I reckon you guys have guessed I’m a just a little into journaling by now! And when it comes to creating habits, this is practically what journals were made for. Goal setting is big news in journaling at the moment and the process of putting into place and achieving those goals is basically done by creating and practicing lots of little habits to reach them. Forming new habits is a wonderful way to improve your life, reach your goals, and gain the motivation and momentum to accomplish anything you want.
Tracking is also a big part of sticking to habits, as well as understanding exactly what is expected of you. This is where using a journal can come in handy as you have a formal (and fun!) method of keeping a check on those habits before they run away from you and you forget all about them.
Use Your Journal When Creating New Habits
The first way a journal is going to help you is during the beginning stages when you are deciding on the habits you want to form in your life. You can start by talking about where in your life you want to improve, or some goals you have. Maybe you come up with a few different daily habits you feel would get you closer to your goals, starting with just one at a time.
Journaling before you set your habits can also help you to work out the details. You know which ones to start with, what the daily habit and schedule should be, and how it can fit into your current lifestyle.
Combine Habits with Your Goals
You will also have some habits that are related to the goals you have set for yourself. These habits help you to complete the tasks required for your goals, all of which can be tracked right there in your journal. It makes it a lot easier to see how things are progressing and to see that you are working toward a goal. This can create a feeling of accomplishment, clarity, and awareness about how hard you are working toward something.
Track the Progress of the Habit
Naturally, your journal will also be used to track your new habits. Remember to include the start date, what the habit is, why you are doing it, and track each day, including if you kept up with that new habit, and how it is going.
Look for Ways to Improve the Results
If you feel like your habit isn’t quite giving you the results you wanted, don’t quit it just yet. Use your journal to really work out what has been going on and where you think it might be going wrong.
Sometimes, it is because you were not consistent with it or not working hard enough on the new habit. In other words, there is just one small detail about it that needs to be changed. Journaling is going to help with this from the time when you create your habits, throughout the entire tracking process.
You can use your journal however you like to when it comes to setting goals, choosing habits and keeping track of your progress. Some people love the inclusion of goal and habit setting templates to guide them and bullet journals are perfect for this. Others prefer to create their own structure with a simple journal or jotter.
Either way, keep hold of those habits so this time you won’t lose them and before you know it, they’ll be part of your day to day life.