I believe in the benefits, yet theres’s a disconnect. Each time I try to maintain a journal in earnest, I fizzle out.
I’ve been there too Dave. At many points in my life. There are many things that helped me — building it on existing routines, letting “anything count” even if it is a single word or a doodle (and there are a few days it’s been only that), and allowing myself to “back fill” where I fill the current day’s entry in the next day.
But, while I certainly believe in the benefits of keeping a journal I certainly understand it is not something for everyone. It’s OK not to journal if that’s you.