I have kept a journal since I was about 7 years old. Since then, I have recorded memories, quotes, lyrics, and much more throughout my life that I’m happy I’ll be able to go back through and read.
Here are some benefits of keeping a journal:
- It trains you to be observant
- It prevents you from losing an idea
- It helps you memorize and idea
- It trains you to express your thoughts
- It helps you expand your ideas
- It helps you review all the lessons you’ve learned
- It allows you to see progress over time
If you don’t know where to start with the whole “journaling” thing, here are some ideas for you.
- Use quotes
- Use poems
- Use definitions from a dictionary or create your own
- Use magazine clips
- Use receipts or labels
- Create a journal jar with various themes. Pick one each day and journal about that subject. Include photos if possible.
- Use the ABC’s- think of descriptive words for each letter
- Use commercials or TV catch phrases
- Stickers! Mixed media!
- Use bullet points rather than full sentences
- Use lyrics to songs
- Use the words to a favorite children’s book
- Conduct an interview
- Fill in the blank…
- Use templates like Journal Genie from Chatterbox to create creative shaped journal spots like circles or waves
- Place a bunch of descriptive word strips on the page
- Write from the point of view of a pet or child
- Journal “a day in the life” complete with photos
- Record a funny conversation
- Journal your defining moments!
- Journal you routine or daily schedule
- Journal your weekly menu and grocery list
- Journal your style by cutting out pictures from magazines that represent your likes and dislikes