Why you should start journaling today

Do you ever feel like you are not achieving any of your goals? As if there seems to be thousands of barriers between you and what you want, and you have no idea how to get over them? Do you find yourself setting resolutions at the beginning of the year, but by the end of January you are back to old habits?

Journaling could be the solution you require to help you finally achieve your goals, improve your health and become the person you have always wanted to be. One little book can really change your life. I have been preaching about the benefits of journaling for years and today I am going to break down to you exactly why you should start a journal. My journal of choice is the Inspire Spirit black vegan leather journal which retails for only £24.99, and I will explain to you why I think you should try using this specific journal too.

You can get a discount on this journal by using the code Beth20 at checkout. I don’t gain anything from this code, it is just to save you a bit of money!

What is journaling and how does it work?

Journaling is a written record of our thoughts and a way of reflecting on how we feel. There are no rules as to how you keep a journal. You may write in a diary with lock and key, bullet journal, type on your computer or maybe you create paintings to express your ideas, thoughts and goals! The act of journaling helps you to connect with yourself and reflect on your life.

Journaling allows you to track patterns, improvement and changes over time. Looking back at previous entries, you will be able to see problems that you’ve been able to overcome and new habits you’ve been able to build.

What are the benefits of journaling?

There are so many reasons to start a journal, but some of my favourite benefits are the following:

  • It can improve your mental health by helping you to be more mindful and self reflect on your emotions. Putting pen to paper is a method I swear by when I am feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed and it helps to gather and make sense of your thoughts.
  • Healthy habits can be built. Repetition and response are fundamental building blocks of building a habit, and keeping track of your habits in a journal not only holds you accountable, but it helps you to recognise any barriers that might be preventing you from succeeding.
  • You will be more likely to achieve your goals. Writing goals down and then actively checking in on your progress towards said goal keeps you focused and helps to make it a reality.
  • You will have better memory. I have spoken about active recall on my Instagram before, and journaling uses active recall all the time! If you do not know what this is, active recall is a proven method simply remembering information and moving it from your short term to long term memory. We do this by continuously repeating and putting in to practice what we learn. When you write how you feel, reflect on how you feel and then make changes based on this, you are using active recall.

How to start journaling using the Inspire Spirit journal

Black Vegan Leather Inspire Spirit Journal

The reason I love the Inspire Spirit journal is because it is easy to use and is already set up for you so that you can get started. It is based on the 5 pillars of wellbeing; Self Development, Time Management, Goal Setting, Spiritual Development and Community.

One of the barriers a lot of people face when they first start journaling is not knowing where to start, but the Inspire Spirit journal is pre-formatted with unique resources that you can use . It is fuss free and very customisable due to its simple design. Unique features of this journal include:

  • Manifestation Cheque
  • World Map
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Vision Board
  • Top 10 Goals
  • The Wheel of Life

I have included a short video and pictures below to show you what is included and how to use each section of the journal.

Overview of the Inspire Spirit Journal

Setting your top 10 goals to motivate yourself throughout the year

Top 10 Goals

This section is a fantastic way to visualise what you want. Write down what your main goals for the year are; this could be anything from fitness and health to achieving a certain grade on a test. It can be absolutely anything! There is also a section where you can write about places you want to visit, things you want to experience and even something you want to buy.

Using the Wheel of Life to prioritise your goals

Wheel of Life

The wheel of life is designed to get you started and prioritise your goals. You write down 8 areas of your life which are most important to you and then rank out of 10 how satisfied you are with each. When you join them up, it creates a spider-web like graph that shows you where you might want to improve. You can then narrow down to 3 areas you want to improve most!

Creating a vision board to keep you inspired

Vision Board

This was my absolute favourite bit to fill in! Creating a vision board is a creative way to show what your hoping to achieve throughout the year. It is fun to make and a beautiful thing to look back on at the end of the year to see how far you have come. Also, whenever you may feel unmotivated or uninspired, it can help trigger why you started in the first place and keep you inspired.

Track your habits and improve time management

Habit tracker

Habit trackers are one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable and maintain consistency. The Inspire Spirit journal has built in habit trackers that you can fill in with whatever you like. It might be drinking more water, exercising or studying for a certain amount each day. You can set short term weekly goals and to-do lists to improve time management skills and keep you organised.

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Positive affirmations are there to support you when you need them

We all know how much a quote can give us a little boost of motivation and reassurance when we most need it. Throughout this journal, there are positive affirmation quotes that will inspire you and give you a pick me up when you need it. They are super self confidence boosting too and a nice surprise to turn the page too!

Using the Law of Attraction and the Manifestation Cheque

The law of attraction is a thought philosophy that believes positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences in to your life. I 100% believe in the law of attraction and have experienced first hand how changing your thought process can change your life. Manifestation is the act of using your thoughts and energy to create your reality. If there is something you really, really want, such as financial stability, weight-loss, better grades; you can have it with the right mindset. The journal comes with an adorable manifestation cheque from “the bank of the universe” and I think it is such a fantastic idea. Write down what you want to manifest on the cheque that comes with this journal and carry it with you. One day it might come true!

Colour in the places you have visited and want to travel to with the world map feature

I don’t know about you, but I would love to colour in my map to represent all the amazing places I would love to travel or have visited over the year. With a similar outcome of a vision board, the world map can help you focus on any travel related goals you have and encourage you to keep going out and about, creating new experiences and having fun. When this whole Coronavirus issue blows over, I am sure we will all be making a big effort to create the most colourful maps ever!

Find out more about the Inspire Spirit journal

If you have liked what you have seen so far of this journal, you can find out more about what it includes and further features on Inspire Spirits website and social media links below:

Inspire Spirit Instagram

Inspire Spirit Facebook

Key Details about this journal:

  • £24.99
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Language: English
  • Undated (12 months) – start anytime!
  • Standard ‘B’ Format: 198x129mm
  • Vegan Leather Cover
  • Eco-friendly paper with FSC
  • 100gsm Paper
  • 18 Additional Blank & Dotted Pages
  • Back Pocket
  • Black Ribbon
  • Use the code Beth20 for a discount on checkout

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Disclaimer: This journal was kindly gifted to me by Inspire Spirit, but all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.