Have you been trying to get in the daily habit of journal writing, but it’s just not working? I get it. I don’t always journal every day either. So, here’s some good news…

If the reason you can’t stick to journaling is because you don’t have the time or interest to do it every day, then don’t!

There is no rule that says if you don’t write in your journal every day, you aren’t doing it right. Maybe you just have time once a week for a journal entry – that’s okay! Here are some tips for writing in your journal just once a week.

Write an Overview of Your Week

If you only have time for one short journal entry every week, then just use that time to write an overview of your week. Write about how your week went, what you got done, what might have caused you stress, a resolution you came up with, something fun. It really can be about anything you want. This can be as brief or as detailed as you want.

Write Down Plans for Next Week

Another thing you can do when journaling once a week is to write downy your plans for the next week. Use your journal as a starting point for planning out your week and getting things done. Make a list of what you need to get done this week, then schedule out what days to do it. You can also write down some thoughts you have for the coming week, such as something you are nervous about or what excites you.

List One Thing That Happened Every Day

When you have a little more time, you can write down the days from Monday through Sunday, then write at least one thing that happened each day. Think about the days one at a time, reflect on how that day was, and just write a few sentences or quick blurb before moving on to the next day. It is a great way to cover all the days in a week without actually having to write every day if you aren’t interested in doing that.

What Are You Grateful for This Week?

Gratitude is really powerful and can actually add to your own happiness. It is a great thing to include in your weekly journal. Try to come up with 5-10 things you are grateful for each week. Some weeks, they will be identical every week, but sometimes you have something new that happened. Think about what you appreciate the most in your life, including small and big things – they are all important.

All the best!

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Patti - 63 posts

I’m an Imperfect Christian, Musician’s Wife, Mom, Nana, Friend and Encourager. I work on this site for my own growth and benefit, probably more so than I do for others, but I pray that what I’m learning and sharing will help others in their personal development and journaling adventures.

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