There are many different types of journals that can help keep your everyday projects and hobbies more organized. I have listed the different types of journals that I have found to be the most interesting and I hope that these will inspire you to start your own journal.
Journaling is such a fantastic practice to cultivate for many reasons. It forces you to look back and see your thoughts at one point in history. It helps you make better life decisions when considering past experiences, feelings, and memories. You can also notice patterns in your behavior and your attitudes. Journaling can serve as a source of encouragement to remind you of where you’ve come from. It’s also great to show you how much you’ve done in the past.
17 Different types of journals
1. Writing Journal
If you are an aspiring writer, a writing journal is an excellent idea. You can use it to contain all of your manuscripts and rough drafts. It’s also great because in many cases, writers experience writer’s block. When this happens, it’s still important to write anyway. The way that a writer pushes past writer’s block is through writing whatever comes to their mind first. It’s a discipline. Creative writing prompts are helpful for pushing past recent writing writer’s block. When it’s time to get those words down on paper, a writing journal is a perfect home to hold all of the words that you’ve written. This is especially true if you are a songwriter. You can write down lyrics to potential songs that you could attach melodies and harmonies to in the future.
2. Bullet Journal
A bullet journal is perfect for someone who writes a lot of lists. When you write a lot of records, and you don’t have them in one place, it can be really frustrating when it’s time to look for them. You can choose to write down bullets filled with potential ideas that you’d like to execute. You can use the bullet journals to write down your grocery list. It’s still great to have all of your records in one place. You can keep a bullet journal on your phone in your notes app as well. Many others prefer to write down their lists instead. One fun option involves using markers to create the bullet points. If you love the idea of color-coding your list, a bullet journal might be the most visually appealing option for you. It can also be a practical way to help you get through your day.
3. Dream Journal
Many people have very vivid dreams. Unfortunately, when it’s time to wake up, they tend to forget what their dreams were about. Some people get messages through their dreams, and they take the dreams very seriously. Keeping a dream journal is helpful because it can serve as a tool to help you remember what your dreams were about. Sometimes, your dreams are sent so that you can analyze them and learn more about yourself. As soon as you wake up, do your best to write down the dreams that you had in a dream journal. Keep the dream journal by your bedside so that you won’t forget.
4. Food Journal
A food journal is incredible because many people are dying to try different recipes. However, they don’t have the time or energy to remember all the ingredients and recipes when they need them. If you keep a food journal, it’s an excellent way for you to document all the recipes that you’d like to try in the future. You can just grab the food journal when you’re on your way to the grocery store. Then, you’ll be able to remember exactly what you want to try and you’ll be able to expand your cooking repertoire. When you try a delicious dish, you’ll have it documented so that you can pull it up whenever you’re ready to try it again. If you want to get fancy with it, you can even take Polaroid pictures and attach them to each page in the journal. A good food journal is also helpful for those who are tracking their calories because they want to lose weight.
5. Travel Journal
If you’re a travel enthusiast and love planning, a travel journal is one of the types of journals that can serve as a fantastic resource for you. Use a travel journal to write down the ideas you have regarding the places you like to travel. You could also use that journal to write down the restaurants you’d like to try and the museums you’d like to visit while you’re in those different places. If you learn about new websites for traveling, you can write them down in the journal. There are also tons of new apps and airlines that come out with new deals and discounts. You can keep all of this information in your travel journal so that when you’re ready to access it, you can.
6. Art Journal
An art journal can be used in a myriad of ways.
If you are an artist a art journal is a valuable asset for safe keeping you creative ideas and artwork.It becomes your create book of thoughts and original master pieces.
If you are an art enthusiast, this can be an excellent place for you to write down your experiences with words and clipart hen you visit different museums or try different art forms. Perhaps you’d like to try a clay-making class. After the class, you can write down your experience and your feelings about it. The same goes for an experience at a paint and sip class.
7. Prayer Journal
A prayer journal is really special to someone who is deeply religious and spiritual. This is one of the types of journals where you can write down the deepest desires and prayers of your heart. As they are answered, you can cross them off of your list. You can write down anything in that journal and use it as a source of encouragement when you’re feeling down. Sometimes, you might feel like your prayers aren’t being answered. However, if you look back at a few pages and look at the crossed-out prayers, you’ll realize that you just need to keep the faith and continue praying. If there’s somebody you need to pray for, make sure to write it down in the prayer journal so that you don’t forget.
