This one is for the night owls. In this blog, we’ll be talking about all the reasons why journaling can be a great addition to your nightly routine. Journaling at night allows you to reflect on the events of the day and start manifesting for tomorrow. Emptying your mind into a journal before bed can help with a good nights sleep, reducing stress levels, and more.
Journaling at night is key to feeling fresh and productive the next day. This is especially true for those of you who are constantly waking up in the middle of the night or feeling restless from the events of the previous day. If this sounds like you, know that you’re not alone and we have some suggestions you can try.
1. Commit at least 5 minutes a day.
Journaling doesn’t always have to take such a long time. Night journaling shouldn’t feel like a chore or be too mentally taxing. Keep it simple and to the point. You can talk about tomorrow’s goal, your achievements of the day, something you’re grateful for, or even just brain dump. No matter what it is, be sure to take 5 minutes for it every day.
2. Choose the right time.
Journaling at night doesn’t always mean right before bed. You can consider an “end of the work day” journal where you reflect on your workday before going home. You can start “after dinner journaling” and take this time to assess your goals and accomplishments. Maybe journaling in bed is what allows you to put the rest of the day’s stresses to rest. Try out different times to journal and find what works best for you.
3. Choose the right journal for you.
There are many journals and journaling methods to choose from. You can use your journal to release your creative energy. Bullet journaling might be good for those analytical thinkers who want a practical way to organize your goals and keep productive. Would you like to get through a difficult time? In corporate a gratitude aspect into your journal. Though we’ve named a few, there are more out there to choose from. Find the right journal for you.
4. Use prompts if needed!
Sometimes we need help getting started and that’s ok! Journal prompts are there for you on days when you just don’t know what to say. Here are some prompts to get started on night journaling. With consistency, journaling can also be a soothing part of your night routine.
Journal Prompts Before Your Sleep
- What mindset do you want to have tomorrow?
- Name three good things that happened today.
- Did something recently happen that’s weighing you down?
- Be ahead of the game: come up with your to-do list for tomorrow.
- What were the high and low points of the day?
- Set a timer for 3 minutes and write whatever comes to mind.
- What is a lesson you can bring into the week ahead?
- Did you accomplish what you wanted to today?
- What’s something that made you laugh today?
With consistency, journaling can also be a soothing part of your night routine. Now that you have some journal prompts to get your day started, feel free to try them out on the ByteLyfe app. With a range of backgrounds to choose from, you can give your digital journal a customizable and personal feel!