Do you keep a daily journal?

@ahrdwrkr (690)
United States
October 31, 2006 12:05pm CST
I keep telling myself I want to journal, but can't seem to find the time...or maybe I am just not making the time. I have heard that it's really good for you mentally and kind of concludes the day. Anyone agree?
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@NettieMae (186)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I keep mine next to my bed and write before I go to bed at night. Sometimes if something special happens, I take a nice long hot bath and journal. I like to add pictures to my journal when I can as well.
• Philippines
3 Nov 06
that's pretty creative. i wish to do that sometime. thanks for the idea.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
5 Nov 06
That's a nice relaxing way to wind down before bed...thanks for sharing.
@missyann73 (1457)
• United States
4 Nov 06
Yes I keep a daily diary or journal. My mother was diagnosed with cancer two years, and i am her sole caregiver, and I keep a journal on our every day trials. Later in my life, I hope to be able to go back and revisit my days with my best friend. I will always treasure the times with my mother
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@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
5 Nov 06
It's very important to treasure the moments. I don't have a very close relationship with my mom so it's cool when I hear about someone who does.
• United States
2 Nov 06
I have a LiveJournal, but I certainly don't use it to the effect you should use a journal and vent, etc. Other people read my journal, so sometimes I don't want people knowing my innermost thoughts. I mainly use my journal to tell what I did that day or whatever. Or talk about a concert I went to. I should probably get a real journal sometime, haha.
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@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Have you thought about keeping a second for your personal feelings and thoughts? If you did, would it feel more secure to do it on paper or online?
@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
4 Nov 06
I feel journaling is totally worth it. We never know what life has in store for us. Let's say as you grow older your memory starts to fade, if you kept a journal (whether it be daily, monthly, yearly) you would at least be able to read it and hopefully recall the things you wrote about. If you can't recall it at least your children or other family would still be able to read it and learn all about you. It is basically like doing a photo ablum, only it is written totally in words. I write in mine whenever the need arises.
@keriwebb (294)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I keep a journal that I write in a few times a week and sometimes every day. I only use this journal to log the happy moments in my life. So whenever I am feeling down or whatever I can go back and look at all the things that have made me happy.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
That's the reason I'm thinking about starting. It seems we easily remember the bad things, but the good things have to be really big to stick.
@keriwebb (294)
• United States
31 Oct 06
exactly! I write down all the little things that make me smile in the day. It really is the little thigns that mean the most and make us the happiest on a daily basis. I love my journal.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Have you been journaling for awhile...or did you start within the past 2-3 yrs?
• United States
5 Nov 06
I constantly try to keep up a journal. It is difficult to make the time and sometimes I godays without an entry. But when I do write it does help me wrap up the whole day. It helps me release any fustration from the day. But if only I hade more time to keep up on it.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
5 Nov 06
How often do you go back and read through it?
• United States
5 Nov 06
I agree with you. I want to keep one so bad, but I just can't find the time to. I thought maybe if I started an online blog, I might do it more often. Who knows!!
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
5 Nov 06
My thing is making the TIME to do it...not where. Even if it were online instead of on paper, I still don't think I would do it consistently...and I'd like to.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
3 Nov 06
i used to, and i'd like to get back to it again, but i can't seem to find the time yet. writing journals is a good brain exercise, it destresses you, too. my journal is one place i feel so at home.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
5 Nov 06
Thanks for responding.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Great therapy! - Writing in a journal can be great therapy!  It's great to do on a daily basis.
No, I don't keep a daily journal. I wish I could make myself do so. Writing out your feelings each day is the best form of therapy one can get in my opinion. I just don't have the dicipline to do it.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
4 Nov 06
I don't either. I keep saying I'm going to do it instead of just DOING it. Thanks for responding.
@kati16 (764)
• United States
2 Nov 06
journal - journal
No I am afraid I would write something hurtful by accident and someone would read it and get hurt.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
4 Nov 06
That's what I would worry about also.
• Italy
31 Oct 06
no
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Thanks for your response.
@wilson81 (343)
• Malaysia
31 Oct 06
Well, I have my own blogsite and I will try to post at least twice per week.:)
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
That's nice...thanks for responding.
@grump0ne (981)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I dont keep a journal, I think if it is something worth remembering you will remember. If its not worth remembering why write it down. Its not worth it. The best journal you have is you memory.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Hmmm...but can you really remember things from say 4 years ago. I'd probably remember the big things, but the small things might be forgotten.
• United States
31 Oct 06
I don't do it daily, only when I am stressed out and have to vent or when something really great is happening in my life. This is less pressure than doing it everyday and helps me stick with it long term.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Do you keep it online and hardcopy? How long have you been journaling?
• United States
31 Oct 06
I blog at least once per week. Sometimes daily.
@ahrdwrkr (690)
• United States
31 Oct 06
Do you actually have a journal or do you do it online (noticed the word blog)?
@disvachic (10121)
• United States
5 Nov 06
i have a journal but i dont even write in it
@istanto (8571)
• Indonesia
5 Nov 06
Yes I keep my journal but not daily minimal once a month.
@burgoonster (3762)
• Canada
5 Nov 06
No I Don't
@Brandi06 (2227)
• United States
4 Nov 06
no
• United States
4 Nov 06
instead of turning your computer on open your journal lol just joking, best time is right after your last meal of the night and before you go to bed.