We don’t have as much time as we’d like but journaling can be an amazing way to help you process your emotional, mental, and day-to-day happenings. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you successfully journal? One day at a time. Follow the CROWN method of journaling:
Journaling shouldn’t be complicated or intimidating. You shouldn’t need a Ph.D. in hand lettering or have to read an entire book to know how to fill another book with your thoughts and feelings.
The CROWN method allows you to easily journal by removing unnecessary roadblock from the experience. You have a compact, month-long journal with thematic journal prompts. The
smaller profile of a CROWN journal and limited number of pages helps keep you focused and enco
urages you to consolidate your record keeping to more significant thoughts, emotions, and experiences in your month. Journal entries are not intended to be more than one page per day BUT you do have a few extra pages every month if you should need more space. The CROWN method of journaling can work for new and experienced journalists alike. The beauty of a CROWN journal is that you’re the storyteller so you dictate the contents of your journal.
A small page should not limit you. Get creative! This is your journal. You feel like drawing? Draw! Diagrams are your thing? Diagram away! You wanna skip a day or journal every other day. Do it! You wanna one-word entry or 55-word your way through a month? You’re allowed.
Some Suggestions for Success:
Create a routine. Think about whether or not you’re a morning or night time person. Consider journaling when you wake up or before you go to sleep. Find a quiet and cozy place in your home to journal. It can be an entire room, quiet corner, or a favorite chair underneath your fuzziest blanket. Wherever it is, be consistent about journaling in that space. It will encourage you in your journaling routine.
Give yourself a time window. This is a small journal that has the potential to pack a punch. Give yourself 15 minutes to answer the daily journal prompts. The sticker prompts are useful
because they remove the ‘what to write about’ burden.
Date your entries. This seems so simple but so easy to overlook. You’ll thank yourself later for dating your entries. Dating your entries (oh the puns that have come to mind) allows you to see how consistently you’ve been journaling and can help you set better journaling goals for the next month.
Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a couple of days. In order to be gracious with others, we must first be gracious with ourselves. If you find yourself being inconsistent with your journal entries you may just need to adjust the amount of entries per month you create. Journaling is like a muscle. It will get stronger and easier to do with time and consistency.
We at CoHeir are SO excited for you and your growth this year. All the best and happy journaling!
Mixed Media Storyteller
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