Journaling has known benefits but starting a journal can be daunting. Writing just 10 words a day sets people up for success and helps turn journaling into a habit.
Challenge a group to journal just 10 words a day for 10 days in a row.
- Provide examples of 10-word journal entries. Make up your own or use some of these:
- It’s hard to get out of bed in the cold.
- I was up half the night reading a mystery book.
- Decaf coffee just makes me want to scream at someone.
- Give people about two minutes to write.
- Encourage people not to overthink it and to try to get as close to 10 words as possible.
- Remind them that brevity is key to this style of journaling. If anyone is really stuck, give them a cue such as “Write 10 women’s names that start with the letter N” or “Write down a pet peeve.”