In this video, we’re going to talk about how to set yourself up for success before you ever even start writing. So the very first thing that we’re going to talk about is establishing a routine. This routine will help you with the trigger component of starting your journaling habit. So, what do I mean by routine? Well, journaling isn’t something you just grab and do whenever you feel like it. If you really want to get benefits, you need to do it daily. And so you need to make it part of your daily routine. So for me, I wake up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, you’re short meditation, and then journal. That’s my routine. That varies. Almost never. I miss it extremely rarely, maybe a super early flight or Maybe I’m sick, but every morning coffee meditation journal. And so that’s my, my trigger, I wake up, I grab my coffee, do my meditation, the next natural thing to do is grab my journal. So you need to come up with a plan on how to create a routine around your journaling. Do you want to add it to your morning routine? Do you even have time in the morning because you want to make sure you have time. So if you have little kids and it’s everything you can do to get them up and ready for the day. journaling in the morning might not be for you. Maybe it’s right before you go to bed, maybe it’s on your lunch break. Figure out the time that you are able to be the most consistent, and that’s when you’re going to build your routine around it. Now part of it Successful routine is kind of having everything laid out and comfortable and easy to do, especially if it’s an a morning routine. So, with mine, like I said, I have a coffee meditation journal, that is all done in one super comfy chair, where I’m excited to be there I have a blanket, I have a little board that I set everything on so I can sit in my preferred position of crisscross applesauce from school days. So part of that routine is creating this environment that you want to sit down and journal. So get that completely in the place and process ready to go. And we can move into the next phase, which is understanding what you actually need to write with. So what do I mean you’d need to write with all your CDs pen and paper, yes, at the bare minimum pen, paper, pencil, whatever. But I want to talk about this and you might just blow me off, which is fine. But I find this is actually a really critical piece that most people miss in that you have to like your journal and your pen. I spent years journaling in spiral bound notebooks, and I hated it, especially once you were on the left side, you kind of had to like reach over and you had the marks from the spiral. Let’s just say my journaling wasn’t great. And then I even decided to do the spiral journals that you could completely full so at least they could flip it over journals still in the way he was pushing it out. And so guess what? I didn’t journal as much or as long or anything else because I hate in my journals. And then over time, I’m like, Okay, this doesn’t work. There’s plenty of journal types out there, I moved to composition. I actually use composition for my business journals, but I found it just didn’t suit me with my personal journals. And normally I travel a lot. So composition, I was losing my favorite pen and it just didn’t work. And so I eventually found my perfect journal. And now that part is just gone. I’m comfortable with the journal and not overthinking it, it’s not getting in the way of the journaling. And that’s the thing you really have to keep in mind as you’re picking out what you’re going to write in. And what you’re going to write with is you don’t want those to be a barrier to writing. So if they hurt you, because the spiral is poking you, or you don’t like the pen because it doesn’t flow. It’s just one more excuse that you’re going to use to not journal so take the time. To find a pen and a paper setup that you like, and here’s the thing, it might not be a pen, it might be a pencil, it might be crayon, verhaal, your whatever works for you take the time to figure it out. Now when you’re first starting, you might start with one and use it for maybe a week and then grab another one and try it to see if you like it better. You might find it right away, this might not be an issue, but make sure that you enjoy what you’re actually writing with. Okay, the final components on setting you up for success that I want to talk about is judgment, judgment on grammar, spelling, I’m not writing enough. I skipped today. Throw it out the window. journaling is not a place for judgment. It’s a place to get your thoughts, your ideas and your feelings. paper out of your head onto paper. We don’t care how it comes out, so stop judging it. I am a horrible speller. When I go back and read my journal entries from the past, I actually sometimes have to stop and go, Okay, what was I attempting to write there, but in the process and make no judgments, you don’t even have to use punctuation. I really don’t that often, it’s getting it out. So stop judging yourself. The other thing that I really need you to not judge yourself on is what you’re writing, especially if you’re going to be working on some emotional healing work. If you stop and judge yourself for what you actually wrote down, you’re not making headway. Consider this your safe place. Nobody’s going to shame you. Nobody’s gonna hurt you. Nobody’s going to harm You, it’s for you to get your emotions out of your body and onto paper. So don’t be judging yourself about what you’re writing and what it means or anything else like that. And if you’re super concerned about somebody finding it, write it and then shred it, get it out of the way, you can totally do that you do not have to keep your journal. So no judgment whatsoever. Okay, so hopefully that gives you the tools that you need to set up your routine your space, and not judge yourself. Now in the next video, I’m going to give you three journaling techniques that are really great for beginners that you can use as you’re starting to create this regular routine.