Michaela Rosales
January 8, 2021

How To Build a Morning Journal Routine

Little changes make a big impact- How to Build a Morning Journal routine

It’s November, Fall is in full swing (at least where I live) which makes me want to curl up and have quiet time, sitting next to a cozy fire while sipping on a hot cup of coffee.

Can anyone else relate?

However, you may be like me and not have a ton of time in the morning because of course there is a to-do list waiting for you, and kids who need your attention.

Journaling can be a great way to start off your day on the right foot, giving you the opportunity to reflect, express gratitude, and dump all of the millions of thoughts floating around in your head.

Today I am going to be sharing with you my top 5 journal entries to help you get started. 

I’d love for your likes, comments, and shares! They mean a lot to me and help me stay motivated :)

Journaling is proven to have many positive effects on your mental, emotional and physical health:
  1. Helps to manage depression
  2. Helps to lower anxiety levels
  3. Stress management 
  4. Enhances creativity 
  5. Provides clarity and focus 

Among many other benefits. 

What do you need to get started? Not much!

A notebook and your favorite pen/pencil: Here is a link to my favorite 


I like to do it in the morning because I inevitability wake up feeling stressed the moment I open my eyes with all the things that need to get done. So, journaling in the morning helps me brain dump, giving me clarity for what is really important/urgent for the day. In a nutshell it helps me prioritize.


Find a comfy quiet place, and make sure your family knows that you have boundaries around your 10-15 minute journaling time.  If you need help setting boundaries, here is an excellent book to get you started —-> Boundaries 


Below is how I break down my journal entries

In the first section of my journal, this is where I brain dump… I scribble down everything on my mind, not worrying about grammar or spelling. Just free streaming thoughts. 

Next, I take a moment to jot down yesterdays wins. This always helps me get into a better mindset. 

Then, I follow up with a quick note or two about what could have made yesterday better? 

For me, yesterday I skipped my workout. I know that if I didn’t skip, I would have had more clarity, focus, and energy. So, today I want to make that a priority!

After that, I make note of at least 3-5 things I am thankful for. I don’t generalize here, I write specifics, for example, today I am thankful for the opportunity to interview another military spouse for the podcast, and the relationship that will come out of it. 

Finally, I like to write down what my focus is for the day.  What are my intentions, if I get x,y,z done I will feel accomplished and productive. I like to call these my big rocks. 

Alright, there you have it. These are my five quick tips on how to build a morning journaling routine! 

If you have any things you would like to add, that have been working for you please comment below.