Sometimes we don’t have the time and space we need to be alone and journal. We may have the best of intentions but the universe puts obstacles in our way.
I like to think that these are little tests to see how committed we really are.
For a while I was getting up super early… but it wasn’t really working. I naturally need a reasonable amount of sleep, and I was struggling to get myself to bed by 9pm in order to get my 8 hours. I feel like my evenings are my time to be creative, play in my art journal, or spend time with loved ones.
I’ve been really reluctant to give my body the extra rest it needs by sleeping a bit later. Last week I started to get headaches and when I found myself contemplating a fifth cup of coffee one day I decided I just had to go with it.
But my journaling! I tried just working for a couple of days without journaling first – I thought, maybe I could journal in the evening? But it didn’t feel right. I didn’t start the day with the usual positivity and intention. I felt a little… directionless (if that’s a word).
I can’t exactly journal at my desk when I get to work because I have colleagues sitting next to me. Not exactly an environment conducive to pouring my deepest fears and desires onto the page. Plus, work is associated with, well, work. Not creativity.
As I mentioned I don’t actually have to be at work until close to 9am, so I found an unusual solution:
I journal in my car.
This way I can miss the bad traffic, but find a nice quiet place to pull over where I can write for a while before I get to work. Sure, it’s not ideal. But it’s better than not journaling at all! Given that my job is only short-term, this will work in the mean time.
At first I felt a little ridiculous pulling out my giant pencil-case in the front seat (it needs to be giant to fit my selection of pens and some washi tape).
But then I thought, who cares?
I reclined the seat, tucked my feet under me and just wrote. It was fine. I even brought coffee from home in a travel mug (bonus points to those who recognise the company logo on my coffee mug!).
The other thing I noticed is that a change in view is good. I can choose a different spot if I want a different view. I feel close to nature with trees and the rain just outside, but my car is warm. It’s still a personal space, and while I miss having my pup at my feet and burning my essential oil, it still gives me the time I need.
I’m talking about all this because I want to point out something:
Journaling can be done in many places.
I know I have talked about making a ritual out of your journaling but really if need be, it can be done when and wherever. If you’re stuck for space to be alone, why not try journaling in a cafe? You could always find a table in the corner or somewhere that you can get a little privacy. Or if you’re running between appointments and find you have a spare 30 minutes, you could journal in your car. Or in a park. Or a library. I’ve even heard of people journaling on the subway ride to work!
Find what will work for you. And if you need to, do something a little different. Don’t let life get in the way of your journaling.
How have you made more time to journal? Share in the comments.
5 thoughts on “Don’t have time to journal? Think again”
While it seems like it would be such an obvious solution, it’s brilliant! Good for you to come up with such a cool solution. Even though I don’t work, I think I need to get out of the house occasionally and journal elsewhere. A change of perspective would be refreshing. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Kathy, yeah it does seem obvious but took me a while to think of it, haha! Seems to be working for now, and will be fine in the mean time. I agree, it is good to get a change of scenery and journal in different places – can inspire you to write about something new! 🙂
Thank you! Such a great reminder that our writing practice can (and should) be adaptable. Journaling on the go certainly beats not journaling at all, that’s for sure! I don’t carry my A4 beast of a journal out with me, but I always have a small notebook and pen handy, so I can scribble on the train or in a break if the whim seizes me.
Yeah that’s a really good idea Marianne: to carry a little notebook with you. You never know when inspiration will strike!