Do you ever have your mind just swimming in ideas? A mind working overtime thinking about everything going on in your life? Maybe you find it easier to write your thoughts down on paper than to talk to others. Learn how to journal. There are lots of different methods and types of journaling. Let’s look at 5 different types today.
How To Journal
When you think about how to journal, it’s about thinking of how to get your thoughts down on paper. The best way to do this is to find a quiet time and space to journal. Some people like to journal first thing in the morning. You wake up refreshed and your mind is clear. For some, it can be at night, just before you go to sleep. Like giving yourself a chance to move all of those thoughts racing around in your head and moving them to paper so you can sleep more restfully.
Journaling can also be in the form of “brain dumps”. These are something like project journals. Getting all of your thoughts down on paper about something you are envisioning. Getting it down on paper can give you more clarity in what you are thinking.
Journals don’t have to be anything special. They can be a simple notebook, composition book, spiral notepad. You can get them with blank paper, ruled paper, graph paper, and even dot grid paper. If you want it with a nicer cover or different paper it is completely up to you. The same thing goes for what you write with. It can be as simple as a pencil or pen, markers, calligraphy pens. Whatever floats your boat. It’s your journal.
Here are some examples of journals that can get your thoughts from mind to paper. Get your journal, what you want to write with, your time and space, and let’s get started.
5 Journal Types
Gratitude journals are used to talk about (you guessed it!) things you are grateful for! These types of journals can be really helpful when you are feeling kinda down. When life or the world around you seems to be spiraling out of control. We are in a lot of that type of circumstance as we speak right now. When you think about your life long enough, it will make you realize that there are things, persons, or situations out there you are grateful for! Gratitude journals can put a smile on your face. Make you aware of the good that is out there and in your life. Here is an article that can give you the whole scoop on what gratitude journaling is all about>“The Importance of a Gratitude Journal”
Journaling With Journal Prompts
Journal prompts are a great way to get your thoughts down on paper on a variety of subjects. It is a way of expanding your horizons. Make yourself look more deeply at a situation. A journal prompt typically starts with either a broad question or statement that you respond to. A few examples of journal prompts could be, “what is one thing you would really like to change about yourself?” “What the top 5 things are on your bucket list” or “What is your greatest fear in life?”. In a journal, just write the journal prompt as a title and then answer the question or respond to the statement. You’ll be amazed at how the ideas can flood out and give you some deep insight you never thought was there.
A personal diary is a way to get your innermost feelings down on paper. A diary is like giving yourself permission to move your thoughts out of your mind for a while. Those feelings can come flooding out too and can give you a fresh perspective on what’s going on. It can also help you to see others’ points of view too. All of this and in a private way in a journal. A personal diary doesn’t have to be saved for troubling times in your life either. You can talk about good things happening too. Something you’ve achieved. Something you are striving for. This is your journal and you can write what you like!
The Book of “Brain Dumps”
Your mind is bursting with ideas. Ideas coming from many different directions and many ideas sprouting from those ideas! How can it all make sense? Through a brain dump. Sometimes you see them pictured as mind maps. These can be something like illustrated journals where you have the main goal in the center of the page and all of the steps to get to that goal branching out, into smaller goals, and into individual tasks. These mind maps can give you a more visual of the big picture. It’s like getting an aerial view of a project. Some ideas that come to mind for brain dumps are such project plans as vacation plans, decluttering projects, home renovation, changing careers, school assignments.
Bullet journaling covers quite a lot of expanse. It houses a lot of things important to you, all in one place. All of your tasks, appointments, dates to remember, projects, lists. The bullet journal is a very versatile system and highly customizable to your personal circumstance.
It is your life in a journal, in a nutshell! Keeps your life in order by keeping you aware of tasks and appointments to be done and you are able to keep track of their progress through symbols you use. Know what is to be done, when it is to be done, and what happens to something if it doesn’t get done! Keep important lists at your fingertips in a bullet journal and yes…you can do any of these journaling styles listed above in this bullet journal. To find out more about bullet journaling, please check out my article called, “What is Bullet Journaling (and Why is It All The Rage?)”
So there you have it. 5 different ways on how to journal that are easy to start up, need minimal equipment, and are very personable and customizable for how you want your journal to be. Be as creative or as minimalist in approach as you like. The purpose is to get your thoughts down on paper and in a way that gives you more focus and clarity into your life and who you are inside. What could be better?
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