Journalling boosts creativity and helps you reflect, but it can be time-consuming to write a page or two every single day. If you don't feel like you have time to journal regularly, start a "single-sentence journal".
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If you're anything like me, you have huge gaps of time in between your journal entries. I often vow to start journalling, but then I feel obligated to write lengthy reflections in it every day. It starts to feel like a chore rather than a helpful habit.
Here's a solution, inspired by author Gretchen Rubin:
Keep the journal idea, but ditch the length and write down just a sentence or two each day to record your most prominent memories. You might think such short entries aren't enough to make any difference in your life, but Rubin insists that this idea is both manageable and impactful. "One sentence is enough. When I look back on it years later, that one sentence really does keep memories vivid — it really does bring back the past — which is one of the things you really want a journal to do," she says.
One sentence is easy enough. It takes the pressure off, but it still helps you reflect. It might not have as much of an impact as a long writing session, but it at least helps you stick to the habit. Plus, once you write that one sentence, you might find yourself inspired to keep going.
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