Are you intrigued by journaling? But not sure what type of journal you want to use? In this article, we will explain the various methods of journaling, this way it will be easier for you to pick one to start with.

Remember too, that you can mix and match your journals any way you wish. Ultimately, it’s your journal and if you want it to be a mixture of styles, then why not?

Let’s take a look at some of the many methods of journaling you can use.

General Journal

The first method of journaling is the most traditional form, which is where you simply write down your thoughts as often as needed. You might write in the journal a couple days a week when you have the time or a reason to do so, or you may journal once a day at the end of the day, similar to keeping a diary. This method is the most flexible since it is really up to you how you want to do it. With a general method of journaling, the frequency, what to include, and type of journal organization you use is entirely up to you.

Bullet Journal

This is a newer form of journaling, but one that is getting popular very fast. Bullet journaling provides a way to keep track of everything in your daily life, including finances, goals and bucket lists, family life, work, mental and physical health, and tons more. With bullet journaling, you are using primarily symbols and short words or phrases to discuss different things instead of full pages of writing like with a general or standard form of journaling. It also has an index and page numbers since there are so many different sections in the journal.

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Dream Journal

There are journals about a specific topic, such as your dreams. If you are someone with confusing, elaborate, or vivid dreams, this is the perfect journal to keep. You can have a dream section in a bullet journal, or dedicate one small journal to nothing but recording your dreams. It helps to write them down immediately upon waking, as you will forget them rather quickly.

Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is one where you aren’t just talking about all your thoughts or what you do day to day, but actually only talks about the good things. It is meant to help you practice mindfulness and live a happier life through gratitude. You look at the positive parts of your day, no matter how big or small they are, and put those in your journal. By doing this, you are able to focus more on the things in your life and dwell less on the bad things. Over time, you can start to heal and live a more optimistic life.

Of course, from here you can get more specific and do a journal for your health or keep one for your pets. We would love to hear what your favorite method of journaling is, or which one you are going to start with. Just leave us a note in the comments below!


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  1. Doria Musaga says:

    I think journaling can be a life saver in these stressful times. For that reason I want to use Sue’s platform to promote journaling as part of my women’s fitness strategy.

    Thank you for these well written articles about journaling.

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