I believe in the benefits, yet there’s a disconnect. Each time I try to maintain a journal in earnest, I fizzle out.
Keeping a journal is hard, it is one of the most important things in my life, but it also one of the things I struggle the most with. And I have ended up with a three rules that makes it much easier to do
It is okay to skip a day or five. Like for example when you are on vacation.
Just write something every day.
Pick the tools that make it easy for yourself. I use a huge hardcover lined notebook, and something like a Hobonichi Planner or Field Notes is two very good alternatives if you want something more portable.