It’s kind of hard to believe that I’ve already been doing this for five days, but the proof is here…and in my journal. Every morning I’ve woken up early, meditated, wrote a to-do list, and journaled. And I’ve been surprised by how therapeutic that writing and the to-do list have been.
By writing my concerns, thoughts, and plans down, I’ve gotten it out of my mind to an extent. Plus, I feel in control of my day by making a to-do list. It’s definitely decreased the amount of time I walk around feeling like my head is spinning with information. And if I accomplish nothing else all day, I have that nice chunk of reflective writing. There are also a lot of other benefits to journaling, including making it easier to achieve your goals and strengthening your self-discipline (this is huge for me).
So far my writing has mostly reflected on my day: meditating, dinner with my husband, work issues, etc. I’m starting to get a bit bored of that, so I started searching around for journaling ideas. Here are some of the best ones I came across:
- If I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say is…
- What’s one topic you need to learn more about to help you live a more fulfilling life? (Then learn about it.)
- What does unconditional love look like for you?
There are number of other great ideas here, and I’m definitely going to pull from this. I love this because I can get my reflective writing out of the way quickly and then have a little bit of fun.
If you’re into bullet journaling, here’s another things I came across: 23 Bullet Journal Ideas That Are Borderline Genius. I love the idea of bullet journaling, but I know I’d spend way too much time on it…I think my next goal (once I have a solid habit of journaling) is to become more visually creative with my journal.
Does anyone here bullet journal? (Is that a verb?)
How much time do you spend on it?
Reflecting on my meditation…
I tried something different this morning. I wrote my to-do list and journaled before I meditated thinking that it might help me clear my mind before I meditated, but I think it did the opposite. I feel like it woke my brain up and got it turning. Meditating half asleep is much more relaxing way to wake up. Tomorrow we have meditation at work, and I’m going to try to attend. It’s for longer than I’ve been meditating–half an hour vs. ten minutes, but the person who leads it is very good, and I never feel like it goes too long. How long do people feel is a good length of time to meditate?