6 Tips for How to Write a Journal - Deepstash
How To Learn Anything Fast

Learn more about mindfulness with this collection

The importance of practice and repetition in learning

How to stay motivated and avoid burnout while learning

How to break down complex concepts into manageable parts

How To Learn Anything Fast

Discover 38 similar ideas in

It takes just

4 mins to read

6 Tips for How to Write a Journal

6 Tips for How to Write a Journal

Now you know why journaling can be helpful. But how should you journal? It is very personal, and you should do what works best for you. But I will give you some tips to help you get started.

  1. Choose your kind of journal
  2. Date your entry
  3. Tell the truth
  4. Write down details
  5. Write down what you felt
  6. Write a lot or a little

138

601 reads

MORE IDEAS ON THIS

1. Choose your kind of journal

1. Choose your kind of journal

You have several options for how to keep your journal.

A book, where you write with a pen or pencil onto paper: Write in a book that is not so pretty you are afraid to write in it. Keep the size small enough you don’t mind carrying it in your messenger bag, and big enough y...

117

495 reads

PAT CONROY

Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.

PAT CONROY

120

767 reads

2. Find old friends

2. Find old friends

Keeping a journal can help you find old friends. One of the women I met on November 26th, 1978, wrote down her address. I found her on Facebook and just sent her a message. (Social media and Google can also help, but the journal did remind me of her name.)

115

762 reads

JESSAMYN WEST

People who keep journals have life twice.

JESSAMYN WEST

125

863 reads

3. Tell the truth

3. Tell the truth

The journal is a record of how you felt and what you did. Telling the truth will make you a reliable storyteller.

If you haven’t cleaned the seven litter boxes for a week, don’t write that you clean them every day simply because you want your readers one hundred years from now to think you ...

119

431 reads

When to Journal

When to Journal

There is no right or wrong time to write in a journal. Write when you will remember to do it. Do you always brush your teeth before you go to bed? Have writing in your journal be part of your bedtime routine. Perhaps put it on your bedside table, or beside your hammock, or on the floor beside you...

115

393 reads

1. Remember details

1. Remember details

When I travelled to Europe in 1978 I kept a journal.

There were several details of my trip, that I had completely forgotten until I re-read the journals.

Recording the details of your life can enrich your stories.

122

876 reads

PAMELA HODGES

A journal is a diary of your life. Who you are, who you were with, and where you want to go.

PAMELA HODGES

119

609 reads

6. Write a lot or a little

6. Write a lot or a little

A journal entry doesn’t have to be three pages long. It can be a few words that describe what happened, a few sentences about the highlight of your day, or it can be a short description of an event from your day, where you describe details to help you remember what happened. Like, what time of da...

117

374 reads

2. Date your entry

2. Date your entry

You think you will remember when it happened, but without a written date, you might forget.

118

535 reads

3. Help process feelings and ideas

3. Help process feelings and ideas

When you keep thoughts in your head it can be hard to know how you think and feel. Writing down how you feel will help you process your emotions, as feelings become words, which can be then be edited.

124

709 reads

4. Write down details

4. Write down details

Record details like the time, location, who you were with, what you were wearing. Details will help bring the memory alive when you record using your five senses.

To this day, if I smell a certain kind of Japanese soup, I can remember vividly the day I flew to Korea to renew my Japanese vis...

121

431 reads

<p><strong>Software:</strong> ...

Software: There are several software applications on the market you can use to journal. Be sure they sync to the cloud, as you don’t want to lose your entries because you fry your computer hard-drive.

Journey and 

116

417 reads

5. Write down what you felt

5. Write down what you felt

What you were thinking? Were you mad? Sad? Happy? Write down why.

117

491 reads

4 Advantages of Keeping a Journal

4 Advantages of Keeping a Journal

There are many reasons why it is a good idea to keep a journal. I want to share four big ones with you.

  1. Remember details
  2.  Find old friends
  3. Help process feelings and ideas
  4. Preserve the writer’s history

136

1.06K reads

4. Preserve the writer’s history

4. Preserve the writer’s history

When you are dead and a famous writer, your journals will give your readers insight into how you thought and what your life was like.

You may never sell more than one hundred copies of your book, you may never publish your writing, or your journals may only be read by the mice that crawl th...

116

557 reads

CURATED FROM

CURATED BY

sushruta

🗺️

As somebody who journals semi-regularly, I have seen its positive effects on my mental health. I hope this wonderful write-up by author Pamela Hodges helps others keep journals too.

Related collections

More like this

Write a journal

Not everybody find journaling easy. The trick is to limit the time you write and find out the best way that works for you. 

You can write for 5 minutes a day in a journal or in you phone's notes section, it's up to you. 

Yvonne Thomas says:

...

Keep a Story Journal

Keep a Story Journal

A story journal will help you keep track of your stories. Remember these points for a good story journal

  • Don't write in a paragraph - write just bullet points.
  • Feel the tiny details - don't have to write - you will remember them each time you s...

Tips for bullet journal beginners

  • Don't make it profound so that it becomes a chore: You can write what you want and figure out what matters later.
  • Just get started: Write down a few tasks you want to get done today. Consider how you can resolve some issues you're facing. Write dow...

stash-superman-illustration

Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas

Anywhere

Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.

Join

2 Million Stashers

4.8

5,740 Reviews

App Store

4.7

72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

samz905

Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates