When you begin journaling it will likely occur to you that having more than one. There are at a minimum 10 types of journals you could create. Of course that feels like a lot and I don’t necessarily recommend having all 10 but if you are having a journal for specific purpose can help you be more organized, make better decisions and work on one issue at a time.

Bullet Journals

This type of journal is useful for anyone who has lots of to-do lists, loves using a pen and paper, and who enjoys goal tracking. Your journal should have a table of contents that you create as you add to the journal so you can find things. You’ll use symbols, colors, and lines to make your bullet journal. You should be able to understand at a glance what’s on the page.

Vision Journals

You may have heard of vision boards and this is essentially it, except it’s a journal that helps lead you to your vision. This is really my own personal preferred way to tune into what I want to be, do and have. You set up the journal to have only one goal per page. Then you can write words, add pictures, or draw something that enables you to make plans to reach that goal. When you do reach the goal, be sure to go back and add the date of achievement.

Line a Day Journals

Basically this journal is what it’s called you write down only one line a day. You will simply write in the journal a short line about what you did that day. It should be only a sentence or two at the most, and should not take up that much space in your journal. Some people like using a calendar and a pen for this.

Classic Journal

Just like a diary you write in it every day. I find this one great for setting the intention, to address fears and doubts – simply put do my mindset work. It can be long, short, or you can skip days if you want to.

Prayer Journal

This is a particular type of journal where you essentially act like your diary or journal is your higher power. Write God your prayers instead of saying them. Write them down so you remember them and can look back on them.

Dream Journal

I sometimes get some very vivid dreams and I believe that some dreams happen because they are here to send a message. If you want to track your dreams, you have to train yourself to write in your dream journal every morning while you still remember the dream. Write about the dream and then research what it means and write about that too.

Food Journal

Write down everything you eat every day. Some people like to include the calorie contents and so forth. It can also help to write down why you eat it, how you felt about eating it, and things like that. If you’re no a health journey this can be helpful identifying patterns and also how you act or react to food.

Travel Journal

A wonderful way to remember your travels is to keep a travel journal – you could, of course also start a blog if you want to share your travels with people. But for some people writing your thoughts in your journal is super fun to recall the good but also challenges that happen and if you’re so inclined you could attach tickets, pics, and memories.

Gratitude Journal

This is just what it sounds like – and I’ve spoken about it here in length. It’s a journal where you record each day what you’re thankful for and grateful for. Nothing can be negative in this journal because it’s designed to help you think more positively.

Project Journal

This is a handy journal to keep, especially for anyone who regularly works on projects. Keeping a journal of each project you work on that records actions taken, results, and data, will help you improve every project but will also help you look back on this one with excitement.

And just think that these are 10 types of journals you could create to help work through a problem, keeping specific journals for different things is an effective way to go about it. It’s also a great way to store your thoughts and memories for the future in a more organized and useful manner.

Which one of these 10 types of journals are you going to start today?

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Author + Artist, a Goal Coach + Business Strategist. Petra helps freedom-seeking Rebels + Creatives to follow their intuition, embrace who they are while they taking action towards their dreams + goals - whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or just focusing on personal goals. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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