Different ways to keep a journal!
Updated: Jan 21, 2020
When you hear the word Journal you may immediately think about a notebook, a pen o pencil and sitting down and writing out your deepest darkest secrets right?
Well, that isn't all that journaling is. There are different kinds of journals to keep like journals for gratitude, food, dreams, goals, habits, exercise and many more. I can imagine that if you have something you want to keep track of that there is probably a journal out there somewhere for you!
Today, for this blog post, I want to focus on the ways you can journal because there is no right or wrong way to journal and in these busy times there are more ways than just going old school and writing in a notebook. Journaling has adapted as we have adapted to new tech and busy lifestyles.
Of course, the first way to keep a journal is the old fashion way. So if this is still for you then grab that notebook and keep writing away. However, if this way is not for you for whatever reasons you are telling yourself then here are some other options for you.
You can journal by doing audio recordings. This really allows for more flexibility, you don't have to carry around that notebook and a pen, it is easily accessible and doesn't take up much time.
Most people have a recorder app on their phones nowadays and with almost everyone having a cell phone it is super easy to just pull that out and start recording on it when something is bothering you.
One excuse I hear for why people don't journal is because they don't have the time to do it...well, if you are doing voice recordings on your phone they really don't take that long at all. It doesn't require you to go find a quiet space, take out your notebook and pen, and take up fifteen minutes to write stuff down. It is as simple as taking out your phone hitting record on that app you have and just talking.
Speaking is quicker than writing things down and if you have earbuds you can always just pretend you are on a call and therefore wouldn't have to set aside specific time for it or find a quiet place to do it.
Video Journaling is another way to take the blah out of sitting and writing in a notebook.
"But this one will take up too much of my time again, I can't do that"
Well, if that is the case then this one is not for you but again it is as easy as taking out your phone and using your camera to record a video. The only difference between this one and audio is that you will be recording yourself. If you are opposed to video because you don't want the recorded video of yourself then maybe you need to ask yourself why you don't like seeing a recording of your own face?
If you don't like writing, recording (audio or video) and you can't figure out how to process your feelings, then maybe you are creative. Maybe you need a way to let go of things by a different means. This is where journaling can become fun.
Journaling does not just have to be writing. The most important part of journaling is to get those feelings out and to work through things. There is more than one way to do that. If you paint, draw, scribble, colour, anyway that you express yourself can be helpful. You could use colour to express the anger, fear, stress, or whatever it is that is inside you. Drawing pictures can be a way to express the story that you don't feel ready to tell another human being yet.
Just remember it doesn't matter if you are good at drawing or if you just angrily draw dark red circles on the page, no one else is going to see this. It is just for you.
Finally, if you want to write but find that just sitting down and writing things out is weird then make it fun. Use your journaling to create poetry, songs, or even a story.
Make journaling something that is fun for you and you will start to find it easier to make it a priority in your life.
If you have any other ways that you journal please feel free to let me know in the comments. I would love to hear what you do and how it helps!!