"Journaling is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to accelerate your personal development. By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them down in writing, you gain insights you’d otherwise never see." Steve Pavlina. Many do not know what to journal or how. Below is an artical taken from Oprah's website years ago about how to journal that answers the question.
How to Journal ~ taken form Oprah’s website
The Journal is your private place to express all your inner thoughts and feelings. Begin to understand yourself through writing. You can then move closer to knowing who you are and who you want to be in life. Your feelings, your breakthroughs, your desires — record them all here. Discover yourself.
Find a comfortable position in your chair. Clear your mind. Relax. And let your thoughts and emotions flow freely. It is important that you do not censor yourself as you write. Do not worry about grammar or punctuation errors. Put every thought onto the page. Be risky. Be daring. Be you.
What should I write about?
Writing helps clarify feelings. Choose a topic each day, and let your mind go. Start writing words. And follow your feelings.
• Did something happen to you today that made you upset or joyful?
• What did you discover about yourself or the world?
• Is there something from the past that you wish you could take back or do over to make it right?
• What are your needs? What are your desires?
• What are you most afraid of doing? What are you afraid of not doing?
• What are you curious about? What issues are unresolved for you?
• What do you love to do, experience, and feel? What kinds of things in your life do you want to build on?
• Find a photo or an image. What does it make you feel?
How often should I write?
As often you like. Your journal is here for you whenever you feel like writing or reflecting about anything.
What is the difference between the six journals?
Daily Journal — Write whatever you like here. This is your own private space for your general daily thoughts.
Gratitude Journal — Record five things you love every day. Your entire outlook on life will change because you will be looking for the things you are happy about to record later on in your journal.
Spa Girls Journal — Keep your exercise routine on track with your fitness goals! Record your best and worst fitness moments. How is it making you feel about your body today?
Discovery Journal — Get to know yourself by looking back. Remember how you felt, what you loved, were you afraid of, and dreamed of doing. As a child, a teen, and a young adult, what are the themes taking place in your life?
Health Journal — Your goals, successes and challenges. It's good for your body and soul. How are you treating your body?
Book Journal — If you've been inspired by an author, start writing your own story today.
Debt Diet Journal — Are you following the Debt Diet? Are you working through your physical and spiritual debt? Share your success and setbacks here.
Create Your Own Journal — You can name it whatever you like. It's yours!
How can a journal help me?
Self-discovery. Writing consistently in a journal can give you a deeper connection with your own inner self.
Less stress. Releasing all your inner thoughts and anxieties through writing can help release unwanted stress.
Courage to pursue your passion. Knowing what you want to do with your life is the first step in making it happen.
Understanding the past. Journaling can bring up many issues in life that are still unresolved. Writing about them helps take you to a place of forgiveness and healing.
Greater sense of peace. Listening to your inner thoughts through writing will give you a greater sense of peace and a more positive outlook on your experiences in life.
Awareness. Get to know what really brings you joy in life.