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From George Orwell to Dawn Powell, journaling has helped many literary minds stay productive and creative. But if the blank page seems daunting to you, guided journals can help with their writing prompts and compositional navigation. To help you get started, here are five tips to make the most of your guided journal.  

1. Find a 10-minute moment in your day

It might seem impossible to find time every day to write in your journal, but try to dedicate 5-10 minutes to being still. Instead of rushing around when your coffee brews in the morning, allocate the space to filling in a page or two. By associating this time with journaling, you’re also setting up gentle prompts to uncap the pen everyday.

2. Listen to your changing moods

Guided journals never bind you to strict guidelines. Instead, writers are encouraged to adapt the material to their own personalities and circumstances. Be mindful of how you’re feeling each day; if you’re stuck on a page, or don’t feel up to a certain task, don’t be afraid to skip forwards or backwards in your book. Alternatively, if you’re feeling generous with your time, write a few extra pages

3. Set a year-long plan and make note of your progress

Set a year-long action plan for completing your journal, and check back on your progress at the end of each week, month or quarter. Celebrate the chapters you’ve accomplished and reflect on what these milestones mean to you.

4. Create a writing altar

Indulge in new pens, set yourself up at your favourite chair, and brew a pot of your favourite tea. Write a list of your goals and intentions and place them under dedicated stones or crystals. If you wish, light a candle to focus your attention.

5. Narrow your focus and choose the right journal

What do you want to achieve in 2019? Do you want to be more grateful, spend more time in nature, or have better control over your finances? Focusing your intention – and being honest about the biggest areas of improvement in your life – will help you stay motivated and grounded in your purpose throughout the new year. Check out some of our favourites below.

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