If the thought of keeping a journal sounds daunting, I have a great solution!
Try a One Line A Day journal. You can record anything that you want each day:
1. A song lyric that struck you or made you happy
2. An inspirational quote or something that you heard someone say that day
3. A question that you are pondering
4. A moment of gratitude
5. Something that you learned about yourself or the world
6. A book, movie, park, coffee shop, or something else that you would like to remember the name of to revisit in the future.
7. Something that made you laugh
8. An accomplishment that you want to remember (even just potty training your puppy)
9. Your favorite scent or dessert or bath-time ritual
10. A goal for your future
And that is just a few ideas. It only takes 2 minutes each day. If writing or words aren’t your thing, you could sketch an image or put a photo.
The beauty of this kind of journaling is that you record something each day for 5 years. It will most definitely become a habit before those 5 years are up and may even lead into wanting to do some deeper journaling. But the rewarding part is looking back over that same day 5 years ago. You get to see how your thinking grows and your life changes. You see the goals you had and either accomplished or forgot about. Wonderfully, your past self reminds you of the things that make you happy when you most need to hear it 4 years down the road. And at least in my case, I saw patterns of what I was experiencing the same day or week each year. These patterns gave me greater insights into my triggers or the way God was working in my life. So many times we forget about the bright spots if we don’t record them. I love to look back and see how I just knew to call someone on a day when they were struggling. It reminds me that when people pop into my head, I need to follow through with the desire to contact them.
Give it a go today! Would love to hear your feedback about your journaling in the comments below!
If you want to learn about some other styles of journaling, check out my resources page.