I mentioned before that in the past, I’ve lost my love of journaling and even stopped journaling when I started to journal the way I THOUGHT I had to instead of the way that worked well for me.
I would like to share with you some different styles of journaling that I have noticed.
1. Stream of consciousness/ Free flowing Journaling
This tends to be the way I journal the most often. This type of journaling is pretty much opening a blank page and writing down anything and everything that’s going through your mind.
Sometimes it’s a paragraph and other times it’s ten pages or more. I don’t force it. I allow myself to write until I feel done.
2. Journal Prompts.
Maybe you have a hard time thinking about something to write when you open your journal. That’s where journal prompts come in. You find a question or statement and write your response to it. This is a great way to get the juices flowing, so to speak.
While I don’t typically seek out journal prompts, I am often prompted by a question or statement I encounter during my day.
If this is your style of journaling, I highly recommend doing a journal prompt jar. You could make one for a week or a month. It’s a great way to make sure you have plenty of stimulation for your journaling session.
This is the type of journal I thought I needed to do. Something for my descendants to have to get to know me and to tell them about the world I lived in.
It was not appealing for me at all. I started to filter what I said or thought. I wrote tedious things just because I thought I needed to. It just did not work for me.
But it does not mean it will not work for you. There are people who LOVE this kind of journaling. They love recording the day to day. And probably see so much more history in their day than I did in mine.
I do include some historical data in my journal but only when it feels right for me to do it.
4. Short & sweet
My husband is a short and sweet type of journaler. He has a small notebook that fits in his jacket that he can pull out when he feels like it and write a few thoughts that are going through his mind. Or about an event that occurred. It’s usually just a few sentences. On occasion, he will write a few paragraphs. He experimented with different styles and that’s the one that made him feel happy to keep.
5. Art Journal
Some of you are visual. Writing down a bunch of words is not your thing. But creating an art piece that represents who you are, what you’re feeling, the events that are going on in your lives? That works amazingly for you.
This Instagram account, @Danidraws, shows this type of journaling style. It’s beautiful. As you can see she describes different expriences or feelings in her life. Most of it she adds some type of humor but that still represents who she is.
6. Video/Audio Journal
You might be the kind of person who finds it easy to speak about how you are feeling. Recording your journal might work best for you. You always have your phone with you and most phones have recorders.
Or you could pick up the camera record yourself and your life.
But you don’t have to fit into one of these categories. Maybe you’re a combination of these or none of these. Please let me know in the comments below if you journal a different way than some that I have listed.
If you are still on the fence about journaling or want to know the journaling style that works best for you, I created a 14 day journaling challenge that helps you figure out the journaling style that works for you best and how you might stay consistent.
I would like to end this video with a quote by Brad Wilcox. “A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.”