2021 is fast approaching (woohoo... see ya later, 2020!). If you've struggled this year like a lot of us have, maybe it's time to make some important changes—maybe it's time to remind yourself EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. that you're awesome?
When you're considering what your New Year resolution/s will be, why not think about starting a positivity journal (or a journal of any kind for that matter)?
WHAT IS A POSITIVITY JOURNAL?
A positivity journal is exactly as it says on the label. It is a notebook dedicated purely to positive, warming, kind and thoughtful things about you and your creative career. 100%... no exceptions.
If you're a writer, this may include some of your best book reviews, compliments from readers who met you at events, and testimonials from other authors you've helped. You can even backdate it and include things said in the past.
Received some fan mail? Stick it in there.
Took some photos at your first book signing? Yep, those too.
Go ahead and collect a myriad of uplifting memories.
WHY KEEP A POSITIVITY JOURNAL?
When you're feeling blue or your book sales have dropped; maybe you're fed up of the Covid-19 lockdown and not being able to spend time with friends and family; perhaps you just need to remind yourself why you're on this chosen creative path to begin with (because frankly, it's doing your head in and you're about to quit!)?
Well, collecting all the wonderful things that have happened to you or said about you—no matter how short and sweet they may be—can act as a guiding beacon through the darkest of times, anchoring you to the present and initiating those feelings of gratitude.
When I started Curious Cat Books, I kept a 'success journal' and incorporated this idea into that for a short while. I wouldn't recommend a 'success journal' now (though if you would like me to write about that in the future, do let me know!). I needed to know my efforts were meaningful to someone and the decisions I made for myself and other writers were the right ones.
Not only that, but I thought by documenting positive things on little heart-shaped sticky notes, they would stand out whenever I flicked back through my time capsule, making me smile and recall all the wonderful experiences I've had as a writer and publishing professional.
You can also award yourself stickers or stamps for each day you do something to progress your creative career.
Wrote 1,000 words today? Stamp it up.
Sent out your first press release and resisted the urge to vomit from anxiety? Pick a sticker.
This is something you can add and apply to a current journal if you keep one daily; make the award bright and colourful, shiny or cute.
Here are 3 simple steps to follow:
Step One: find a journal you LOVE!
If you're stuck or spoilt for choice, next week I'll be posting my Moleskine Vs Leuchtturm 1917 reviews and comparisons, so be sure to check back for those! If you're artistic, you may want to opt for a blank notebook or even a sketchbook/scrapbook. Alternatively, you can use a dotted or lined journal if you'll be writing more than anything else.
I keep a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and copies of my old bookmarks etc, so I can flick through and remember each experience one day. And yes, if you would rather do this on your mobile phone or on a tablet/desktop PC, be my guest. But, remember that writing by hand and taking some time away from your computer screen is good for you, and may just give you the peace and quiet you've been aching for recently.
I have used a Filofax in the past, and they are compact but can get pricey depending on the design you choose. Also, be sure to purchase the right size inserts!
Step Two: keep it simple
You can fill your journal with absolutely anything, whether you like to write, draw or cut and paste print-outs in its pages. Incorporate this idea into an existing journal if it's easier (and you prefer to have everything in one place like the bullet journal).
Find a quick and pain-free solution to actively acknowledging that you're doing a great job, even if it doesn't always feel that way. You could even use a single black pen purchased from your local supermarket—this doesn't have to be fancy. It's the action that counts. Here are a few examples of things you can include:
- positive reviews
- exciting events
- photos and doodles
Step Three: read and review
On a monthly basis, be sure to flick back through the past 30 days. Have you seen an increase in social media followers? Did someone leave you 5* on Goodreads? Wait... you sold a signed copy this month, too? Awesome!
WHAT NOT TO DO IN A POSITIVITY JOURNAL
You didn't think there would be rules... did you? I'm definitely a Monica when it comes to this part, sorry... 'rules help control the fun'. And if you're not familiar with F.R.I.E.N.D.S then shame on you... get binge watching!
Your journal is private and should be a safe, personal space for you to express how you feel. If you're concerned about other people reading what you write, consider buying a lockable journal or storing it somewhere only you have access to.
You can only include positive things in the journal. No 'ifs' or 'buts' or sentences that begin with 'however'.
When you review the journal at the end of the month, do not set goals or aspirations for next month. We are documenting, not planning.
And that's it. Have fun and stay positive in 2021!
Click below to download your FREE 150 Positive Words to Describe You PDF printable :)
Please refer to this website's policies regarding recommendations and links.