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  • June 03, 2023 4 min read

    As an incredibly powerful tool for self reflection, personal growth, and creativity, it’s always good to be on the lookout for something that we haven’t tried before when it comes to journaling, especially if we want some variety. Finding the right type of journal—or changing into the correct one—can make a significant difference in your journaling experience. In this article, let’s go over what options there are, both old and new, and see if there’s something on the list you haven’t considered before!

     

    1. The blank or ruled journal.

    These two are classics! They’re timeless options that provide ultimate freedom and flexibility by giving you ample space to write using a ruled journal or, if you’re the type to express yourself using more than words, a plain one. Whichever the case, whether your thoughts are in written form or are a combination that includes sketches and drawings, either of these formats are a great starting point especially if you’re new to journaling. The next thing you’ll need is a pen and then you’re good to go!

    Speaking of pens, are you looking around for fountain pen recommendations? Because we have just the thing! Check out this post from our friend Vanessa Langton of Pen Gangsta to find out her Top 9 Fountain Pen Selections.

     

    2. A guided journal.

    Are you the type of journaler who prefers following a certain structure? If your answer is yes then you’ll benefit from a guided journal! These journals provide prompts, questions, or themes to inspire your writing and guide your introspection and often cover a host of topics like gratitude, personal development or mindfulness among many others. This is a great option for beginners or individuals looking for a specific focus.

    Of course, later on, you can always create your own structure by listing down your own prompts or assigning particular things to focus on weekly, even monthly, as you continue your journaling practice.

     

    3. The bujo.

    Bullet journals have gained a lot of popularity since it was first introduced and it doesn’t appear like people will stop using it.

    In fact, journalers have made it their own, changed and modified it for their own purposes and intentions, and as a result, it’s become more popular than ever! Combining a planner, diary, and creative outlet, a bujo allows you to organize your life, set goals, track habits, and unleash your artistic side.

    Still on the fence about starting your own bujo? Check out this post for five reasons why you should! Want a straightforward, no frills guide to setting up your own? Click here and you’ll have a bujo of your own in six steps!

     

    4. Travel journal.

    As the name suggests, this one is for every journaler who’s also an avid traveler—whether that’s local or international!—and wants a way to document their adventures. A travel journal is the perfect way to capture your memories, sketch beautiful landscapes, and jot down memorable moments. Some of the most popular ones that we see on social media include photographs (Polaroids to be specific), ticket stubs, receipts, and other souvenirs. It’s definitely going to be a precious keepsake that will preserve the unforgettable from your most memorable trips.

     

    5. The gratitude journal.

    We mention the gratitude journal a lot because this one definitely needs more attention. For a practice so simple, it can help a lot—to cultivate a positive mindset and shift your focus to the things you appreciate in life. The important ones. It really encourages daily reflections on the things you’re grateful for including the small, often overlooked things, and as a result you’re able to feel a sense of happiness and contentment.

    Writing down even the simplest joys can have a profound impact on your overall well-being! Try it and you’ll see a difference in no time. Check out this post for more tips on how to be more grateful everyday!

     

    6. A dream journal.

    Dreams can be fascinating and often hold hidden messages or insights not just about the inner workings of our mind. It can also say a lot about our mood, how we’re feeling, and our unconscious thoughts. Dream journaling allows you to record your dreams as soon as you wake up, helping you remember details and analyze patterns. It can be a really fascinating journey into your subconscious mind! It can also provide inspiration if you’re a creative!

     

    7. The art journal.

    This can cover a lot of different journal types like junk or visual journaling. The main point of an art journal is using more than just words to create a work that expresses all of your thoughts and feelings. This offers a creative outlet for artists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to experiment with colors, textures, and mixed media. It has so much potential: combine sketches with poetry, add cutouts and journaling ephemera, write down your favorite quotes alongside a collage… the possibilities are endless for you to be able to create a visually captivating journal that reflects who you are.

     

    8. A reflective journal.

    You may be asking: isn’t a journal already meant for self reflection? While this is true, reflective journaling is more intentional and really focuses on creating a personal space that allows you not just to unload your thoughts, emotions, and experiences but also explore and understand them. This isn’t just about writing: the goal is to know yourself better, analyze patterns of behavior, uncover good and bad habits, and so on. Use it to explore your strengths, weaknesses, and even your growth journey—personal or professional.

    Writing in a reflective journal can also be therapeutic and provide clarity during challenging times, giving you the space to write and then step back so you can take a look at the things happening in your life from a different perspective.

     

    What other journaling types do you use on a daily basis?

    From the classic journal to the more particular art, dream or gratitude journals, journaling can offer a wide range of options that can be useful for anyone. But the real beauty of this practice? There are no hard rules. You can take one type of journal and make changes to it to suit your preferences and needs. Structure, creativity, or a blend of both, there’s sure to be a journaling practice out there that you can use and benefit from.

    Happy journaling and let us know what other journals you’ve tried in the comments below!

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