A journaling practice is all about writing your thoughts, feelings, plans, emotions, and anything else you want to get out of your head and onto paper. There are lots of ways to use a journal, but it doesn’t always have to be simply writing alone. If you find that you get bored with this activity, one way to make it more interesting is by being more creative with it. February is a great month to practice creativity in your journal.
Creative Ways to Journal
An easy way to be more creative in your journal is simply to mix up the colors and designs of your pages. The great thing about this is that it can be done in any type of notebook or journal you are using. For example, if you have been writing in black pen, just switch to a different color or use colored pencils! It can be more of a challenge to write, which is a good thing. You use a different part of your brain, and it really encourages you to do more doodling and sketches at the same time.
You might also want to add other decorative elements, like using stickers on some pages, printing out photos that pertain to what you’re writing about, or using multi-media supplies like paints or charcoal to add some color to your journal pages.
How to Make Your Journal Interesting
Fantasy writing. This can be anything and everything you want. Fantasy writing can just be writing about any dreams or long-term goals and visions you have. Or it could be more of creative writing where you make up a little short story, or where you envision what your own life would have been like if you had made different choices.
If fantasy writing is overwhelming, you can simply copy favorite prose from your favorite authors, such as C.S. Lewis and decorate with stickers. How simple is that?
This type of writing helps you to get outside your comfort zone and really tap into the creative part of your brain. It gives you a place to explore what is in your imagination and see where your words take you
Doodle pages. It can be really fun to have some pages for doodling. These are blank pages you use just for little sketches or drawings. Maybe you want to paint what you see in front of you, draw a scene of what your day was like, or spend a journaling session just doodling whatever comes to mind first. This is great practice to channel your creativity.
It’s Okay to Ignore Writing Rules
Writing in a journal can be many things; it may be a creative activity, a way for you to find mental clarity, a place to keep track of your dreams and aspirations, or might just be a brain dump for all those random thoughts running circles in your head. No matter what the purpose of your journal is, one thing to remember is that there are no rules. Go ahead and forget everything you learned in English class, and just write what comes to mind. By simply having fun and taking the work out of it, you’ll naturally begin to improve your journaling skills.
February Journal Prompts
1. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
2. Who is the person you think about the most this month?
3. Have you listed your business goals yet? If not do it this month.
4. The weather outside is…
5. Explain what the words love and romance mean to you.
6. It’s heart month, what small changes are you putting in place?
7. Is your business on track?
8. What’s the best business tool you find most worthwhile?
9. I love to journal because…
10. Do you take much stock in Groundhog day?
11. List two things you can do to clean out your closets to get ready for spring.
12. What bulbs or seeds are you going to plant this year? Pretend if you don’t have a garden.
13. The winter birds I love to see, and feed are…
14. What new clothes do you want for this spring and summer?
15. How many Valentine’s cards are you sending?
16. Find a chocolate recipe you could make this month & describe how you made it, who you shared it with and how it turned out.
17. How’s your product planning coming along? List out the products you plan on creating this year.
18. What’s your favorite topic to blog about this month?
19. What top qualities do you few as important in a relationship?
20. What’s the funniest thing you have seen people do this month?
21. Write about how you view your parent’s relationship.
22. Be truthful and describe how February really makes you feel.
23. What’s your favorite romantic movie to watch?
24. Are you sick of this crazy weather this year? Let all your feelings out!
25. What qualities do you love about yourself?
26. What family memories do you have of Pancake day, or just pancakes breakfasts in general?
27. What is your favorite soup?
28. What’s your favorite red dress or outfit that you own or would love to have?