Do you have an issue that is constantly on your mind, but you can’t quite find the answer yet? Have you had people say, “stop thinking about it so much and the answer will come to you”? Not easy right! But that is what prompted me to start looking into starting a dream journal. I knew that the only way I could put the “thinking” out of my head was to find a different way to approach things. So I thought about putting my dreams to work for me.
- Find a Blank Journal – Find a journal that will work for your project. Remember that you will be writing in this journal right upon waking up so your handwriting might not be that coordinated. I usually write in a college rule notebook but I decided to start with a wide rule for this one so I can write larger. You could also consider a blank page if you want more room for free-form writing.
- Place the journal and pen near your bed – You want to keep this journal close by so you can stay close to your waking state in order to remember as much about your dream as possible.
- Keywords or Title – As I mentioned above, you may want to go back and read previous journal days to find patterns or similarities. If you can give a title to your dream, and give it some keywords, it will make finding the dream you are looking for easier.
- Prepare for the next days dream – As you are getting ready for bed take a moment to date your next journal entry. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time remember what date I’m on when I’m fully awake, trying to do it when I just woke up – good luck! This will also help you to get in the habit of writing each day. And then give yourself a little encouragement to remember your dream that night.
There is no better time to start your Dream Journal than right now. Start small and choose something to write with today. You can upgrade to a more official journal in the upcoming weeks.