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Are you Struggling to Stay on Top of Things at College? Break out Your Bujo

Are you Struggling to Stay on Top of Things at College? Break out Your Bujo

College life can be overwhelming, and never more so during periods of change. Turning a writing journal into a personalized planner, using the Bullet Journal® (Bujo) method, can help you keep a handle on things. Bujos can help you juggle both your academic requirements AND those pesky adulting things that we all need to do, like budgeting and changing our sheets. Bujos can increase productivity and decrease feelings of overwhelm for all of us -- but they're especially ideal for college students.

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Six Tips to Help You Choose the Best Blank Notebook Ever

Six Tips to Help You Choose the Best Blank Notebook Ever

How is your current journal working for you? We're more apt to pull out our notebooks when we enjoy working in them. Choosing a blank notebook that's well suited to the kind of journaling you do is key. Think about things like: 

  1. What do you do in your journal?
  2. What kind of paper is the perfect kind for you?
  3. Are pages that are blank, lined, dotted or gridded your best choice?
  4. What kind of binding works best for the kind of journaling you do?
  5. What kind of cover not only works well but speaks to you?
  6. What's the best size blank notebook to buy?

If you take a little time to mull over your journal preferences beforehand, you'll be able to find a blank notebook that perfectly suits your needs. 

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It's Easy to Become a Better Writer - Just Write in Your Journal Every Day

It's Easy to Become a Better Writer - Just Write in Your Journal Every Day

Have you ever dreamed about being a better writer? It's actually surprisingly easy to improve your writing skills. All you need to do is pull out a blank notebook and start writing. If you practice “freewriting” (a stream-of-consciousness style, with no editing), you'll find your voice, expand your vocabulary, increase your fluency, consistently overcome writer's block, and gain confidence as a writer.
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How Your Mental Health Can Improve When You Use a Brain Dump Journal

How Your Mental Health Can Improve When You Use a Brain Dump Journal

You know those days when you struggle with racing thoughts, trying to take everything in, focus, and prioritize? There's a relatively easy way to manage that: a brain dump. All you need is a pen, paper, or dedicated brain dump journal. Then, whenever you need to, take 10-15 minutes to write down every abstract thought in your head. It's kind of like spilling the contents of a purse onto a table. Just dump it all out into a big disorganized pile.

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Looking to Live Your Best Life? How a Writing Journal Can Help

Looking to Live Your Best Life? How a Writing Journal Can Help

I don't think it's necessary to ask if you're keen to live your best life. I mean, aren't we all? But what's interesting is that if you keep a journal, you already have your hands on an important self-improvement tool. As I flip back through the journals I've been working on this past year, I can see that I've been on a journey towards self-improvement without even realizing it. Some people use their journals for focused and goal-oriented self-improvement. But others, like me, see self-improvement unfold serendipitously, as we work through issues and see patterns and revelations emerge. However it happens, keeping a writing journal is an important key to living your best life. 

Photo by Noémi Macavei-Katócz on Unsplash

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Open blank notebook on a table, with a jar of markers nearby.

Horrible at Journaling? 10 Tips to Help You Start and Keep a Journal

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Do you ever get writer's block with your journaling? Sometimes that can be rooted in the worry that you're doing it all wrong. But, you know what? There is truly no wrong way to journal. While you should try to not dwell too heavily on the negative, your writing journal can be whatever you want it to be. That said, finding your personal journaling style can take some trial and error. You may feel overwhelmed by all the options. Or, you may have chosen an option that isn't working well, and so you're avoiding your notebook. If you're not currently journaling but you want to, here are some tips to help you get back on track.

 

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SohoSpark Journal Rated #1 in Top 10 Journals of 2020

SohoSpark Journal Rated #1 in Top 10 Journals of 2020

Our Sunrise journal takes the top spot on Ezvid's Wiki "The 10 Best Journals" of 2020.
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5 Questions That Will Help You Start Journaling AND Turn it Into a Daily Habit

5 Questions That Will Help You Start Journaling AND Turn it Into a Daily Habit

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Are you one of those people with a shelf full of empty notebooks? Do you find the idea of journaling every day to be daunting? Are you not really sure what to write in those journals that are collecting dust? Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by all the ideas out there and are not really sure how to dive in. If you are struggling to start journaling or make it a daily habit, this is the blog for you.

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Start Cognitive Journaling Today and Change Your life for the Better

Start Cognitive Journaling Today and Change Your life for the Better

Do you ever get caught in negative thought patterns? What if you could learn how to reverse those distorted thoughts all on your own and focus on joy instead? Cognitive journaling could do that for you. It's a pretty new concept, developed by Dr. Richard Ragnarson. It's based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims to give people the tools they need to become their own therapists. Cognitive journaling can provide the same tools and benefits as CBT and; best of all, it can be done on your own (though it is more effective when done under the guidance of a licensed therapist).
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40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

40 Year Old Love Story Inspires Journal Cover

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Some forty years ago, on top of Lookout Mountain, TN, I met the sweetest girl at Covenant College. 

Smitten, I was.
Wrote her a love note, I did.

That love story is reflected on our latest journal cover. 

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12 Terrific Reasons to Start Writing in Your Journal Again

12 Terrific Reasons to Start Writing in Your Journal Again

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Recently, the team at SohoSpark had an impromptu poll that asked: Why do YOU journal? Not ONE person referenced bullet journals or planners. No one said that they journal because it helps them stay organized. Instead, the answers focussed on mental wellbeing, fostering creativity, improving writing skills, achieving goals, and manifesting dreams. And, hey, some of you admitted that you journal solely for the joy of stationery. If you're already journaling, stay the course. You do you. If you're looking for a reason to start, dive on in to this blog piece.
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Curious about the current self-care trend? How to use your journal to mindfully recharge

Curious about the current self-care trend? How to use your journal to mindfully recharge

What routines do you currently have for self-care? The phrase has become a trendy buzzword that's often used to encourage consumerism. Things like manicures and scented candles might bring us moments of joy, but they're not actually self-care. True self-care strengthens your mental and physical resiliency over the long term. Getting more sleep and turning off your phone to spend time with friends are excellent ways to practice self-care. You know what else can strengthen your resiliency? Journaling. Because journaling has so many mental health benefits, keeping a writing journal is one of the most powerful self-care tools around.
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