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Journal Ideas for People Who Don't Like Journaling!

I understand that journaling is not for everyone. That used to be me too! But not every journal has to be a lined notebook that you write in for hours sharing your innermost thoughts. Some journals take minutes to update. Others use no words at all. I love doodling as a form of journaling.

The important thing about journaling is that you find a method you enjoy so you can develop a consistent habit of exploring your thoughts. Depending on what you desire from journaling, you can design a journal practice that accommodates your needs. You can keep track of a goal, work through difficult times, express yourself creatively, engage in self-care or simply catalogue your dreams. Whatever your need, there is a way to journal about it.


Let’s look at some traditional journal ideas


●    Blank notebooks

●    Electronic notebooks

●    A writer’s pad

●    Fill-in-the-blank prompting journals

●    Gratitude journals


Traditional journals are great for people who love to write and spend time laying out their thoughts and ideas with minimal prompting or influence from the outside. For those more comfortable at the keyboard, an electronic journal may be ideal.


Here are some unconventional journal ideas:


●    Bullet journals

●    Video journals

●    Art journals

●    Tarot journals

●    Vision boards or boxes

●    Mind maps

●    Food journals


These unique journal styles usually appeal to people who prefer alternatives to longhand or traditional journaling. Busy people who don’t have spare time may find bullet journaling an effective way to stay on track with their creativity without sacrificing too much energy. Artists may love expressing their thoughts, ideas, and dreams in a doodle journal or through a series of painted pieces in a collection. Sometimes the mere activity of making the art opens the mind to new thoughts while it is distracted by the art activity.


For those who prefer no-nonsense and practical methods of journaling, a mind map may be just the ticket. Mind mapping takes ideas and thoughts and creates compartmentalized areas for each thought. Then the ideas that match that thought are neatly assigned to the thought. This is a great way to organize anything from starting a new business to writing a book.


There are as many ways to express ourselves as there are ideas in our heads. You may love to write longhand about how grateful you are each night before you go to be but you also have an electronic notepad on your smart phone that you use to jot down bullet points on business ideas that pop into your head at work. Having more than one journal is as common as journaling itself. The important thing is to get those ideas down!

Journal Ideas for People Who Don't Like Journaling