Review and re-evaluate
This is something I have often done in a rather ad-hoc manner. However, ad-hoc or structured, the process of re-reading your journaling can be very revealing.
Taking time to go back over the thoughts, feelings, and experiences you have documented can be very powerful for noticing patterns and revealing different perspectives on memories and experiences.
To help do this, leave some writing space after every week’s worth (or other designated period) of entries to write down any insights or deeper understandings that are revealed when reviewing your journaling.
As you re-read your journaling ask yourself some of the following questions:
Use the extra writing space you have reserved to journal any patterns or insights gained, from week to week and month to month.
No matter what reason brings you to journaling, trust your inner wisdom to guide you as you put pen to paper.
Relax into the process without judgment or over thinking, and you will soon find that flow will happen, as you are transported into a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.