Last month, I decided to start journaling (as I mentioned in “Daily Journaling for Creativity“)
For some of the time since then, I decided to log my experiences with and related to journaling.
I tried to start strong by writing a lot on my first day of journaling. I managed to fill a lot of space (most of it is garbage, but this is supposed to be “freewriting,” right?) I’m already worried that I’ll be repeating myself day after day in this process.
I couldn’t think of anything to say. I pretty much just described my day in my journal, like a diary.
I set the timer for 10 minutes, and stared at the blank page. I didn’t even notice the time going by until the timer went off. Because the rule is that I have to journal something, I just wrote “I don’t know what to journal today,” and then left it alone. This feels like a failure.
I forgot to journal those days. 😦
I am now setting a daily alarm to remind me to journal.
The alarm helped me remember to journal, but I didn’t have anything to say. I recapped the day.
Day 8: I was determined to do better this time, so I forced myself to actually write the entire time. The result was pages of jibberish. Um, maybe that will go somewhere?
Days 9 through 13 were about the same, day recaps followed by jibberish when I ran out of thoughts, but I’m trying.
I managed some more coherent thoughts this time.
Today was a rough day, and journaling about it turned out to be pretty cathartic.
For most of the journaling session today, I felt like I had nothing to say, and typed randomly for several minutes. I did end up with a creative idea I feel good about at the end of it, though.
Today, separately from journaling, I worked on some writing for a future post, and it went better than I expected it to. Not sure if this is because of the journaling, but I definitely felt good about it.
Days 18 through 26 were several days in a row of pretty good journaling sessions and improving emotional health. (these days combined in the post to avoid repetition)
I missed that day because I got sick and did not feel up to sitting at the computer.
Days 28 and on went pretty well.
I don’t have as much to report as I’d hoped. I realize now that one month was not enough time to do an accurate case study (but for accountability, because I promised this post, I published it anyway). I did get better at the process of journaling as the month went on. I think what I’ll do now is continue this practice and see if anything else changes. However, this time, I won’t promise an update as quickly as one month from now.
This post is late as a result of illness over the time I would normally organize and publish a post. I’ll be back on normal posting schedule now, though.