If you’re anything like me, you prefer to write things down on paper instead of keeping everything in your phone. I like to organize all my items together, but I also find that having too many journals is troublesome to carry around at times. However, here’s my secret: sticky notes. I use sticky notes to jot down my different ideas and then I later transfer them to the appropriate journals. This enables me to remember them even better since I’m writing them down twice instead of once. You could also keep one small notebook with you at all times to write your ideas down and transfer them to the appropriate journals later on.
Don’t Want a Million Journals? Try this!
If you hate having a million journals lying around everywhere, another alternative is to keep these journals electronically. Make files/folders on your computer for any of these journals that you want to keep and continuously add to them easily.
Another idea is to create files/folders in google docs and separate the files by date in one folder, or to create a doc of each type of journal you want to keep. This way it’s easily accessible by computer, phone, or tablet.
Here are 8 ideas on different types of journals that you can keep.
Do you ever get creative ideas but forget them later on? This idea journal is where you can store all your ideas for projects, stories, etc. Jot down all ideas that come to you, even if they sound silly. Go through this journal daily or a few times a week. You’d be surprised how idea #2 sounded silly, but paired with idea #13 and idea #20 make a perfect story idea or great idea for a craft!
Exercise, diet, allergy, career, children, gratitude, crafts, etc. You name it! Keep a journal for specific topics that you write in daily, every other day, weekly, etc. They can help you stay organized and are easy to look back on to track your progress, find patterns, or track weaknesses (especially allergies and diet).
Sometimes writers get writer’s block, one of the scariest things for a writer; I know because I had writer’s block for over seven years and it took a lot of work to overcome it. Keeping a writing journal really helped with that. You can find daily writing prompts or daily topics and just write whatever comes to mind without paying attention to grammar, spelling, etc. Eventually, your creative juices should start flowing again.
If you love writing poetry and want to get better at it or just want to express yourself somewhere, do it in your poetry journal. You can also use daily prompts or topics to keep you writing on a regular basis.
If you love travelling, it’s a good idea to keep track of places that you’ve been. For example, my parents took many places me when I was a kid, but I don’t remember where they were since I was too young at the time. I had to ask my dad where those places were, so I could keep them in my travel journal. In the future, I’d like to take my (future) children to those places. There are also places that I go camping that I really liked and didn’t like, so I keep those in my travel journal to keep track of what site I stayed at and why I liked it there.
Some people don’t really pay much attention to their dreams, but I believe that your dreams can tell you a lot of your mental state. I like to write down my dreams when there’s something in particular that I liked or didn’t like. Many times my nightmares are so vivid that I wake up feeling terrified. Often, I write down these dreams in my idea journal because they could potentially make a really good horror/suspense novel.
Gardening/Nature (also Specific Topics)
If you love gardening, this is a journal for you! You can write down the dates that you planted your seeds, the areas in the garden they were planted (or the house), and whether they were successful in that area or not. Some plants like south facing windows while others like east or west facing windows, or those directions in the garden. You can also write details such as how long it took them to germinate, how long it took before you were able to harvest, and how big or small the harvest was. This is also a great way to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them again.
Meditation (Specific Topics)
This is another idea for specific topics that I want to talk discuss. If you are new to meditation, it’s important to keep some kind of written account on what works and what doesn’t work. When I was first learning, I found that it was really hard for me to meditate on my own and to a man’s voice. I also learned that I could only meditate for three to five minutes at a time before my mind would start to wander. When I look back, I can see the progress I’ve made so far, especially how long it took me to get to where I am today. I love looking at the progress I’ve made in any aspect of my life because it’s so rewarding to see the accomplishments you’ve made and the obstacles that you had to overcome to get to where you are.
I hope these ideas for types of journals gave you something to think about and allows you to use those notebooks you’ve collected, but had no idea what to do with them. I have loads of notebooks/paper pads that I’ve collected over the years and I love decorating the cover with stickers/washi tape. If you want some ideas on how to decorate a monthly planner, you can check out my post How I Decorate My Planner.