A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling Part 4 – “The Different Ways & Uses”

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This is the ‘forth’ instalment of a 7 part series. This Series is called “A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling”. I will be talking about the ins and outs of journalling from all the information I have gathered from my extensive research and my experience so far. When I was originally writing this, it was just going to be one post…but I just had so much to say and the post got longer and longer. So, I thought it was best to break it up for you…and turn it into a mini ‘Crash Course’.

What can you use your journal for?

You can use a journal for absolutely anything…anything your heart desires.

Journals, Journals, Journals, the beautiful world of journals!

Here, I have created a list of all the different ways you can use a journal and all the different uses they can serve, just to give you some ideas;

Journals for Record Keeping

Dream journal – A place to record your dream experiences, this can be nightly dreams or waking dreams. You can reflect on the meaning of them and how they relate to you current situations.

Reading journal – A place to record the books that you have read and the books you would like to read. You can write your own review and reflect on what you have learnt from it.

Prayer journal – A place to record your prayers or passages from the bible. You can reflect on what those prayers mean to you and what can be learnt from them.

Language journal – A place to record new words you have learnt, when studying another language.

Recipe journal – A place to record new recipes you have tried or invented. You can leave a review of how the meal went for your family.

Gardening journal – A place to record what you have planted in your garden, how long they took to bloom. You can add pictures and write down how they make you feel.

Journals to Keep Track of Things

Weight loss journal – A place where you can track you weight loss/gain and reflect on what works and what does not. You can record what exercise you have done, how much water you have drank, how many calories you have consumed etc. You can also plan out your meals ahead of time and write out your shopping lists.

Health journal – A place to track your health habits. This may be good for someone who suffers from some kind of medical condition (e.g. diabetes) and needs to keep a close eye on what they eat and do on a daily basis.

Entrepreneur journal – A place to track your career contributions. This may help someone how is starting up their own business and needs to work though trail and error with their ideas and plans.

School/college/university journal – A place to track your progress and contributions towards your education. Where you can make connections between personal observations and class material, to generate ideas for future papers and to raise questions and issues you may have that could potentially fuel classroom discussions.

Pregnancy journal – A place to track your progress during pregnancy. This is a great way to remember how you felt during each stage of the pregnancy. You can record the first time you felt a kick, what your cravings are, and all the different names that you had picked. You can record how you felt when you find out if you’re having a girl or a boy and add the scan pictures and pictures of your belly growth.

Diary/planner – A place to track and plan your everyday going’s on. Some people don’t count this as a journal but in my opinion, I think they are. As well as planning for the future, you are recording what you do on a day to day basis. For example; you may look back in your planner and realise that you haven’t had lunch with a certain friend for 3 month and then you will know it is time you made another dinner date.

Project journal – A place to track all your brilliant ideas. You can record all your ideas, plan out your ideas, keep track of them when they are in progress and reflect on them when you have completed them.

Lifestyle journal – A place to keep track of any lifestyle changes you may be making. These lifestyles can be anything you decide; for example, a fitness journal, a spiritual journal, a vegan/vegetarian journal etc.

Journals for Memory Keeping

Journals don’t have to be just for writing… You can use journals to document your memories with pictures, memorabilia, ticket stubs…basically anything you can glue or stick in a pocket.

Here are some examples;

Travel journal – A place for you to record and document everywhere you have visited. You can add pictures, write about the place, write how you felt, why you liked it or disliked it etc.

Project life – A place you can document the little moments in life…using pictures and journalling. And of course you can decorate it as creatively as you like. Here is a peak at my Project Life.

Scrap booking – A place where you can store and document your photos in a visually pleasing layout.

Mini albums – An album created and dedicated to a certain event or person. For example; your baby’s first year, a family holiday etc.

Junk journal – A place you can record and document anything you want. You can put in things others would see as junk but you see them to have sentimental value to your life. For example; I like to save all the little notes my children write me and all their drawing and paintings. I haven’t actually made a junk journal out of them yet but I store them in a folder…they are ready and waiting to be made into a brilliant junk journal of memories.

Journals for communicating With Others

Group, couple or family journal – This is a journal that you share with others. You could use one if you have trouble communicating verbally with someone, to work through some issues you may be having or you could just make a journal where everyone writes in it to document memories. For example; a wedding guest book

Pen pal journal – A place to keep all your letters from a pen pal or to record who and when you sent one out or received one. There is a massive community online where people reach out to do swaps with others, where they send out creative snail mail, such as pocket letters, flip books etc. To learn more click here.

Journals to Express Yourself

And of course, journals where you can go to be free to express exactly how you are feeling in the moment…a place you can let your creative soul sour, a place to experiment with different techniques and a place where you can truly be yourself…My favourite kind of journalling.

Creative journal – A bit like a junk journal and art journal all rolled into one…you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. You can draw pictures, colour in, collage cut outs, write…there is no limit of possibilities you can do.

Healing journal – A place you can work out your feelings and concentrate on your personal growth and healing. You can dedicate it to any area of your life you feel you need to concentrate on. For example; to overcome grief or loss, to help move on from a dysfunctional relationship, to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction etc.

Brain dump journal – A place to empty your head of clutter. To learn more click here.

Art journal – Art journalling is a place where you combine art and words to express how you are feeling…you don’t have to be good at drawing or art, to art journal…that is why I love it so much.

Creative writing journal – A place where you can practise your creative writing skills.

Lister’s Gotta List – (I love Lister’s Gotta List, that’s why I feel it needed to be added here) Lister’s Gotta List was created by The Reset Girl on YouTube…where you get prompts every month. You then make a list every day in your journal/Traveller’s notebook in a creatively and visualising layout. To learn more click here.

Ideas journal – A place to record all your brilliant and life changing ideas.

5 minute journal – A journal you write in everyday for just 5 minutes about whatever you feel like writing.

Gratitude journal – A place to document and record everything you have in your life to be grateful for. A gratitude journal is a brilliant tool to use to overcome depression and anxiety because it reminds you of all the good you have in your life.

Affirmation journal – A place you document only positive things. You can record your favourite positive affirmations and quotes that make you feel happy and resonate with you. If you like positive quotes and affirmations, you may like my Instagram page…where I share a positive Daily Affirmations.


Well this brings me to the end of my list but I am sure there are many more ideas out there you could use to start your very own journalling journey. A journal doesn’t have to be ‘just’ for writing… you can keep a journal for anything and do anything in it.

I did wish I could have put pictures up of every journal mentioned above…but unfortunately…I don’t have them all to take pictures of. However, if a certain one interests you…a quick search on Pinterest and you will be shown hundreds of examples. I am always on Pinterest pinning stuff…if you would like to follow me click here.

Here is a few more examples you may want to look at;

Bullet journalling

Smash book

Wreak this journal

Midori Traveller’s Notebook

October/December Daily

Bible journalling

Meditation journal

I would love to hear from you. How do you feel about journalling? Have you tried keeping a journal before or do you currently use one? What’s your experience with journals? Please leave a comment down below.


Check out the other instalments of the series…

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7

Also check out my Journalling challenge called‘100 Creative Journal Prompt Challenge’. (Still open)

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