Do you journal?
Do you journal on a daily basis? If so, how do you journal? Do you do it old-school style with paper and pen? Or do you use an online journaling format? If so, what format do you use?
I journal everyday; I call it my daily pages. I journal in two different forms: at home, I use Evernote; at work (I'm a teacher), I use a bound journal.
I journal at least twice a day. I journal in the mornings to get the creative juices flowing and I journal in the evenings before I go to bed to settle my mind before I go to sleep. In both of these cases, I use Evernote on my Kindle. I lie in bed and write for about thirty minutes, which for me is the perfect way to write. My hubster and spawn call it "lazy writing."
*This is not my image; it is used under license from Evernote in accordance with their rules.
At work (sometimes I call it "school" because I teach), I use the old-school method of bound journal and fun,funky pen. My students are required to write everyday in the first 15 minutes of class~I call this their "sacred writing time"~so I use this time to journal with them.
What do you journal about?
I journal about just any topic....I'm not sure that any are taboo. In my Evernote journal, I will write about my goals for the day or my feelings that morning. Perhaps, I have some fears or obstacles that hold me back and I want to get rid of them or at least put them in the back for a while. In the evenings, I'll rehash my day...air out my foibles and angers. This journal is really private.
My Sacred Writing Time journal at school is different; it is student friendly for a couple of reasons....many times the students ask me to read aloud from my journal. Also, I don't want anything questionable written in case the notebook is left somewhere or stolen.
How do you organize your writing?
In my Sacred Writing Time journal, it is purely chronological order...it would be very difficult to find a specific entry unless I knew the general date of the entry. I do encourage my students to mark entries that they want to come back to for any reason.
In Evernote, I have "notebooks" with specific titles like "January Educational Resources" or "Daily Pages." I also add tags to help me locate information or entries later on.
I'm an avid journaler (is that even a word?). I can't imagine my life without journaling. It is my focus, my way of making sense of my everyday world.
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