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Saturday, May 27, 2017

5 Different Kinds of Journals to Keep

I'm someone who has way too many journals but not enough downtime to keep a diary. Luckily for me, there are plenty of journals out there that don't necessarily need a paragraph of writing the way daily diaries do. If you're like me and also struggle with the journal to time ratio, hopefully you'll find this post useful in some way. The journals I've included below require very little daily attention and rather than keeping track of your life as a whole, focus on just one part of it.

1. Happiness Journal
Every night write a sentence or two about something that made you smile that day. This could be a compliment someone gave you, a joke a friend or family member told you or a action you took that you're really proud of. Anything that left you with a nice warm feeling inside afterwards. Then if at any time you're feeling blue, you can flick through this journal and relive all your happiest moments.

2. Gratitude Journal

There is always something to thankful for. Take a few minutes to write about a couple of things that you want to express your gratitude towards. Jot down a new list every day. You could be grateful for a person, a place, a book or even a song. The options are endless. When life gets busy/chaotic, we often forget to appreciate the little things in life. It's so easy to get caught up in your past or future, you can neglect living for the present. This journal will really force you to think in the moment which is really important for us to do sometimes. 

3. Dream Journal
If you're a light sleeper, you're sure to have some pretty strange but seemingly symbolic dreams. Keeping a dream journal is a great way to look into these further by finding reoccurring patterns or ideas. Make sure to keep this journal on your bedside table so you can record your dream the moment you wake up. When it's still fresh in your mind, it's easier to get a more accurate description.

4. Goals Journal
This journal is for any goal setter who wants to track their progress and be able to acknowledge every little step they make towards their ultimate accomplishment. By putting your goals to paper, you're more likely to stick by them. In this journal you can write down a plan of attack and make yourself a checklist for the smaller achievements within your bigger goal. So no matter how far out of reach your end point may feel, you'll still know that you're getting closer to it every single day.

5. Ideas Journal
Keep this journal handy in case of any lightbulb moments you have on the go. Fill it with diagrams and brainstorms. Don't be afraid to make it messy. As long as your getting your thoughts across, that's all that matters. Remember that no idea is too small or too crazy. Whether it's a tiny inkling, an elaborate picture or a question you can't stop asking yourself, if it gets the cogs turning, it's worth noting down. You never know, it could be the start of something big.

Out of this list, what type of journal appeals to you the most? Thanks for reading! 


  1. I had heard of gratitude journals. I have an idea journal. I mean, kinda. It is not super organized but that's where my ideas go! xx corinne

    1. Haha, thanks for your comment Corinne! At least you're getting your ideas down, that's what matters most!

  2. I use a bullet journal. It's been really useful in organising my time & it's evolved to suit me. I will use some of your suggestions to add to it. Great post,thank you

    1. I've heard a lot about bullet journals actually! I don't own one right now but would definitely like to sometime in the future. Thanks Callie!


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