The 3-Step Formula to Create Your Own Consistent Journaling Practice
Discover how to create a consistent journaling habit to enjoy the little things more consciously.
Here's what you'll learn:
The Hardest Thing About Consistent Journaling is...Life Always Finding a Way to get in the Way
We'll start strong and then our journaling practice slowly falls to the wayside as life gets in the way. Before we know it, it's been months since the last entry. But here's the thing...
If you're trying to build a long-term, consistent journaling practice, life will ALWAYS find a way to get in the way. At some point, you'll run into:
It will happen. Life will always get in the way, somehow, and it's the death of consistency, but there are many solutions to make sure...
When life gets in the way of your journaling practice, you do it anyway and continue to reap the massive benefits of daily gratitude, instead of it slowly falling off your daily action list again and again.
"I saw you've been journaling for over 8 years...what's your secret?"
The secret is I made journaling about every day part of my normal behavior.
There is no longer an internal struggle about if I feel like journaling or not.
I am a person who journals about every day, period.
Getting to this point took many journal entrees, so the key to get there is by making failure harder than succeeding.
Here are my 4 most highly recommended kick-starters to turn daily journaling from a desired behavior into your normal behavior (Tip: the more you implement, the better...)
1) Join a Community & See Others Journaling Everyday
A community can provide support and accountability, but the biggest advantage to joining a community around a habit you're trying to build is constantly being around people doing your desired behavior everyday.
This is one of my favorite "hacks" for creating new habits.
Community is at the center of being human and there is an innate desire to belong and conform. It's one of the most powerful tools marketers and politicians use to convince us of things, but we can use the same tactic on ourselves to create new habits we want to adopt.
One of the most effective things you can do to build better habits is to join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior.
New habits seem achievable when you see others doing them every day.
Author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
2) Create a Rock-Solid Ritual & Make Journaling Automatic
If you don't have a solid ritual for staying consistent when motivated to journal, you probably don't have one for staying consistent when life gets in the way, either.
All habits follow the same structure: Trigger > Routine > Reward, so another key to building long term habits is identifying powerful triggers and powerful rewards and then inserting the new activity between them.
This will reduce the willpower required to do the activity and it will start happening without you consciously thinking about it.
When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.
Author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
3) Create Commitment with Incentives & Increase Journaling Motivation
Money and reputation are two of the more powerful incentives I've seen to increase motivation to do something, but with journaling, you can also use an adventure to create commitment.
Ideally, you use as many incentives as possible to help keep yourself going when willpower and motivation are low.
Money and reputation are easy to implement and you can even do them together.
Tell someone close to you you're going to pay them every time you miss a day journaling. It doesn't even have to be a lot of money, a dollar would do. You can of course get more extreme and publicly pledge you'll donate a large sum of money to an organization you hate if you don't journal every day.
Using an adventure is a bit trickier, but looking back, this is what gave me motivation when I started out. I took a trip around the world for a year and I wanted to document it every day with journaling. Knowing I'd want this as a totem for the rest of my life made it easy to take the time every day to journal.
It's not that we lack information, it's that we lack sufficient incentives. You need a carrot or even better, and this is not depressing, this is useful, a meaningful stick if you don't do what you have said is important for you to do."
Entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, and podcaster.
4) "Lower the Board" & Maintain Your Journaling Consistency
Walking across a narrow board suspended 1,000 feet in the air would be intense, but lower the board to ground level and most people will be able to walk across it with ease.
If you want to successfully build a complex habit, build a simpler one first, and then add complexity over time.
In other words, "lower the board" and start simple so we can focus on consistency instead complexity when we're building our new journaling habit.
Instead of imagining all the things we want our journal to contain, we focus on staying consistent, first, by keeping the process simple.
As we are building the habit of journaling every day life will always get in the way and if a journal entry takes 10 minutes to complete, we are much more likely to find time to fit it in than if our entries take an hour.
Once we have built the habit of consistency, then we can "raise the board" and start adding complexity to our journaling to better fit our needs for the practice.
“All complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked.”
Author and retired pediatrician
Soon, consistent journaling changes from a desired behavior to your normal behavior
It's different for everyone, but as you journal consistently, at some point you'll transition from "wanting to make it a habit" to it being a habit.
And as you document your experiences and gratitude it allows for the benefits of daily journaling to start showing up in your life.
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Introducing Journal Anyway—The Formula to Consistent Journaling
The hardest thing about maintaining a journaling practice is staying consistent when life gets in the way.
You start off strong, with good intentions and then it slowly falls off the daily action list until it's been months since the last time you journaled.
This is usually caused by focusing on complexity over consistency leading to failure when life inevitably gets in the way.
The key to preventing this is to focus on consistency to build up a solid system and habits to handle the obstacles life will throw at your practice and THEN build in complexity.
This is what Journal Anyway will help you do.
Here's What You Actually Get in Journal Anyway
Journal Anyway is an online program to help you build a long-term, consistent journaling habit.
A Close-Knit Community
After purchase you'll be invited to a private group of people who are all committed to journaling every day and supporting each other.
My 3-Step Formula
Lessons explaining the simple structure anyone can use to journal every day without feeling overwhelmed.
Bonus Video Lessons
Extra lessons showing you how to handle those days when life truly gets in the way and how to do effective monthly reflections.
I have journaled about every day for over 8 years—over 3,074 days now—and it's been the best habit I ever started. As I have deepened my understanding of myself it has drastically changed my life for the better.
Now I want to help you create your own consistent journaling practice.
The Quest for Awesome, Chief Awesomer
What They Say on Journaling
Revolutionized my mindset, transformed my heartset.
“I write in a journal daily. This extraordinary ritual has revolutionized my mindset, transformed my heartset, and generally influenced my life exponentially.”
Robin Sharma - Author
I create myself.
“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.”
Susan Sontag - writer, filmmaker, philosopher, Professor, and political activist
An ideal environment in which to become.
“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.”
Brad Wilcox - Professor and Author
Journal Anyway Pricing
My formula for creating a consistent journaling practice.
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More of What They Say on Journaling
A good way to help you distill what's important.
"Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not."
Martina Navratilova - Pro Tennis Player
A celebration of who you are.
"Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are."
Carolyn V. Hamilton - Author
A journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.
“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.”
Robin Sharma - Author
Frequently asked questions
Maybe. But no trick or hack will show up and do the work for you every day. The tricks and hacks are there to make success as easy as possible and that's what this program aims to do for you—make success inevitable.
One of the keys to staying consistent for the long run is to keep daily entries under 15 minutes. Then, we will design a routine to build a habit around journaling so the practice becomes automatic. You will have the time if you make the time, but when you're just starting, we will make this as easy to accomplish as possible.
It's ok. You can make it up the next day and can reach out to me or the community to get support on what you think is happening.
I recommend starting with handwritten journal entries, and the best way to keep it private is to hide it somewhere when you're not writing. However, there are other options which will be discussed later on in the program.
To start, we will be doing handwritten, semi-structured journaling. I will explain the simple system I recommend to build consistency, but will also show you how to modify the system to fit your own needs as that's what's important for creating a long-term habit.
This is a common occurrence when people start out journaling and it usually happens because people have a certain idea of what journaling is "supposed" to be like, which can get overwhelming every day and lead to burn out. The system I will teach you is simple and can be used for the long-run (I've been using it for over 8 years now).