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You Will Need
- A diary, journal, or notebook
- A pen or pencil
- Collage materials
- A lock and key (optional)
- Soothing music (optional)
- Meditation (optional)
- A computer with internet access (optional)
Write down information that describes who you are. One of the main purposes of a diary is to connect with yourself.
Write your contact info
Let other people know how they can find you if your diary is lost by putting your phone number or e-mail address on the outside.
Decide on a schedule
Decide whether you want to write in your diary every day or less often. Once you have set a schedule, stick with it.
Date each entry
Date each entry so you can keep track of when you wrote it and what you were feeling and thinking at those times. This will be helpful if you re-read your diary months or years later.
Write it all
Let your thoughts flow. When you write in a diary, feel free to let it all out – negative feelings, good feelings, new ideas, events in your life – everything.
Put in mementos
Consider pasting in mementos, such as photos, theatre tickets or programs, and other items that will help you remember an experience.
Get creative by drawing in your diary, pasting in collages or flowers, or spraying a scent on a page. Express yourself any way you like. Writing is only a beginning.
Read it over
Read through old entries to give yourself perspective. You may be surprised at your own growth and development.