A few years back I used to follow Live Bold and Bloom, a very popular personal development and award-winning blog by Barrie Davenport. I enjoyed her friendly and positive writing style. She teamed up with S.J. Scott last year to write Effortless Journaling: How to Start a Journal, Make it a Habit and Find Endless Writing Topics.
The book is purely aimed at people who are just starting out in journaling and would like to find out more about this form of writing.
The book starts out with the power of journaling and its benefits on various parts such as the personal, physical and productive. Almost all the benefits they listed are evidence-based and back up with data in the footnotes, which I thought was nice.
A whole chapter is dedicated to the art of mindfulness and the connection between journaling and mindfulness. Steve Scott has written a book on Mindful Journaling which he refers to every now and then.
The book then delves into the various tools a beginning journalist can try out such as physical notebooks, digital apps and habit tracking softwares to maintain the routine.
The fifth part of the book is the beefiest and it includes a chapter on each one of the journaling strategies the authors propose: Daily diary, journaling with prompts, morning pages, mindfulness journaling, goal-oriented journaling, bullet journaling and custom making your own (mix and match).
Each strategy chapter follows the same outline. First it gives a short overview of the type of journaling. Secondly, it lays down the advantages and disadvantages of this form of writing and who it’s best suited for. Next, the chapter offers starting steps to adopt the strategy. Finally, resources are offered for external reference, and these could be books for further reading, apps to download or notebooks to buy.
Two chapters at the end of the book are dedicated for habit forming and keeping journaling consistent.
I found the book easy to read and well organized; however, if you’re someone well versed in the topic of journaling, you might find the information very basic and mundane. Also, I imagine in a few years many of the apps and notebooks suggested would be out of date. The book is ideal for someone who’s interested in beginning journaling and it gives a decent summary of each journaling trend and what tools are required.
- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publication date: 2018
- ISBN-13: 9781946159175
- My Rating: ★★★