This article answers the question of “where can I journal”?
Is anyone familiar with the saying, “Just write?” It resonates with many people who are just starting to journal and get stuck with the other familiar phrase, “I don’t know what to say…” This sentence, “Just write,” is often the mantra to help break the impasse of a creative block to help facilitate the start of many first journal entries. The power of journaling should not be underestimated, as we have learned that journals give us a place to put down our thoughts and make sense of them. Journals are a place where thoughts can become organized and perhaps be seen in a different lens. Journaling is also a habit of almost every powerful leader and inspirational speaker throughout history. Just to name a few, from Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill, they all journaled.
So, let’s break down the benefits of what journaling is and what it can do for you by using the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why! This is the 4th part of our 5 part series on The 5 W’s of Journaling: Where.
Where? Where you feel comfortable.
People who journal will offer encouragement that you find a place where you feel the most comfortable. This may be outside on your deck with a cup of coffee in the morning, or at your place of work before you go home. The most important piece of advice when starting out is understanding that the place where you choose to journal should offer you some comfort and peace of mind so you can focus solely on you, your thoughts, and your feelings. This is a chance for focus on you in your day.
It’s also important to know that if we designate a specific place for our journaling, just like setting times in the previous “When” article, it will help create routine. If you begin to choose particular places that you enjoy journaling, you will start to notice that you associate that space with writing in your journal. Once journaling becomes routine it’ll be second nature, and you may find that the where will not matter as much if you are needing to get a thought or feeling down on paper and out of your head.
So, “Just write”, because no matter what you put down no one is grading you. Journaling is a self-edited place where only you can oversee what you have written and reflected. You are the author of your self-care, and how you to choose to write it can produce powerful results. The benefits of journaling are endless and may offer insights into your life that you have never experienced before, or haven’t taken the time to reflect on just yet. The “Where” of the 5 W’s is just a starting point for you but the most important lesson to learn is to pick up a pen, paper, and “Just write”!
Next up in our series on The 5 W’s of Journaling is Part 5 – Why.