A journal is a record of your thoughts, experiences, and opinions. One may keep a journal to write down about their daily activities or make lists about literally anything. It's like a collection of your ideas, it can be personal or general, extra or basic, it all depends on how one might want it to be. Keeping a journal can be like a hobby to some, if it isn't yours, there's no harm in giving it a try, who knows what you might find. Don't forget, there is no right way to do it.
To add a good look to your journal, you can always use washi tapes, stickers, cuttings from magazines, print outs, colored pens and anything that you'd like.
Here are a few different types of journal ideas that might catch your interest:
1. Book Journal
A book journal can be about your review about a certain book or the list of books you might want to read in a given time (like a TBR list). You can even use it to jot down your favorite quotes or lines to reread them later. If you are a big-time book reader or if you are fond of reading and you urge people to read a book because you liked it so much, then this one might be the journal you would wanna give a try to.
2. Music Journal
If you're learning to play an instrument or writing a song, this might be the journal that you should start working on. You can write about the songs that you are learning or listening to or even make a playlist. Writing about your daily practice sessions can help you learn an instrument in a short period. Even if you don't play an instrument, you can make a music journal to write about your favorite genres, bands, and musicians.
3. Period Journal
A period journal can be used to track your monthly cycle, flow, and emotional symptoms. It can help you plan your activities and travel by recording your mood throughout a month. It can also help predict your mood for the next month's cycle. Tracking your period can help you recall certain details in front of your doctor. It can also make you recall your activities during that time of the month.
4. Bullet Journal
In a bullet journal, you use bullet points as the core structure while taking notes. It can be used to write down the stuff you don't want to forget. It can be used to take notes in meetings, lectures, and classrooms. Making it creative so you don't forget them depends on person to person. It can be in whatever way you want it to be. Not only this, but you can use it to log your goals, plans, and to-do lists.
5. Food/Recipe Journal
This journal can be used to note down your everyday eating habits. You can write about a meal that you had or a meal that you missed. Also, you can note down any recipes that you'd like to try because handwritten recipes are more heartfelt than the digital ones, aren't they? It can even be used as a gift for a friend.
6. Poetry Journal
A poetry journal is quite easy to maintain if you are an aspiring poet or if you are a poetry lover. You can jot down your poetry ideas in the journal so you don't forget them later, or you can write down your favorite poems to read them whenever you like. If you'd like, you can even write about your favorite poets.
7. Travel Journal
A travel journal can be about the places you've visited, you can write down about your experiences. It can be a collection of your adventures and memories. You can even make a list of places you want to visit. It can be about new things that you learn in your journey or the hidden places that you find. It can even be your itinerary.
8. Art Journal
An art journal has a lot of color and creativity to it. Art journals can have a lot of written stuff in them, or can be just collections of pictures and drawings. Keeping an art journal can be a form of creative self-care. It can help one experiment with creativity without the fear of ruining a drawing. One can make mistakes, and still create ART.
9. Workout Journal
This type of journal can help you track your exercise routine and fitness history. One can write down the exercises that you like to do and the diet you like to follow while working out every day. One can even make a planner for something that you're trying to accomplish by exercising.
10. Language Journal
A language journal can be very useful when you're learning a new language. One can write down about their daily learning milestones, and fun and easy ways to learn new words. Set goals for learning certain words within a time limit, and you'll be multi-lingual in no time. Learning can be fun if you allow it to be.
11. Film Journal
It can be used to jot down one's movie experience and review. One can write down about their favorite movies, favorite dialogues, and even favorite scenes of the film. One can make a list of movies watched or the movies to be watched. This journal is for the ones who like watching and talking about movies.
12. Coffee Journal
This journal can be a record of your favorite coffee stories, like your favorite coffee shop, the best coffee you've had, and even the type of coffee you like the most. It can be about the places you've been to just to try the coffee or the places you'd want to go to. Just can't start your day without a perfect cup of coffee, right?
13. Garden/Plant Journal
This journal is the best for the ones who like to maintain a garden in their backyards. It can be used to track the date of plantation of seeds, harvest dates, and the type of pest control used. One can plan their garden layout in this journal and keep a track of what seeds they are sowing. It can help one figure out what sort of plants grow the best in their garden.
14. Photo Journal
A perfect way to store memories and even write stories beside them to recollect all those times. It doesn't really have to be about some big event, it can be about the day to day small events that bring a smile to your face while thinking about them. Like a photo album, but a level up.
15. Personal Journal
It can be anything you want it to be. One can write down their daily diary entry in it or talk about literally anything that they wanna talk about. It can be a log of one's experiences and ideas. It can be used to keep track of one's feelings and mood.
16. Mythology Journal
A mythology journal can be very helpful if you are interested in learning crazy cool facts about mythology and getting to know about the awesome powers that Gods have. Dig deeper into Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Indian mythology and you'll be surprised by what you find.
17. Gratitude Journal
It can be used to write down the things you are grateful for in your everyday life. It can be from the smallest things that give you happiness to the big gifts that make you do the happy dance. One can write down about the time their loved one did something special for them or the time they found a dollar in the pocket of their jeans. We should be grateful for all that we have.
Lastly, don't feel that these are the only types of journals, A JOURNAL CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE. It can have anything you want to record in it. Feel free to take inspirations and start keeping a journal, you'll know that it can be one of the best forms of self-care.