How to Start Journaling for Personal Growth
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Journaling techniques, prompts, and everything you need to get started, keep going and use writing to change your life.
4.2 (11 ratings)
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Created by Hannah Braime
Last updated 11/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create the momentum and motivation to continue with an insightful and powerful daily journaling practice.
  • Use different journaling techniques and practices to enrich your introspection and self-expression.
  • Use your journaling practice for personal growth and an increased sense of wellbeing.
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  • For this course, you will need somewhere to store your daily writing and complete the exercises and prompts. We'll cover the different types of journaling more in the first section of the course.

Journaling is a powerful personal development tool, but it can also be hard to know where to start or how best to journal for results. How to Start Journaling for Personal Growth teaches you everything you need to get started with a journaling practice that will deepen your self-awareness and enhance your personal development.

Start Journaling Today with This Comprehensive Course

  • Learn everything you need to get started with journaling today
  • Discover different types of journaling to invigorate your practice
  • Identify the journaling techniques that will deepen your personal development
  • Explore your inner world through regular journaling, and find out how to revisit old entries for greater insight and awareness
  • Transform your journaling insights into real-life change

A world of information and potential at your fingertips

A regular journaling practice comes with many benefits, including improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In a busy, hyper-connected digital world, most of us are more externally focused (and less internally connected) than ever. As a result, we can lose touch with our values, desires, emotions and needs, leaving us feeling lost, unhappy and directionless.

Journaling helps us deepen the most important relationship we'll have in our lives: our relationship with ourselves.

Starting and sticking to a regular journaling practice can be challenging. Many people know journaling will be good for them but they don't know where to begin. This course is designed to answer your biggest journaling questions, provide you with all the guidance you need to get started, and introduce you to several journaling techniques that are specifically helpful for personal development and growth.

Course overview

You'll start by learning the answer to fundamental questions like "What is journaling?" "How do I journal?" and "How often should I do it?" You'll also learn more about the different tools you can use and what to do if you're worried about privacy. You'll discover how to make it as easy as possible to get started with your journaling through rituals and the right kind of environment.

You'll move on to cover some of the main types of journaling and learn how to use these types in your own journaling practice. Then, you'll focus specifically on journaling techniques for personal growth. You'll also have the opportunity to try these with a series of journaling challenges.

Finally, you'll discover how to return to old journaling entries and find the gold in them. As well as looking at different ways to explore your old entries, you'll learn how to take your insights off the page and into the real world. You'll also find out how to overcome some of the most common challenges journalers face before moving forward with your journaling journey.

By the end of the course, you'll have clarity around how to use journaling for personal growth, 10 techniques in your journaling toolbox, deeper self-knowledge and self-awareness, and a roadmap for turning your insights into real-life change.

Who is the target audience?
  • New journalers who want guidance and suggestions on how to begin.
  • Seasoned journalers who would like to learn more about journaling specifically for personal growth.
  • Anyone who is curious to find out more about what makes them tick, deepen their self-awareness and become fully self-expressed.
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Curriculum For This Course
51 Lectures
Introduction (watch first)
3 Lectures 09:16

Welcome to the course! In this lecture, you'll learn more about why I've created this course and what to expect from the other lectures.

Preview 03:48

A brief overview of how best to work through this course, including how to navigate the Udemy platform.

Preview 03:02

Are you ready to begin? In this lecture we'll cover the tools and resources you need to get started with your journaling practice.

Preview 02:26
2: Journaling Basics
7 Lectures 14:36

An overview of what we'll cover in this section and what you'll learn by the end of it.

Preview 01:14

This lecture answers one of the most common questions new journalers have: what is journaling, and am I doing it right? Find out here...

What is journaling?

In this lecture, you'll learn 10 key benefits of journaling—some of which might surprise you!

Why journal? 10 key benefits of a regular journaling practice
12 pages

What will you use for your journaling practice? This lesson covers some of the most popular digital and non-digital journaling tools you might want to try.

Choosing your journaling tools

Is it OK to show your journaling to someone else? Should you be worried about privacy? This lecture answers all your privacy-related questions.

Journaling and privacy

Learn how to best organise your journaling so you can revisit it with ease later.

Organising your journaling
7 pages

In this lecture, I'll walk you through the process of setting your own goals for this course and your journaling practice.

Over to you: What would you like to get out of your journaling practice?
3: Getting Started
5 Lectures 18:29

Short on time? This lecture is for you. I'll share tips and suggestions about how you can make time to journal, whatever your schedule looks like.

Making the time to journal

Find out how creating the right kind of environment can aid your journaling practice.

Creating the right environment

In this lecture, I'll explain why creating a ritual can help you get into the zone when it's time to journal, as well as a few suggestions for the kinds of things you can include in your ritual.

Using rituals to enhance your journaling

Should you worry about grammar and spelling in your journaling? Find out in this lecture.

What about grammar and spelling?

In this lecture, you'll find out how often to journal for maximum results and benefits.

How often to journal
4: Key Types of Journaling
11 Lectures 17:53

An overview of what we'll cover in section four: the key types of journaling.


An introduction to stream-of-consciousness journaling, a wonderful technique that will get your thoughts flowing and enhance your self-expression!

Stream-of-consciousness journaling (part 1)

This is your chance to try out stream-of-consciousness journaling. Follow the instructions and get writing!

Journaling Challenge #1 - Stream-of-consciousness journaling
1 page

More tips on stream-of-consciousness journaling, including how to deal with distractions, sudden insights and discomfort.

More stream-of-consciousness tips

Now that you've learned more about stream-of-consciousness journaling, let's try it again.

