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There are a few times of the year when people tend to start journaling for the first time or to get back into the process after a break – when they are dealing with something difficult, near the beginning of a quarter, and at the beginning of the year. If you are planning to start journaling as part of your new start this January, I have provided a few additional things you can write about.
Your New Years’ Annual Goals
Naturally, the first step to journaling at the beginning of the year is to write about your goals for the year. They don’t all have to be huge goals — I think some of these would have been called resolutions in the past. I am not using that term right now because I think all can be considered goals.
Some of these goals can be the 1-3 things that you have been wanting to do but haven’t really gotten the right kind of motivation. Think of those things you keep saying you will do someday but never do. It could be ending a bad habit like drinking too much caffeine or biting your fingernails. Maybe it has to do with wanting to finally start the manuscript you keep talking about.
Either way, write it all down in your journal and really set your sights on what you want to accomplish this year.
Areas of Your Life to Improve
You can also write about different areas of your life that you want to improve, such as your health, your finances or work, spending time with loved ones, being more active in your community, or starting a new project. These are the more general improvements you want to make, as opposed to your super-specific goals for the year.
New Habits and Routines You Want to Try
Are there habits you feel like you are slacking on, or do you want to start a new routine that serves you better? Your journal is a great place to get started.
It might be a good idea to first write about your routines now, then kind of pinpoint either what you want to add, or areas of your daily routines that don’t really serve a purpose and no longer fit in with your current lifestyle or your future goals.
Focus on Growth and Self-Improvement
Journaling is an amazing resource when it comes to personal growth. It really allows you to become a better, healthier, more productive person. Use this time to write about how you want to grow and improve this year. Do you want to read more self-help books? Are you interested in learning something new by taking courses? Do you want to develop a more positive mindset? Really focus on this and write it all down in your journal.
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