ONCE journal writing has become a regular part of your life, you may want to have more than one, keeping different journals for different purposes. Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of journals that I keep or have kept at different times in my life. I invite you to browse the list for ideas that may work for you.
Art Journal — Use illustrations, mixed media, photography or other forms of art to convey feelings and record events. When you need or want to do so, art is an excellent way to move outside the box of your verbal, thinking mode.
Dream Journal — Keep a separate dream journal by your bed to record dreams immediately upon awakening. One method is to record your dream on the left page and some thoughts about interpretation and/or impressions on the right.
Goals Journal — Keeping a goals journal can be both illuminating and a lot of fun. A goal journal helps you record and prioritize what’s important, as well as help you develop steps to reach your goals. And when kept in a separate journal — as opposed to jumbled in with your regular daily writing — your goals are easy to review and keep updated.
Healing Journal — When you’re going through illness or loss, a journal devoted to your physical and/or emotional healing can help you work through the emotions and other issues as they arise. In addition to writing about your feelings and thoughts, use your healing journal to record the kindnesses of other people, write down comforting quotes, and paste mementos or pictures of loved ones.
Quote Journal — Collect your favorite quotes in a special journal dedicated for the purpose. You can organize them by theme, or write them in the order you come across them. Use them for inspiration, comfort, or as writing prompts on those days when you don’t know what to write about.
Reading Journal — A separate reading journal is handy for keeping a record of the books you’ve read, your thoughts and impressions about the stories, the authors, and any quotes or excerpts that resonate for you. I like to write down the first lines of every book I read.
Spiritual Journal — Use this journal to document your spiritual life, record specific prayers, conversations with your higher self, inspirational sayings, and daily meditations.
Travel Journal — Use a pocket or purse-sized journal to capture the details of your travels. You can glue brochures, ticket stubs, snapshots, etc. into the journal next to your written impressions. These become great sources for future memoirs.
Worry Journal — This is what I call my daily journal — a catchall for all the things on my mind. Once I’ve let my worries flow through my arm and out my fingers onto the page, they seem much less intimidating.
Writing Journal — If you’re a writer (other than journal writing), keeping a writing journal is beneficial. In this journal, record thoughts, ideas, research notes, particular writing struggles, and anything else related to your writing work.
Journal themes are limited only by your imagination. Can you think of other themes I haven’t listed? Share them with us!