Journalling tips for busy people | Prompts and resources


I'm on my Day 15 of journalling and I finally feel different from this habit building journey. I've fall off twice this month: 1) due to my busy schedule, 2) I'm sick (and still am).

Again, these are the setbacks that I've foresee during my habit building planning (click here for FREE worksheet!), and I'm surprise on how well I'm able to pick up the habit the next day without feeling discouraged at all! *kudos!*

Now, when I first started announcing the #30dayshabitchallenge on Instagram, a lot of you asked: "How do I start?" "What should I write about?" "I couldn't seem to start." 

It was exactly how I felt too! Especially when you are busy juggling with school/work and life. You just want to make it as easy as possible to do this self-care routine. Here's my top tips for those busy hustlers out there that want to start journalling! 

1. Use prompts 
If you have no idea where to start, a few prompts that I've been loving are: 
a) Today, I'm proud of... 
b) I'm grateful for.... 
c) I want to focus on... 

Just this three will do. The others will flow. Just like how they say, it's not that the journey is hard, it's the first step that's stopping you. So get started with these few prompts and you're good to go! 

2. You are not writing an essay
Like, you don't have to submit this piece of work to anyone! Screw that grammatically correct sentence, ditch that bombastic adjective to describe your feelings. You can literally write, or even doodle whatever that's in your mind. 

Some days, I could be writing about how angry I feel and then I jump into my to-do list. LOL. Some days, I even start my journal in English and then switch to Mandarin. If that's how it resonates with you at the moment, do it. 

You may also want to google: morning pages or stream of thoughts for more information.

3. It can be ugly 
Who says journals should be pretty with washi tapes and stickers all around. I know you've been looking for 'journal inspo' on Pinterest but oh dear... we ain't got that amount of time. If you're anyone like me where you still have zillions of to-dos at the back of your head, you want to get it done asap. So, don't worry if it's not 'aesthetically pleasing'. After all, it's the content that matter. 

4. Set a timer 
Go on your phone and set a 15 minutes timer. It may seem very 'extra' but trust me on this, setting timer to any task that you're dreading is magic. It really made me focus on what I needed to do at the moment. 

My journal notebook on Evernote app. You can also see how my mind works, it's all over the place lol.

5. Do it digitally instead 
Not all journal needs to be on paper and pen. I do know people who prefers getting things done digitally. On days when I'm on-the-go, I even journal on my Evernote app. It's quick and easy. You can even create a private blog to document them and review them later. Any note-taking app is good! Do it on your phone or on your computer. Anything that works! Just know that there's always alternatives. 

So that's that! Be sure to download my FREE habit building planner to help you on this journey! If you are journalling as well, let me know how you're doing! Can't wait to hear from you :) 

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