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I’ve been thinking about journaling a lot this year, and not just because of the bullet journal method. Instead this is about more “traditional” journaling and logging ideas and notes from your day. I want to show you how I’m using a pocket size notebook to do this instead of the bigger bullet journal size that I’m using for organizing everything else in my life and work.

Journaling or keeping “morning pages” has been a key part of my personal development and mental health. I wanted to share how I was doing that each day.

There are 4 main points that I want to emphasize on how to journal every day.

1. Make it easy for you. Even one “word of the day” is fine to start with!
2. Use pictures and icons to make it more visual. Think stick figures!
3. Write down all of your ideas, notes, questions. It’s not a letter.
4. Backfilling days is ok, even if it’s just one moment from the day.

People get really stuck on journaling because it feels like you’re supposed to have this amazing collection of thoughts and ideas that future generations are going to obsess over. That’s probably not going to happen, so it’s best not to worry about it!

First and foremost, a journal is for you and no one else. For me it’s been a place to put my notes, ideas, celebrations, fears, frustrations, and much more. The fears and frustrations are why you’ll actually see sticky notes throughout the journal! Practicing this daily has been a real source of improving my mental health by literally getting a thought out of my head and on the page.

I hope you enjoy this video, it’s a little different than my previous bullet journal episodes so I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

My name is Matt Ragland and I make videos about using a minimalist bullet journal to focus on what matters most to you. I’ll show you how to use concepts like 10 Blocks, Time Tracking Grids, and Project Timelines to quickly see what needs to be done and when.

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