We always hear that successful people keep journals, but the types of journals they keep is often a mystery. Here are ten journals that can help you be more successful in all areas of your life!
Browsing bullet-journal pins and images can be an amazing source of inspiration for tracking and planning, and it’s one of my favorite things to do! You can find everything from day scheduling ideas to different types of lists and charts.
Tracking the various areas of your life will not only help you get a clear view of how you’re doing, but it will also motivate you to keep up the good work!
When it comes to health and self-development, there are many types of journals that can help you reach your goals and make your life better. These are ten of the most useful.
#1 Habit Journal
A habit journal is a place where you establish and document habits that you would like to integrate into your life. You can track them using daily checklists, or the more popular method, by filling in a grid.
You can also use your habit journal to track your progress in breaking some of your bad habits as well. Your habit journal may not fill up an entire notebook, and you can easily find a place for it in your planner or regular diary.
#2 Goals Journal
This type of journal is beneficial for everyone, no matter what you do. Your goals journal is a place where you can write out your goals, plan short term and long term goals, and write about and document your progress.
Big goals can be broken down into milestones to be made more achievable and manageable, and these milestones can be listed in your goals journal as well. Athena Amoeba shares some good advice on setting and evaluating goals in this video.
#3 Language Journal
Learning new languages is a powerful way to stimulate your brain and keep your mind sharp. If you’re learning a language, or you want to learn a language, one of the easiest ways you can practice is by keeping a journal in your target language.
This can be challenging for beginners, but over time you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come and how your vocabulary and the topics you can discuss have expanded. You can also track your other life activities in your target language.
#4 Fitness Journal
Everybody wants to exercise more, but not everyone tracks their fitness progress. Your fitness journal is a great place to list your fitness goals, document your daily exercises, and keep track of all the days that you skip exercise altogether.
You may be astonished at how little you actually move in a week, and that can motivate you to do more. You can also record exercise routines here, especially the ones that you improvise yourself.
#5 Challenge Journal
Challenges are some of the funnest ways to set up new habits or make exponential progress in an area of your life. While you may want to log your fitness challenges in your fitness journal, you can log all of your other challenges in your challenge journal.
Challenges can either prompt you to do more of something, or they can prompt you to cut back on or eliminate things altogether. For example, you can challenge yourself to read for thirty minutes every day for ten days, or you can do a 30 day no meat challenge. The possibilities are endless.
#6 Food Journal
Food journals aren’t the most exciting journals to keep, but they can be very telling and useful when it comes to managing your diet and health. They can give you information not only on what you eat too much of but also what you don’t eat enough of.
Logging everything you eat can give you clues to any food allergies or deficiencies that may be affecting your health. You might also be more motivated to eat well when you’re forced to see your diet on paper.
#7 Appreciation Journal
A lot of people talk about keeping gratitude journals, but I prefer the word appreciation. In your appreciation journal, write down the things that you love and enjoy, whether they are material or immaterial.
You can list them, free write a rampage of appreciation, or even draw an illustration that represents what you love, appreciate, and enjoy. You can make it a daily activity, or you can use this journal to write about what you love whenever the mood strikes.
#8 Meditation Journal
One of the most beneficial things you can do for your life is to meditate daily, or as often as you can. There are many different types of meditations, and you can use your journal to document your thoughts and feelings on each new meditation that you try.
I currently do at least three different types of meditations every day, and all of them have different benefits and purposes. In your meditations, you may receive some insight or wisdom that you want to remember, and your journal is the perfect place to write it all down.
#9 Reading Journal
Reading is another activity that keeps your mind sharp and helps you grow and evolve. In your reading journal, you can keep a list of the books you want to read, a list of books you have read, and any notes or vocabulary words that you want to keep for reference later on.
I’m rereading Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman, and I make notes in my reading journal so that I can reference all the points I need at any time. As you know from my post on books, I am a huge fan of Bruce Lipton and I highly recommend reading anything by him. Make sure to write the page number next to your notes to keep them better organized.
#10 Affirmation Journal
Louise Hay first introduced me to the power of affirmations several years ago. Her affirmations have transformed my life and have healed my emotional wounds so effectively that sometimes I feel like a completely different person. You can also write your own affirmations to help you make specific changes in your life in all areas.
You can think of affirmations as a method of rewriting your life, and use them to create the conditions that you would like to be true. I keep my affirmations written in one place, and I use them during my daily affirmation exercises. Sometimes, I go through all of my affirmations and read them like prayers. It’s amazing how much this has helped me.
I hope you found some inspiration here for your own journals. If there are any types of journals that have powerfully impacted your life, please share with us in the comments below!
In Memory of Louise L. Hay 1926-2017