Journaling Challenge #2
1 page

Prompts are a staple of journaling. This lecture provides an overview of how they are helpful and how to use them.

Journaling with prompts

In this challenge, you have the chance to journal using prompts as inspiration.

Journaling Challenge #3 - Journaling with prompts
1 page

An introduction to using questions as a journaling tool.

Journaling with Questions

Now that you've learned the basics of journaling with questions, give it a try with this challenge.

Journaling Challenge #4 - Questions
1 page

When you think of journaling tools, you might not immediately think of lists, but they are a fun way to brainstorm and collect different ideas and insights. This lecture explains how to use list, and provides a few suggestions for lists you can introduce into your journaling practice.

Using lists

Practice journaling using lists with this fun challenge.

Journaling Challenge #5 - Using lists
1 page
5: Journaling for Personal Growth
13 Lectures 22:14

An introduction to some of the topics we'll cover in this section as we look at journaling techniques that are useful for personal growth.


You'll learn how journaling with your non-dominant hand (i.e. the hand you don't usually write with) can be an eye-opening journaling technique.

Journaling with dominant and non-dominant hands

Are you ready to try journaling with your non-dominant hand? Give this challenge a try and experience it for yourself.

Journaling Challenge #6: Journaling with dominant and non-dominant hands
1 page

In this lecture, we're looking at a journaling technique that is particularly helpful for your self-care. We'll also talk about the important difference between self-care and self-nurturing.

Nurture lists

Enrich your wellbeing by creating your own nurture lists with this journaling challenge.

Journaling challenge #7 - Create your own nurture list
1 page

Gratitude journals are a popular personal development tool. In this lecture, we'll look at a few different ways you can use gratitude in your journaling, and how to make it as effective as possible.

Gratitude lists

In this journaling challenge, you'll experience the power of creating gratitude lists.

Journaling Challenge #8: Create your own gratitude lists
1 page

This journaling technique is excellent for times when you're experiencing challenges or uncertainty in life. It's blend of introspection and action will help you regain a sense of momentum when you feel stuck.

Finish the story

Practice this technique using an unresolved or uncertain issue in your life right now.

Journaling Challenge #9: Finish a story in your life
1 page

We all have a lively internal dialogue. This lecture shows you how you can use journaling to familiarise yourself with your different inner "voices" and learn to mediate internal conflicts.

Internal dialogue

This journaling challenge gives you the chance to start working with your internal dialogue, beginning with your inner critic.

Journaling Challenge #10 - Using internal dialogue
1 page

In this lecture, you'll learn how to use this powerful journaling tool that we can use to get clarity on our feelings, deepen our self-expression, and get closure on unresolved situations.

Unsent letters

You've learned about writing unsent letters, now write your own with this journaling challenge.

Journaling Challenge #11 - Write an unsent letter
1 page
6: Finding the Gold in Your Journaling
5 Lectures 18:13

An overview of section six: what we'll cover over the next few lectures and what you'll learn from them.


This lecture is all about how to spot recurring themes and patterns in old journaling entries. I explain the different levels and types of patterns that can emerge, and talk about how to go about identifying them.

Recurring themes and patterns

In this lecture, we're looking in more detail at the concept of internal characters and how we can improve our relationship with ourselves by exploring these characters in more depth.

Internal characters

The language we use can tell us a lot about our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. In this lecture, you'll learn what to look for in your journaling language when you revisit old entries.


This lecture is about taking our insights and epiphanies off the page and into the world in the form of change. I'll share the number one question I ask myself after most journaling sessions as well as a few tips you can use to turn your journaling into personal growth and transformation.

Change through journaling
7: Common Obstacles
4 Lectures 13:49

In this section, we're looking at how to overcome some of the most common obstacles people face when they start journaling.


Everyone experiences resistance and procrastination at some point! Find out how to start to overcome them in your journaling, and in other areas of life too, in this lecture.

Resistance and procrastination

Self-censorship is one of the most common issues that causes us to hold back when it comes to our journaling. In this lecture, I'll be talking about how to identify when self-censorship when it arises and replace self-censorship with self-acceptance.

Self-censorship and self-acceptance

In this lecture, you'll learn how to deal with an offshoot of perfectionism (and something that can derail your journaling practice before it's even begun): the all or nothing mindset.

All or nothing mindset
10: What next?
2 Lectures 07:41

Life happens and, even with the best intentions, you'll probably break your journaling habit at some point. In this lecture, you'll learn exactly what to do when you find you're off-track with your journaling.

How to restart your journaling practice after a break

Thanks for joining me for this course! I hope it's been useful and that you've gained plenty of insight and inspiration for your future journaling journey.

If you've enjoyed this course, I would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to review it on Udemy. I would love to get as many people journaling as possible and your review will be invaluable for helping other students decide whether or not the course is right for them. Thanks in advance!

Conclusion & wrap-up
11: Additional resources
1 Lecture 00:00

Ready for more? Continue your journaling journey with this list of recommended books, tools and links.

Additional resources
2 pages
About the Instructor
Hannah Braime
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135 Students
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Creative Coach & Author

I'm a coach and writer, creator of Becoming Who You Are and author of The Ultimate Guide to Journaling. An avid journaler with a passion for the written word, I've been journaling for about 20 years and have watched my practice transform into a gateway to deeper and transformative understanding of myself and the world around me.

I have a degree in English language and literature from University College London, studied counselling for a year, and have spent hundreds of hours coaching people who are on their own personal journeys towards becoming fully self-expressed. My aim is to help people reconnect with their creative selves and use their gifts, strengths and vision to make their corner of the world a better place.