What are Your Reasons for Keeping a Journal?

What are Your Reasons for Keeping a Journal?

Without commitment, life is just a series of excuses.

YOUR reasons, what are they?

Some people are creating an historical document. Others are dealing with emotional issues. A number enjoy the planning aspects of journaling.

Many are using their journals as tools for building their careers or businesses. Some use their journals for capturing ideas, dialogue and writing practice as they write their novels, short stories and even blogs.

Look at this article for more ways people use their journals. And yes, do click on the links at the bottom of that article to see even more reasons people keep regular diaries or journals.

You probably have more than one reason for writing in your journal. Most do.

Getting better at getting better

Why do you keep a journal? Taking time to notice your reasons for journaling will aid your commitment to the process. And, taking time to write about your reasons for keeping a journal will aid your commitment to your reasons. I just love it when a simple process creates great reward, don’t you? :)

Staying motivated, being committed is made easier by the process of writing about your commitment.

Try this:

Write in your journal about why you personally write in your journal. You can use the examples of how other people use their journals for inspiration. You can add some reasons if you’ve noticed some that struck your fancy.

You’ve just enhanced your Commitment Meter. Celebrate!


As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.


  1. A journal is also a good memory jogger. We can’t remember everything and when it happened. Sometimes it is nice to be able to go back to a journal entry for help. For instance a few months ago my husband needed to remember the exact date that his former boss closed the doors on the Arizona business. I had recorded that eventful day in my journal along with what he told me was said at the final meeting. It helped him prove an important point.

  2. Fantastic Ann! :) I love hearing about these little nuggets that add up to great treasure in a person’s journal. One more great use of your journal.

  3. A journal (one of the rare times I’ve ever done it) reminds you how much better things are now than they were before :)

  4. Yes Di!
    Seeing our progress in writing is worth the effort. We can learn so much.
    Thanks for stopping in. :)


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