As you probably know, journaling is the practice of writing down your thoughts and feelings in a book, similar to a diary. There are many ways to journal and different types of journals, from keeping a gratitude journal you write in just 5 minutes a day, to choosing something more complex like a bullet journal.
While it is great to use a journal during any time of the year, there are some unique benefits to starting one in the new year. January 1st always feels like a new start, where you feel like you can start over, be better, and do better. This is why many New Years’ resolutions are about getting healthier, being more organized, or trying to keep up with your personal and professional obligations.
If you feel like you have been lacking or looking for a good outlet to get your life together, more organized, and be the healthiest version of yourself, you should consider starting a journal for the new year.
Now is a great time to get ready, as you try to find the best journal and writing utensils. If you try something like a bullet journal or art journal, make sure you get other supplies as well. In the following 8 sections, you will be learning the following:
Why you should start journaling in the new year
Different types of journals to use
How and why you should consider a bullet journal
Types of goals and lists for a journal
What a 5-minute gratitude journal is and how to use it
Finding time to journal daily
How to use the journal for your New Years’ resolutions
Questions that help you get started with writing
Keep reading if you want to learn more about starting a journaling practice in the new year.
- Why You Should Start Journaling in the New Year
Lots of people start journaling in January, and there are some clear benefits to doing so. Keeping a journal can help you to deal with stress, provide a serious mental boost, and even support your mental health. If you want to know why the new year is a good time to start journaling, here are some things to consider:
Life can be stressful. While it is often possible to cut causes of stress out of your life, it isn’t possible to eliminate it entirely. Instead, it is important to find healthy ways to deal with that stress. Journaling isn’t the only option, but it is one of the best.
Journaling gives you a chance to sort through all of the things that happened during the day and work through your feelings about them. Since writing doesn’t provoke strong emotions as easily as talking about things, it also gives you a little bit of distance that can help you to understand the situation. In some cases, it can even act as an outlet for anger or frustration that doesn’t involve getting into a conflict with another human.
Most people forget things far more often than they realize. Keeping a journal will give you an opportunity to take notes on your life while you still remember things clearly, so that you can check back on the details later. At a practical level, this will make sure that you can remember any good ideas that you have for when you have time to pursue them. At an emotional level, it will keep a record of the good times in your life so that you can look back on them when things are a little bit harder.
Humans don’t remember all events equally. We tend to remember bad things more clearly than good things, and our emotional responses to events can change the way that we remember them over time. You can avoid that problem by writing things down in your journal and looking through them later.
It will help you paint a picture of events as they really happened, which can give you valuable perspective on the balance of good and bad things in your life. It’s just like looking at history to get a better grasp on how well the world is doing at the moment, but at a personal level.
Your journal can also help if you find yourself getting discouraged when you try new things. That often happens when people focus on their failures and ignore their successes. If you write down your victories as they happen, you will get a clear record of your success. That will act as proof that you can succeed at things, and looking at that proof will be a powerful motivator when you feel discouraged in life.
It is a really amazing way to keep track of your New Years’ resolutions, no matter what they are, so that alone is a good reason to start journaling in January.