Five Easy Journaling Techniques

Five Journaling Techniques

These five journaling techniques are going to help get your pen moving. If you have tried to write in your journal and felt you have had nothing to say, you’re not alone. This article teaches you five easy journaling techniques to help you start writing today. They are easy, fun and can be used by beginners and more advance journalers.

To start the journaling process, you need a journal, a pen, and a quiet place to work. Check out my article on tools for journaling here. For those who are new to journaling, you may want a timer to help get you in the habit of writing. You can start journaling by writing for five minutes.

Method 1: Journal Prompt

The first of five journaling techniques, and in my opinion the easiest, is to use a Journal Prompt. There are prompts for gratitude, anxiety, self-care, manifesting, self-discovery and self-reflection. I created a guided journal you can purchase on Amazon with some of these very same categories. It’s called Your Journey Begins Here (YJBH).

Here are a few journaling prompts from YJBH:

  • List five things you are grateful for tell why.
  • What good and bad things happened to you this week? How did it affect your mood?
  • What can you do or change to focus on your well-being?
  • Describe your dream life.

I find journal prompts to be helpful some days and limiting other days. If I don’t have anything significant occurring one day, I may not feel the need to write. Consequently, this takes me away from my daily journaling practice. So, find a prompt so you aren’t tempted to skip a day.

There are dozens of journal prompts on Pinterest to keep the pen moving. Try searching for a prompt that speaks to you for that moment because it will set you up for journaling success. Another example of a journal prompt is, “Write three regrets that haunt you. Is there something you could have done differently? How can you release the negative emotions around these regrets?”

Method 2: Gratitude Journaling

The next method to get the words flowing is the ever popular Gratitude Journaling. This is a sure fire way to improve how you view your life. Focusing on the good is powerful as a result you will realize all the beauty in your life.

This is one of my favorite journaling techniques because it creates a positive mindset. You’ll be amazed at how many things you have in your life that deserve recognition. Celebrate what you have built around you!

Method 3: Still Frame Journaling

The third journaling technique is a Still Frame. It’s capturing a moment in time on the page. Look at the milestones in your life and choose one. Maybe it’s a memory of your first kiss or your first love, graduation, your wedding day, the birth of your child(ren) or the death of a loved one.

If you have a need to come to terms with a negative experience, this may be a good journaling technique. Write about a bad break up or fight with your spouse. Write why the fight started, what was said and how it made you feel. Writing about it can help you remember the details. Consequently, focusing on this one moment can help gain clarity in a situation.

 Anais Nin said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” Writing these memories, tasting them twice so to speak allows us to learn, grow and simply remember.

Method 4: Chronicle Journaling

The fourth method of journaling is to chronicle your life. Maybe you are trying to lose weight and you are writing down what you eat and how food makes you feel. Perhaps you are starting a new fitness routine or meditation habit. Chronicling your fitness routines and meditation keeps you in tune with your practice and helps you become better. You’ll be able to see your improvements.

Method 5: Nature Journaling

The last journaling technique is called Nature Journaling. This type of journaling is excellent for the outdoorsy person who seeks refuge in the natural habitats. The next time you are out hiking, biking, camping or participating in another outdoor activity, take your journal along and record your observations.

According to they recommend recording the following in a Nature Journal:

  • Surroundings and location information
  • First impressions
  • Observations
  • Photos
  • Collect (only take elements from the environment when it is not a protected habitat)

Before you write in your journal, find a quiet place in nature to rest and observe. Take a few deep breaths and notice everything around you. How does the ground beneath your feet feel? What do you smell? What do you see? Engage all your senses before you start writing or sketching. Use your journal to sketch clouds, trees, birds, bugs and stones or use it to press leaves and flowers.

This journaling process is similar to meditation. It’s relaxing and makes us pause and focus on the natural world around us. Nature Journaling invites you to slow down and look around and describe the beauty around you.

Once you have gathered sketches and other observations from the world around you, try writing a haiku to capture your findings. Here is a haiku I wrote to go along with this leaf I sketched:

Floating to the ground
Red, orange and ochre shrouds walkways
As autumn disappears

Nature journaling example

To conclude, there are lots of ways to journal. I have chosen these five because I have had a lot of success with each one of these. Drop a comment below and let me know what your favorite journaling techniques are.

Happy Journaling


Nicole L. Czarnomski (zar-NOM-ski) is a marketing director by day and freelance writer by night. Her magazine bylines range from wheatgrass to whiskey to pet sitters. She usually writes with one or two cats on her lap and a hot cup of black coffee by her side. She is the author of the memoir “How Cancer Cured My Broken Soul,” the product of her nine-month battle with Stage 3 breast cancer. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading a memoir or psychological thriller or anything by Kristin Hannah. If there isn’t a book in her hand, she is bingeing on Netflix or painting, art journaling, singing karaoke (only at home) or woodworking with her husband.

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