The power of personal writing
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.