How to Journal —
For the purpose of this article we focus on tweens, yet know that these tips really may be applied to anyone of any age. Journal keeping is an ageless activity!
Journal keeping can serve several purposes. For example, it is a great tool when a tween needs to vent their feelings and emotions. Journaling is an effective, great way to get that “thing” off her chest. On the other hand, a pre-teen could simply keep a record of important dates and events or write or draw about unexpected occurrences of her day. Of course journal keeping can also be a very important element to a good start and healthy end to a day. It can keep alive writing skills and creativity in young people that might otherwise be lost or go dormant.
Journal writing can be fun, easy and creative. Here are just a few tips to help make journaling an experience worth doing.
How to Journal – 5 Great Tips
How to Journal – Tip #1 –
Find a fun journal. Shop around and find a journal that suits your personality. Journals come in different sizes with various artwork or designs on the cover. Find one that interests you. Remember, you will be looking at it every day. You don’t want one that you are going to get bored with or that will annoy you.
How to Journal – Tip #2 –
Keep your journal on your bedside table or somewhere where it’s handy. Have you ever awoken from a dream and wish you had something to write it down before you forget? You may have a thought, idea or memory when you first wake up and you want to write it down while it’s still fresh in your mind. This is the purpose of a dream journal. Try it… you just might love it!
How to Journal – Tip #3 –
Leave some pages blank. Have some pages reserved for photos, drawings, news articles or anything else that is significant to you. Another alternative might be to have pockets on the inside covers of your journal for easy storage of such items. Give yourself permission to get creative with your journaling activities.
How to Journal- Tip #4 –
Set specific time aside just for your journaling. If possible choose a certain time each day for journal keeping. It can be 15, 30 or 60 minutes time-slots or whatever fits into your schedule. The important thing is that you stick to your allotted time and journal without fail as often as possible, if not every single day!
How to Journal – Tip #5
Write even when there is nothing to write, about. Even if there are no new events, if you feel that you have no new thoughts or it appears that there is simply nothing exciting to write about, journal anyway! You can write about how bored you are, write your favorite poem or explore a great quote or simply write about the weather. No matter what the day is like, there’s always weather. The important thing is to just keep writing and don’t break your pattern, because the best way to keep a habit is to practice it.
It is important that children journal to keep their skills intact, even during summer break. Three months without any structured writing practice can really cause a loss of several writing-related skills including penmanship, thinking skills, imagination, creativity even fine motor skills. Each of these skills can be enhanced by journaling.
And remember this: Journal keeping is an activity that can be done almost anywhere. Kids can journal while riding in a car, relaxing on the beach or camping in the woods. No electrical devices or batteries are needed.
Until next time, journal on….
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