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All types of journaling are helpful in gathering data about your inner and outer worlds.
It just depends on your current needs and context.
3 types of journaling to have in your toolkit:
Instead of suppressing negative emotions, let everything out on paper:
Stop writing the moment you feel like you’ve run out of things to say.
Don’t read what you just wrote. Instead, step back from your journal:
Prompts are useful for:
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You should find yourself using prompt journaling most of the time, such as for your periodic (daily, weekly, etc.) reviews.
As a rule of thumb, prompts should:
Brain dumping, also known as “stream of consciousness” journaling or Morning Pages, has 2 simple rules:
It’s like rant journaling, but without the intense negative emotions.
Instead, you’re driven by a goal—usually a target page count or word count.
Forcing yourself to keep writing is what helps you get unstuck.
Write down, as many as you can:
Then, implement one of the solutions in Step 3 and collect data on whether it works.
Bonus: You can also use prompts to kickstart your brain dump.
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Here's a simple toolkit for using journaling to manage your emotions, track your progress, and get unstuck.
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