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Scrapbooking and Personal Journals


It may seem intimidating to develop a personal journal-keeping habit, and you may be thinking defeatist thoughts already, such as I don't know how many times a week I'll really remember, and so on. However, if you really try, you can commit to keeping your journal if you shorten the time of your commitment and promise yourself you will not judge your journaling efforts, but just write whatever comes to your mind.

If you are already keeping a journal, you might commit to using the ideas below sprinkled in among your regular entries to elaborate on your entries. It isn’t fair to judge what you journal because it is a personal memoir, not something that should have to stand the test of time as judged by someone else.

Make a personal commitment to write something for a month. For example, tell yourself that for this month you can make an entry every day or every other day or perhaps on weekends or on Mondays and Fridays. Whatever feels like a stretch, but a comfortable one for you – remember, no one is watching or judging this, including you!. Write your commitment down in your journal, and then, whatever you decided, make sure you write at least that often. You might want to start the month off with an entry that describes why you created the system you did and why you bought the notebooks and pens or pencils or made the files or why you committed the particular amount of time that you did.

At the end of the month, use your final entry to evaluate how your journaling system worked for you. Decide in your last of the month entry whether you want to stick with your original system for another month, make some alterations to it, or move on to a different system. After you write that last entry for the month, reread your very first entry. How do your end-of-the-month thoughts about journal-keeping compare to those you wrote down at the beginning of your month? Where are you personally from the beginning of the month to the end of the month? You might want to write about the comparison and make some observations about the changes (or lack of changes)..

Next, make a commitment to the same system or to a new journal-tracking system for an additional month. Write this commitment down in your journal and then keep your entries going for another month. Do this month by month until keeping a journal is a habit. You’ll notice the difference along the way

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