I am so excited that you want to start a journal! Writing can be the best way to get those thoughts out of our heads! You know what I mean! There are many types of journals, so, where do you begin? I’ll do the best I can by explaining what the purpose of each journal is. Hopefully, that will help you decide.

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What is a journal, first of all?

A journal is a written record of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. You can write in your journal daily, or only when you feel the urge.


Have a look at the 10 types of journals listed below and don’t forget there are no rules to journaling! You can most certainly keep more than one.

When you have more than one, you can simply go to the specific journal to work on one issue at a time. Or keep your thoughts organized so you can make better decisions. Having more than one journal might be the best idea.

Let’s have a look and decide for ourselves.

Want to start a journal?  There are many types of journals that will help you with all kinds of problems.  From goal planning to mental health a journal can assist you in discovering what makes you tick.  Keep reading to discover 10 types of journals you can begin today!

10 Types of Journals

1. Bullet Journal

This type of journal is useful for anyone who has lots of to-do lists, loves using a pen and paper, and who enjoys goal tracking. Your journal should have a table of contents that you create as you add to the journal so you can find things. You’ll use symbols, colors, and lines to make your bullet journal. You should be able to understand at a glance what’s on the page.

2. Vision Journal

You may have heard of vision boards and this is essentially it, except it’s a journal that helps lead you to your vision. The way it works is that you set up the journal to have only one goal per page. Then you can write words, add pictures, or draw something that enables you to make plans to reach that goal. When you do reach the goal, be sure to go back and add the date of achievement.

3. Line a Day Journal

Basically, this journal is what it’s called; you write down only one line a day. You will simply write in the journal a short line about what you did that day. It should be only a sentence or two at the most, and should not take up that much space in your journal. Some people like using a calendar and a pen for this.

4. Classic Journal

This is simply a diary, and you can write whatever you want in it every day. It can be long, short, or you can skip days if you want to. The classic journal is just like the diary that you may be kept as a child. You write whatever you want in it daily.

5. Prayer Journal

This is a particular type of journal where you essentially act like your diary or journal is your higher power. Write to God your prayers instead of saying them. Write them down so you remember them and can look back on them.

6. Dream Journal

Some people really like tracking their dreams because they believe that dreams provide signs for life. If you want to track your dreams, you have to train yourself to write in your dream journal every morning while you still remember the dream. Write about the dream and then research what it means and write about that too.

7. Food Journal

Write down everything you eat every day. Some people like to include the calorie contents and so forth. It can also help to write down why you eat it, how you felt about eating it, and things like that.

8. Travel Journal

A wonderful way to remember your travels is to keep a travel journal. Some people like making one for each trip so that it’s easier to remember. You can write your thoughts in your journal, but you can also attach tickets, pics, and memories.

9. Gratitude Journal

This is just what it sounds like. It’s a journal where you record each day what you’re thankful for and grateful for. Nothing can be negative in this journal because it’s designed to help you think more positively.

10. Project Journal

This is a handy journal to keep, especially for anyone who regularly works on projects. Keeping a journal of each project you work on that records actions taken, results, and data will help you improve every project but will also help you look back on this one with excitement.


What do you think?

I hope you were inspired by one type of journal at least!

Like I said above, I keep 2 classic journals. Just a regular journal from the dollar store-nothing fancy!

The whole point is to just write! If all you have is a regular notebook-great!

Use whatever you want-just begin!

If you have any issues putting the pen to paper, I can help. You could try my 20 free journaling prompts!

Now that you have discovered the many types of journals out there, what do you do next? I have many posts in this series to help you. I recommend starting with this post, making journaling part of your daily routine.

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