Keeping a journal doesn’t have to be a chore, and it is a great way to check in with your life. Not only can it be a repository of the record of daily goings-on — from the mundane to the marvelous — but a journal can also be used to help you make decisions, work through dilemmas, and sort through your emotions. Getting thoughts down on paper can clear away the cobwebs.
- Bullet Point Journal: If you don’t feel you want to write in complete sentences, record the events of your day using bullet points and short phrases. I have a small Moleskin book in which I make note of daily activities, accomplishments, and other events I want to record. This only takes a few minutes after dinner, and it is fun to look back and read what I was doing on a certain day a year or two ago.
- Seasonal Journal: This year I kept a journal I called my Winter Journal, and it ran only from November through February. By limiting my time of keeping a record of thoughts and musings to just a season, I didn’t feel overwhelmed that I was ‘doing this forever.’ By the beginning of spring, if I wanted to continue, I could. Or not.
- Nature Journal: One year I recorded what tricks Mother Nature was performing outside my window every day. I kept a note of the daily temperature, the phases of the moon, and wrote a sentence or two about any substantial ‘weather events’ that were happening. I also included photos of the first daffodil in March, the heat-wilted flowers in the middle of summer, the blazing fall colors of the maple tree across the street, and the icicles hanging from my front porch roof.
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