable, so this journey can be difficult. But with a journal, the road to self-improvement becomes easier.
Journaling is not difficult to do because only a few steps are required. In this journal, plan out your day and check off everything that has been completed to gain a sense of fulfillment.
Note down your every thought including your thoughts throughout the day and current thoughts to release those emotions.
Feel secure by finding a safe place to keep your journal and to encourage you to keep writing. And most importantly, remember self-improvement is a steady journey – do not force it.
Author: Michelle Landeros, LMFT
Michelle Landeros is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). She is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families thrive.
Last updated: September 24, 2023