I began my current journal on January 1, 2010 - I liked the idea of beginning a new journal at the beginning of a new year. I began by writing in my journal daily and, for quite a while, this worked. I looked forward to opening up my journal late in the evening or early in the morning to jot down a few of my thoughts. Because I typically write no more than a paragraph for each day, and because I have very small handwriting, I am still using the same notebook (a small unlined Quo Vadis Habana) over a year and a half later.
However, lately my journaling habits have changed. Instead of eagerly writing every day, I find myself letting my journal sit untouched for days at a time and sometimes even forgetting to write altogether. When I do return to my journal after a week or so, I feel guilty for not writing in it as regularly as I used to. My feelings of guilt then make it difficult for me to write freely. And because it has become so ingrained in me that this journal is a daily journal - and nothing else - I still end up writing an entry for every day, even though I'm only writing in it about once a week.
I can't switch from a daily to a weekly format until I move to a new notebook, and I can't move to a new notebook until this notebook is completely filled. When this notebook is finished (which will be fairly soon), I will not keep a daily journal anymore. As much as I love the idea of writing in my journal every day, it is just not working for me. It would be better for me to write less often, but to look forward to writing without any feelings of guilt.
Do you keep a journal, or have you kept one in the past? Do you write in your journal daily, weekly, or just whenever you feel like it? Do you feel guilty if days or weeks go by without writing in your journal, or do you just shrug and let it go? If you do write daily, what do you do to motivate yourself to write every day?