I know, I know, this sounds like one of those Oprah things where you have to stare off into space and ruminate on the world while chewing on the cud of your troubles.
It's slightly like that, except that you don't have to stare off into space, and you can actually chew on something edible and nice while journalling.
I am now filing a whole host of journal keeping tips and ideas, so stay tuned!
Your first tip, grad student, chained office worker, person generally alienated from the world, is to discard all your negative notions about journal keeping. If you can, read this list aloud to yourself.
First, journal keeping is not about being weepy and telling your notebook how unlucky you are, and what a martyred mortal you are for being in such a quagmire/rut/mess.
Second, you don't have to write every single day. You don't even have to KNOW how to write well. Who's checking, anyhow?
Third, you set your time for writing in your journal. You don't have to do it when you get up in the morning, or while your experiment is running, or before you go to bed. Write when you want to.
Fourth, you don't need to just write; you can put in memorabilia from your walks or your travels, like those dried autumn leaves, that nice piece of squirrel tail, or that ballpen you stole from your crush in class. Ok, maybe not the squirrel tail.
Fifth, if you run out of ideas, you can always check back here. No kidding. I have verbal diarrhea when it comes to giving writing advice.
So - watch out for more journaling tips!