When you begin journaling it will likely occur to you that having more than one type of journal might be the best way to keep everything organized better. When you have more than one type of journal, you can simply go to the specific journal to work on one issue at a time or keep a specific topic or series of entries organized so you can make better decisions.
1. Bullet Journals – This type of journal is useful for anyone who has lots of to-do lists, loves using a pen and paper, and who enjoys goal tracking. Your journal should have a table of contents that you create as you add to the journal so you can find things. You-ll use symbols, colors, and lines to make your bullet journal. You should be able to understand at a glance what’s on the page.
2. Vision Journals – You may have heard of vision boards and this is essentially it, except it’s a journal that helps lead you to your vision. The way it works is that you set up the journal to have only one goal per page. Then you can write words, add pictures, or draw something that enables you to make plans to reach that goal. When you do reach the goal, be sure to go back and add the date of achievement.
3. Line-a-Day Journals – Basically this journal is what it’s called – you write down only one line a day. You’ll simply write in the journal a short line about what you did that day. It should be only a sentence or two at the most, and should not take up that much space in your journal. If you prefer a minimalist approach, this journal might become a favorite. Some people like using a calendar and a pen for this.
4. Classic Journal – This is simply a diary, and you can write whatever you want in it every day. It can be long, short, or you can skip days if you want to. The classic journal is just like the diary that you maybe kept as a child. You write whatever you want in it daily, for as long as you want – a few lines or a full page.
5. Prayer Journal – This is a particular type of journal where you essentially act like your diary or journal is part of your devotional to your higher power. Write to God or Spirit with your prayers instead of saying them out loud. Write them down so you remember them and can look back on them.
6. Dream Journal – Some people really like tracking their dreams because they believe that dreams provide signs for life. If you want to track your dreams, you have to train yourself to write in your dream journal every morning while you still remember the dream. Write about the dream and then research what it means and write about that too, so you can expand your understanding.
7. Food Journal – Write down every single thing you eat every day. Some people like to include the calorie contents and so forth. It can also help to write down why you eat it, how you felt about eating it, and things like that. If you’re trying to break an unconscious snacking habit or analyze why you feel less-than-great, a food journal can help you focus in on unhealthy eating habits and change them.
8. Travel Journal – A wonderful way to remember your travels is to keep a travel journal. Some people like making one for each trip so that it’s easier to remember. You can write your thoughts in your journal, but you can also attach tickets, pics, and memories, and even brainstorm about places you’d like to visit in the future.
9. Gratitude Journal – This is just what it sounds like. It’s a journal where you record each day what you’re thankful for and grateful for. Nothing negative should be written in this journal because it’s designed to help you think more positively, and to help you focus on the good things in your life that you might overlook. For even more on Gratitude Journals check out this POST.
10. Project Journal – This is a handy journal to keep, especially for anyone who regularly works on projects. Keeping a journal of each project you work on that records actions taken, results, and data, will help you improve every project but will also help you look back on this one with excitement. This kind of journal can also help you document and remember solutions to problems and can help you reinforce your self-esteem by reviewing your victories.
If you want to journal to help work through a problem, keeping specific journals for different things is an effective way to go about it. It’s also a great way to store your thoughts and memories for the future in an organized and useful manner.
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