There’s a fine line between useful journaling, and writing too much. This line, of course, differs for everyone.
Some examples of when it’s too much writing:
Journaling feels like a chore. Journaling should be relaxing, mind-clearing, and/ or a useful record. When journaling feels like homework, you are more likely to quit.
You end up writing the same things every day. If you are journaling the same ideas every day such as, “what should I be doing with my life?” or venting about the same issues over and over, you are stuck in a rut.
You feel compelled to write every detail of every day. In one of his travelogue books (I forget which one), Mark Twain noted that travelers spent the first few days of their journey recording every detail in their journals. As their trip got going, they quickly discovered it was more interesting to spend their time experiencing their trip than recording it.
If any of these sound familiar to you, you might want to change up the way you’ve been journaling.
Here at Quo Vadis blog we have a couple of journaling series to help you journal consistently in a way that is useful to you.
One is our Page Per Day Challenge, where you write, sketch, and/or stick things into your planner or notebook each day. The goal is to limit yourself to one page each day so you don’t fall into any of the traps above. You can jump into the Page Per Day Challenge any time. See all the details on it here.
Another is our Daily Journaling Prompts series where there is a new journaling prompt every day. Of course you can also combine the two and use the daily prompt as your topic for your Page Per Day Challenge!
At what point does your journaling cross the line from useful to over-writing?