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Why you Should Keep a Journal, and How to Use It

In many of my previous posts including 5 tips to motivate yourself to work out, and keep working out! and How to Improve Your Lifestyle So You Feel In Control of Your Life I have talked about the importance of planning ahead. There is no better place to plan ahead, than a bullet journal. Track your fitness, water intake, meals, clothes, homework, goals, sleep, and I like to track my To-Do lists also.

There are a lot of reasons to keep a journal, and while I have written a little bit about what you can put into your journal, because a journal is so helpful for your healthy lifestyle journey I decide to make an entire post about the why and the how.

Why?

  • Writing down your goals means there’s 80% more of a chance that you complete them
  • You will be able to look at your progress
  • You can use it as a reminder
  • Enforces consistency with your workouts, meals, food, homework and a healthy lifestyle in general
  • Identify your challenge areas, (Hint: A challenge area is when you feel something isn’t right ex: you are super tired.) and the reasons for them.
  • Smashing through your goals!

How?

A bullet journal can simply be a notebook, or you could invest in a nice one. I personally like to have my journal personalized to what I like to track, so I just use a regular notebook.

  1. The first step is to choose the period you are going to track. Will you track what workouts you do over a week? A month?
  2. Next, plan your pages. A page for a week? A day? I personally do a page for a week and do four pages. On each page, you should include everything you want to track or half of what you want to track.
  3. Write your pages! Organize each section, put down a mini-calendar to track what you do each day, out of the tasks that you put on that page.
  4. Personalize! Decorate your journal. Trust me, you will be more likely to use your journal if it is pleasing to the eye. (Hint: Pinterest is a great place to find bullet journal inspiration.)
  5. Set reminders on your phone for your journaling. Set reminders on your desk, your fridge, anywhere that will help you remember. You will definitely feel better after writing.
  6. Besides just writing the statistics, such as what you ate, or what workout you did, have a separate place to write how it felt to do the workout, and what you still felt hungry for after you ate. These can help you change your lifestyle to make it more personalized for you.

Thank you much for reading! If you have any questions please email me at sadellehealthylifestyle@gmail.com, or check out my Pinterest. I love all of you!

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21 replies on “Why you Should Keep a Journal, and How to Use It”

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[…] Making a plan is so great for being relaxed during the week. When I am making my plan, I like to include meal plans for breakfast and lunch. Those are the meals I can control. My mom cooks dinner for the family so it is my mom’s responsibility to make our dinners healthy. Planning out your outfits can save you a lot of stress in the morning. I also like to plan for each day what workout I will do, when I will stretch and what I will do for my blog. Specific tasks like those I would also suggest you plan out. A great place to plan everything out is a bullet journal, and you can find all about why and how to write them here. […]

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