Journaling is a fun pastime, but it’s also a useful technique that incorporates mindfulness, meditation, and organization. People tout its effectiveness at relieving stress and keeping them on track in all areas of their life. On top of that, journaling can be a great way to remember how far you’ve come in life, including all the great, but small, moments you’ll forget in a few years. Still, some people struggle to figure out what kind of journaling is for them. If you are one of these people, read more to hear about three amazing ways to journal.
Some people love the idea of starting a new habit, but fail to keep up with them each day. Habit trackers aren’t always easy to fill out, or you can easily forget about them. Even more frustrating, you often can’t remember why you weren’t able to complete some tasks on particular days, when you may have had a good reason. If this sounds like you, minimalist journaling could be a great solution! By keeping your habits confined to a small space, you won’t feel overwhelmed by a big list or many sections that need to be filled out. Furthermore, you’ll be able to keep track of the “why” behind not doing what you should do. This will help give a broader picture of how you’re doing and what stands in the way of your success.
On the other hand, you might be a person who loves to chronicle their life. Story-driven journaling is a fun way to experience your life from the outside. Rather than listing events in your life as disconnected moments, story-driven journaling requires you to look at your life like a novel. Who are the characters? Where did the action take place? What were the big highlights? You’ll find yourself worrying less about writing down what you ate for breakfast or what you wore and more on the impactful moments. Plus, it makes for a great read down the line.
If you love art and creativity, but struggle with organization, bullet journaling is the right option for you. There are hundreds of designs online for you to copy — from daily agendas to lists of books you want to read — or, you can create your own pages! Each spread is entirely up to you, which means you can easily cut out the sections that you don’t care about, while adding new content to cover what you do. On top of that, creating a nice bullet journal spread is a fun activity for those Sunday afternoons when you aren’t sure what to do, and you can quickly set up everything you need for the next week or month.
Journaling is an activity that many people brush aside as being too involved or too structured. However, there is a type of journaling for everyone; it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. So, next time you lament about being disorganized or wishing there were a better way, try one of these three ways to journal and see which method works best for you!