When most people think about journals, they think of the blank leather covered books found in bookstores and gift shops. The reality is, journals have changed a lot over the last few years. Now you can get just about any type of journal you want… from weight loss journals to spiritual journals to gratitude journals.
If you want to start journaling, but aren’t sure what would work best for you here are five different types of journals to think about.
Weight Loss Journals
If you’re working on weight loss, one of the steps experts tell you to do is keep a weight loss journal.
A weight loss journal is set up in such a way that you can keep track of your goals and achievements. There’s usually space for keeping track of what you ate, how much and what type of exercise you did. There are often checklists, and a place for you to write down your thoughts on the day and how you’re feeling about things.
Planning journals help you focus on your goals and stick to them through a series of prompts and checklists. There is a huge variety of these type of journals available. Almost anything you can think of to plan for, there is a journal out there for it.
For example, there are journals with themes such as goal setting, career, weight loss, parenting, and blogging. Depending on the journal theme, you may have a checklist with a small writing area or prompts giving you tasks to complete and thoughts regarding those tasks.
Devotional journals are one of the most popular selling journals and can be used to journal about your spiritual practice.
Keep in mind, these are not themed for a specific religion or spiritual practice. The niche group of devotional journals are available for nearly every religion and offer a similar set-up across the board.
In most, you will find a scripture, passage, or quote and then space to write about your thoughts related to the daily thought or passage. This can help you work through your spiritual issues or attain spiritual and religious goals you may have.
As the name implies a wreck journal is one that you, well, wreck. They are filled with prompts that include writing, drawing, coloring, even ripping out pages or poking holes through them. The idea behind these journals is to get stress out of your system while being more creative and opening yourself up to new ideas.
Bullet journals are the sandbox of journaling. You can use these with calendars, lists, bullet lists, and task lists. It is all open for you to create and use different methods to arrive at your short term and long term goals. It really is up to you how you create your bullet journal and there’s no one right way of doing it.
One of the things to consider with these journals are how to note your bullet lists. You can use different symbols for different tasks and each month you move the tasks you did not complete over, leave off tasks you no longer are interested in, or move tasks in priority.
So there you have it, a brief description of the five most popular journals currently on the market. There are actually hundreds of journal types available. Just think of what your goals for journaling are and then begin the search for the right journal for you. There is one out there for nearly every goal and every journaling level.
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