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Types of Journaling to Choose From

When you want to journal in the new year, one thing you should know is that there are many types of journals to choose from. The type you decide on will depend on a number of factors, including whether or not you like to write, what the journal will be used for, and how often you want to use it. Think about your goals and reasons for journaling when deciding on which one is best for you. Here are a few ideas:

Simple Daily Journal

The first type of journal is a basic journal, similar to a diary. The great this about this type of journal is that you can write anything and everything in it. You might want a theme for the journal, such as using it to record what you eat and how often you work out if your New Years’ resolution is to lose weight, or you write down what you are thinking each day.

Some people also like to use these types of journals to record triggers for things like anxiety and depression. If you have been under a lot of holiday stress, it really helps to write all of your thoughts and feelings down in a journal.

Gratitude Journal

You can also start writing in a gratitude journal, which is a great way to journal in the new year and embrace your positive side. Instead of writing anything in the journal, it is reserved just to talking about what you are grateful. Every day, you will have at least one thing you are happy about, whether that is your family, friends, job, pets, something that good that happened, or even simple joys like watching your favorite movie or buying something you have been wanting for a long time.

Tips for Starting a Gratitude Journal

Here are some different ways you can really benefit from the gratitude journal:

  • Write in it every day
  • Try to set a timer for 5-10 minutes
  • Do stream of consciousness writing (explained in next section)
  • Keep it positive
  • Write about as many things you are grateful for each day
  • Bring it everywhere with you

Stream of Consciousness Journal

This type of journal is similar to the basic journal, but you don’t really have a theme or subject you are sticking to. With this type of journal, the goal is just to write whatever comes to mind first. This is another journal that benefits from having a timer. With a stream of consciousness journal, you just start writing without thinking too much about it. The point is not to think about what you want to write about. Just start doing it and see what comes out.

The options for journals in the new year truly are endless. Be creative and make a list of why you want to journal and what you want included in it when deciding which one will be the best fit for you.

Types of Journaling to Choose From

Bullet Journal

A bullet journal is one of the top types of journals to use in the new year. This journal is not going to rely on a lot of writing, but more organizing your life. It can be used for absolutely everything in your life, including what you do, what you want to do, birthdays and holidays, appointments and events, to-do lists, dreams, and so much more. You will learn more about bullet journaling in the next section, but here are a few things to include in a bullet journal:

  • Daily to-do lists
  • Weekly and monthly calendars
  • Lists of places to go or things to do
  • Business plans
  • Cleaning and errands scheduling
  • Meal planning
  • Tracking your weight, fitness, and other personal goals

How a Bullet Journal Can Help You

Journaling can help you stay organized and feel fulfilled. There are many different types of ways to journal. You can keep a stream of consciousness journal. You can journal weekly. Or you can use a journal to keep tabs on all the important happenings in your life. A bullet journal is a great way to document to-do lists, events, and other milestones on a regular basis. As you make bullet journaling a habit, you’ll begin to accrue a library of each year’s activities. These are great mementos to look back on in the future. Here are a few ways a bullet journal can help you in the New Year:

bullet journal
Get Organized

If you’ve tried to keep a journal or planner before but find yourself getting off track, a bullet journal is a great way to get organized. Bullet journals lack the rigid structure of a planner. And bullet journals provide opportunities for personalization beyond pen color. There are a few standard approaches to a bullet journal, but it’s up to you to make a bullet journal your own. These are some best practices:

  • Pick a notebook you love
  • Set aside the first few pages for an Index
  • Number all your pages
  • Label your pages appropriately
  • Review and revise as needed

Many people choose to use a blank or grid-style notebook. These notebooks provide you with more flexibility than lined notebooks. The first few pages may stay blank for a while, but as you add content your index will grow. Your index can include topics, like planning a wedding or birthday party. Any time you write down information about that topic, put the page numbers in the index. It’s important that you number all pages in order to stay organized.

Use Symbols

Some people think that a bullet journal is just bullets. And those people are kind of correct. A bullet journal is based on bullets, but these bullets can be changed or modified to accurately reflect the status of a list item. For example, a single bullet can represent a task that needs to get done. But when you complete that task, you can change that bullet to an X to indicate a job is done. Some people use > and < symbols to “migrate” their bullets.

Be Creative

A bullet journal provides you with the freedom to keep things as simple or as wild as you like. You can express your creativity with funky headlines, washi tape, colorful markers, or any other fun additions you’d like. Bullet journals free you from the conventional planner. Add what matters most to you, and enjoy seeing your life’s story told one page at a time.

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