You may have heard about journaling and how it's a great practice to get into, but if you're new to it, you may have questions about what to actually write in a journal. If you would like to get some ideas on what you can use your journal for, you're in the right place. In this article, we will discuss what should I write in my journal.
The first thing you may want to consider is the purpose of your journal. Are you trying to get your creative energy flowing, reach a goal, organize your thoughts, or something else? When you can narrow down what you'd like to use your journal for, it will be easier to determine what you should write in your journal. For example, if you are looking to organize your ideas for a project you're working on, you may want to use your journal as an outline and guide for your project.
If you're starting a gratitude journal, you will want structure your journal in a different way. You can set up your gratitude journal to write in list-style, or you can write in full sentences. That's up to your preference.
The point here is depending on the purpose of your journal, you will know how to structure your journal to best serve that purpose.
Please note that it is perfectly fine to keep more than one journal at a time. Many people practice keeping at least three journals at a time. For example, one might keep a gratitude journal, a dream journal, and a brain dump journal all at once. If your life calls for several journals, you can start (and keep) as many journals as you need and can handle. You could also combine your journals. One journal is capable of handling several things. So, if you prefer, you can write out your gratitude, dreams, prayers, thoughts, etc. all in the same journal. Some people make keys to help them identify the different types of content when they go back through their journals.
The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to what you can do with your journal. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to journal. You are free to do with your journal what you will. It's supposed to be helpful, fun, and even therapeutic. So, don't put too much stock into how it's "supposed to be" set up, or what it's "supposed to be" used for. It's yours. Enjoy it. And if you find that you prefer to do it differently, try something new in your next journal.