Top 5 Journaling Tips to Improve Writing Productivity

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In my last blog, you learned my Spill-See-Shape method to sharpen your mental clarity and build focus through your journaling practice. Now, it’s time to keep that momentum going and stay productive with your writing.  

Here are my top five journaling tips to improve writing productivity. As with all my suggestions, try them out, make them your own, and expect results to improve with time, patience, and practice.

1. Mind over chatter.

Writing has a way of laying your mind and emotions bare—including the self-sabotaging thoughts that keep you from writing what you long to write. Decide that you are going to write no matter what. State your decision, either silently or out loud, at the beginning of each journaling session as your own pledge of devotion to your writing.

2. When you don’t know, ask.

The creative process is a journey into the unknown that we can’t navigate alone. Invite your higher power into your writing to get the guidance you need to stay the course in realizing your true message. Before each writing session, ask your higher power to help you write for the highest good of yourself and your audience. Journal about the guidance you receive.  

3. Connect with your creative fire to improve writing productivity.

To access your creative fire, take a few moments and lay your hand gently just below the navel, which is the seat of your creative energy. Imagine a fire growing brighter beneath your hand with every in-breath, and blazing through your body with every out-breath. Focus on this fire as you write to help build your creative energy.

4. Say thank you.

Close each journaling session by acknowledging what you’ve written. Even if what you wrote didn’t meet your expectations, express gratitude for the opportunity to create. Have faith that every word offers a paving stone for the path towards your most authentic, powerful writing—whether or not that particular word makes it to your audience’s ears.  

5. Goodbyes matter.

As you end your writing session, reflect on what you learned. What served you in writing what you long to write, and what didn’t? What would you do differently during your next session? Give yourself 1-3 action items to focus on for your next journal entry to keep your writing productive. Finally, close your writing session with a few moments of deep breathing, prayer, or meditation.

My top five tips for improving writing productivity help you develop the resilience and commitment you need to create consistent, quality content. They can enhance not only your writing skills but also your overall well-being when you make them a regular part of your journaling practice.

If you need some help getting started with journaling, consider downloading my 10 Journaling Prompts for Authentic, Powerful Writing below.   

10 Journal Prompts for Authentic, Powerful Writing