A good journal can be a source of inspiration or happiness in times when you might feel a little depressed. It can remind you of many fun (and not so fun) things you have done, and even provide a few good laughs. But keeping a journal can be a bit tough. To properly record feelings, events, among the ongoing events in life can be very difficult. So here I have listed a few steps telling how to keep a journal-steps that anyone can follow.
First you will need to decide how often you plan to write in your journal. I know it seems naÃ¯ve, or unnecessary even, but it really is key to consistent journal writing. Some people like to record the events of their life daily in their journal, and some prefer only to write once a week. Then there are those that write in their journal whenever they see it in the drawer and happen to have spare time. Since spare time seems to be hard to come by, I recommend allotting a time every day or week to record events in your journal. Finding a specific time is perhaps the most important step to keep a journal.
Next with each journal entry you will want to include the date. It doesn't do any good to keep a journal without dates. Including the date is important so you can know what other events were happening in the world and in your life at that time. Journal entries without dates seem to blend together and become just writing on a page.
Important to include with the date in each entry are events happening in your life, and in the world. In the journal you keep, the dates are meaningless without personal events. The birth of a child, the death of a president, or other significant events will later help you put your journal writing in context. It will greatly help you to assign your feelings or thoughts to a certain time in your life.
It's also important to keep your feelings in your journal. With only the events and daily occurrences of life, your journal can seem dry and over detailed (think of a boring history book). Your feelings will give your journal personality and help you see how you were affected by different events in your life. After recording an event in your journal, write about how it made you feel, or you can just write details about what is occurring in your life at the time. Feelings can help give you something to write about when you keep a journal.
Last and most importantly you need to read your journal. Certainly you would never write all these things or even keep a journal if you or your posterity never planned on reading what you wrote! Reading a journal is often the most fun part of keeping a journal.