When analyzing the dreams from your journals, keep in mind that in general dreams concern events or problems 3 days prior or the next 3 days in the future of your present life. So in analyzing the full meaning of your dreams you may have to look over a week of dreams to get the complete meaning.
The dates and times should be recorded in your journals. This will enable you to see a pattern over time.
Record important events of the day including any conflicts or problems you encountered. These will connect your waking experience to your dreams.
Number your dreams and the time you had them. Sometimes you may remember more than one dream a night or you may find that, for example, prophetic dreams
or solution oriented dreams are more common at a particular time of the night
Write a brief description of the dream. Make sure to include the subject, location, the atmosphere of the dream the characters, what took place in the dream, the outcome of the dream, any items that stood out, any lessons that were learned and how you felt upon awakening. These can all be clues to the dream's message.
Consider if there were any problems posed by the dream such as difficulties or conflicts. Was there a problem that was solved in the dream? What was it and how was it solved?
Was there any movement involved in the dream? For instance were you running, hiding, waiting for a ride, driving in a car that was going too fast or unable to control?
In dreams, perhaps the most important element is how you felt in the dream. Were you happy about the events taking place, frightened or angry?
Try and classify the dream as best you can. Did it involve family, work, the past or the present? Who seemed to be in charge in the dream?
Now select the major items in the dream.
Consider any items that may have a personal or less mainstream meaning for you.
Jot down a couple of word that you associate with these items.
Pay close attention to metaphors, phrases or songs that appear in your dream.
Link the elements in your dream to situation or people in your waking life.
Be sure to write down anything you learned. Include phrases or lines from a song. Assess what was the eventual outcome of the dream. All or any of these can be significant clues to your dream's meaning.
Use a dream dictionary to check for possible meanings of items in the your dreams. Go with the most probable meaning that resonates for you.
Record the post dream events. At the end of the day, record any experiences which happened during the day - thoughts, feelings or emotions. Take note of any unusual or chance meetings that happened. Message may reveal themselves in unexpected ways such as noticing a billboard you drive by but had never noticed before, a few words of song that caught your attention.
All of these can be significant clues to your dream's meaning.
Now that you have a 3 day record, use the standard method of understanding dreams to fit those dreams into the experiences you had. Review and analyze the dream time line, which you have recorded taking your dream into consideration.
Make notes of any conclusions you have reached.
Discuss your dream if appropriate with family or friends or join a dream discussion group. The more you talk about your dream and look into discovering the dreams meaning, the easier it becomes to remember your dream. Talking or thinking about your dreams reaffirms to your subconscious your intention to recognize the message your dreams present.