As a kid, when I was bored, I remember standing up, bending at the waist and looking back through my own legs to see the world in a new way. Up was down and down was up. People travel for that same reason–to see the world –and themselves–with fresh eyes.

For many of us, the main purpose for journaling is about reflection, self-knowledge, and intentional, purposeful change. If you want to learn more about yourself, you have to see yourself and your world from new perspectives. We each have our own blind spots in our lives.

We can’t see ourselves clearly. We need to shift perspectives to get new information.

Journal techniques can help you gain fresh eyes without the travel, without the acrobatics. Some journal techniques are so simple they hardly seem like a technique at all. But power often lies in simplicity.

Here are a few journal techniques that many experienced journal writers use to deepen and expand their writing.

  • Lists
  • Dialogs
  • Altered Viewpoint
  • Inner Voice
  • Unsent Letter
  • Five-Minute Sprint
  • Stepping Stones
  • Letter to Another Time
  • Trance Writing