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Ideas for Different Ways To Journal

By Dianne M. Daniels | self-empowerment

Not every journal has to be a blank, paged book that you write in for hours sharing your innermost thoughts. Some journals only take minutes to update, and others use no words at all.

Journaling isn’t so much about how you do it as it is that you do it with frequency and consistency.  

 Depending on the outcome you desire from journaling, you can design a customized, individual journal practice that accommodates your needs. You can keep track of a goal, work through difficult times, express yourself creatively, engage in self-care or simply catalog your dreams. Whatever your need, there is a way to journal it.  

Let’s look at some traditional journal ideas:

  • Blank notebooks 
  • Electronic notebooks 
  • A writer’s pad  
  • Fill-in-the-blank prompting journals 
  • Gratitude journals 

Traditional physical journals are great for people who love to write and spend time laying out their thoughts and ideas with minimal prompting or influence from the outside.

For those more comfortable at the keyboard, an electronic journal may be ideal – consider taking it with you using a smartphone or tablet, or use a text editor / word processor to type out your thoughts. If you’re more comfortable speaking your thoughts, consider using a dictation program or use the speech recognition that is widely available on many devices.

Here are some unconventional journal ideas:

  • Bullet journals 
  • Video journals 
  • Art journals – with a specific theme, like a Bible art journal, or other types of art and inspiration like colored pens or pencils
  • Vision boards or boxes 
  • Mind maps 
  • Food  and exercise journals 

These unique journal styles can appeal to men and women who prefer alternatives to writing out their thoughts longhand, or want a journal with a more specific purpose. Busy people who don’t have spare time may find bullet journaling an effective way to stay on track with their creativity without sacrificing too much energy.

Artists may love expressing their thoughts, ideas, and dreams in a doodle journal or through a series of painted pieces in a collection. a collection of blank art templates with space to record your thoughts could double as a sketchbook and a journal.

Sometimes the mere activity of making the art opens the mind to new thoughts while it’s distracted by the art activity. 

For those who prefer no-nonsense and practical methods of journaling, a mind map may be just the ticket. Mind mapping takes ideas and thoughts and creates compartmentalized areas for each thought. Then the ideas that match that thought are neatly assigned to the thought. This is a very unique way to organize anything from starting a new business to writing a book.  

The take-away about journaling is the fact that there are as many ways to express ourselves as there are ideas in our heads. You may love to write longhand about how grateful you are each night before you go to be but you also have an electronic notepad on your smart phone that you use to jot down bullet points on business ideas that pop into your head at work.

Having more than one journal is as common as journaling itself, and honors all the facets of who you are as you create and manifest your DivaStyle Life.










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