8. Reading Journal
If you are a part of a book club, a reading journal is one of the perfect types of journals to keep. As you read a book, write down your thoughts about different chapters. Write down the events that resonated with you deeply in the book. Write down different quotes that spoke to your soul. When you go to the book club session, you can quickly pull out your reading journal and share your perspective with the group.
9. Gratitude Journal
Many celebrities like Oprah keep a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is strictly for all of the things that you are grateful for. When you are thankful, you open up your heart to be able to receive more from life. So, you could decide to write down three things that you’re grateful for that have happened the day before. You can do the gratitude journal practice at night and write down the things that you’re thankful for that happened that day. This is one of the types of journals to keep if you’d like to cultivate a spirit of happiness and constant appreciation.
10. Project Journal
If you love DIY projects, it’s a great idea to document the journey. Write down the different projects that you work on or that you would like to work on in the future. It’s one thing to pin them on your Pinterest board. It’s another thing to actually write down the steps to get it done. Once you finish the project, you can quickly take pictures and post them in your journal. It’s also a good idea to document some of the places that you used to source specific materials. If you found articles online at particular websites, write them down in the journal so that whenever you need those particular items again, you know where to go.
A garden journal is one of the different types of journals to keep so that you can remind yourself of the flowers and plants that you would like to put in your garden each season. You can quickly use it to write down different notes when you learn new tips on gardening. A friend might teach you about a specific fruit that grows in a particular soil type. You’d want to write it down so that if you ever desired to grow it, you know exactly what to do. If you’re able to find stores that sell certain seeds that you’re looking for, it’s wise to write this information down so that whenever you’re ready to reaccess it, you can.
12. Pocket Journal
A pocket Journal is perfect for anything you need to remember. A pocket journal allows you to remember what you need to take care of. If something resonated with you such as a quote, you can write it down as you hear it. A pocket journal isn’t massive, and it’s one of the different types of journals to keep. Still, it’s easy to carry around whenever you need to access it.
13. Workout Journal
A workout journal can be very involved and helpful when you’re in the midst of exercise journey. If you’re looking to lose or gain weight, a workout journal can help you look at the amount of progress you’re making. If you are thinking of working on building your endurance through a running program, document the details like the distance and speed. It’s adorable to look back and see the progress you’re making over a period of time. If you find that you’re plateauing, this is also an opportunity to look at what you’re doing wrong and switch things up.
14. Pregnancy journal
A pregnancy journal can be used for a myriad of reasons. You can use a pregnancy journal to write down your symptoms and how you’re feeling at different times of the day. There are times when your OB/GYN is going to want to know the details of your symptoms and how you’re doing. A pregnancy journal will help you to remember to write everything down. Many women experience was mainly known as “pregnancy brain.” If you write everything down, you won’t get derailed by the forgetfulness that comes along with a pregnancy.
15. Junk Journal
There will be times when you’re not feeling the greatest, and your mood is feeling pretty low. There will be times when you have stressful seasons in your life. A junk journal serves as a way to get the negative energy out of your brain and on paper. You can use this as a source of release. It’s not okay to hold on to any negative tensions and emotions that you might be feeling. If you are able to take time to write out those feelings and get them out of you, you’re able to process life a little better. It can serve as a cathartic release.
16. Idea Journal
An idea journal can serve as an opportunity for you to have a brain dump. Whether it’s at the end of a long day or the beginning of a new day, you can always keep a journal by your bed and do a brain dump. A brain dump allows you to process everything and you’re able to put these emotions on paper. If you have really great ideas and they’re flowing, you can quickly get them down on paper so that you won’t forget later.
17. Poetry Journal
If you’re a lover of poetry, consider keeping a beautiful journal that you can use to write down poetry as it comes to you. It’s an excellent idea to keep a thesaurus nearby as well. As you get inspiration, you can also use a thesaurus as a resource if you are ever looking for words that rhyme with others. You never know. The poetry that you write today could be a beautiful song tomorrow.
Consider the Following When Starting Your Journal
If you start out to create the perfect journal, remember that there is no such thing. Your journal is documenting your journey. Your journey will have flaws and imperfections, but it’ll be yours. Try not to over analyze the process and make it a new source of stress. It’s there for you as a source of happiness and satisfaction. Take it one day at a time. If you miss one day, that’s okay. Try the next day again. Just remember it’s a journey for your enjoyment.
As you now know there are many different types of journals that a person can keep. Whether you choose to do all seventeen of these journal ideas or two, it’s your choice. Consider your options as you prepare to start your own journaling journey. You can also inspire others with one of these will make a perfect personalized gift for a friend or family member.