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How to Make Time for Journaling When You're Busy

Journaling can be a helpful tool for managing stress, processing difficult emotions, and gaining clarity on personal goals.

Coffee mug and tea pot with woman's hands holding a journal
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However, busyness is often cited as a barrier to journaling regularly. If you struggle to make time for journaling, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Pick a time of day that works for you.

One of the best ways to make time for journaling is to choose a time of day that works for your schedule. If you're a morning person, try setting aside some time to write first thing in the day. Or, if you find it easier to reflect at night, designate a few minutes before bed for journaling. The key is to find a time that you can consistently stick to.

Set a timer

If you're worried about getting lost in your thoughts while journaling, set a timer for 5-10 minutes to help keep yourself on track. This will allow you to focus your thoughts and prevent getting too sidetracked.

Keep it brief

You don't need to write pages and pages in your journal – in fact, keeping it brief can be more effective. If you're short on time, try writing just a few sentences about your day or what's on your mind. You can always add more later if you feel inspired.

Don't worry about perfection.

The goal of journaling is to get your thoughts down on paper rather than to produce perfect prose. So don't worry about grammar, spelling, or sentence structure – focus on getting your ideas out. The beauty of journaling is that it's for you and nobody else, so there's no need to stress about perfection.


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