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21 Types of Journaling Ideas For Beginners

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Journaling ideas for beginners


I have been journaling and scrapbooking since I was a child. Not much has changed since. I still write in my journal almost every day and, on occasion, I create photography books from places I’ve been. The world of creativity and journaling is an enormous one and we must each find our own path.


21 Journaling ideas for beginners

Here are twenty-one different journaling techniques to help you find the method that fits like a glove.


#1 – Goal Management Journal  


Tapping into our full potential takes some work and time. By “some” I mean, a lot! What’s good about this type of journaling is that it provides a visual tracking system of all your goals and dreams. 


#2 – Poetry Journal 


I used to write my journal entries in poetry. It would definitely confuse anyone who wasn’t supposed to be reading my private thoughts. You can either utilize that approach to poetry journaling or make up your own thing. It’s your world and you can do as you please!


#3 – Idea Journal 


How many great ideas have you had in the past that you just can’t seem to remember right this second? An idea journal eliminates that temporary memory failure. Never leave home without it!


#4 – DIY Journal 


A Do-It-Yourself journal can take on many forms. What are you interested in learning to do yourself? Building a bed, fixing the faucet, making something from scratch— the possibilities are endless. Put them all in one place, your DIY journal. Maybe one day you’ll want to publish it to help someone else, you never know.


#5 – Stress Management Journal


For the days when everything seems to go wrong and you’re in a sulky mood, release it all on paper with this journaling technique. Never hold on to negativity, the short-term and long-term effects are not worth sacrificing a peaceful mind.


#6 – Anger Journal 


Anger is a very destructive emotion. Transform that destructiveness into something productive. If you have to WRITE IN CAPITAL LETTERS, then do it. Get it out of your system constructively so you can evaluate why you reacted that way.


#7 – Pregnancy Journal


During pregnancy, a woman’s hormone levels are greatly elevated. It’s good to keep a detailed track of what happened on what day so you can share it with your doctor or midwife. In the future, you can share your experiences with your little one.


#8 – Workout Journal


Exercises range from walking, biking, swimming, running, lifting weights, doing parkour and so much more. Keep a detailed track of your daily moves to track your progress and improvements.


#9 – Pocket Journal


Carry this everywhere! Instead of reaching for your phone to write in the notes section, grab this journal from your pocket and scribble away.


#10 – Garden Journal


Write, draw, and track the life of your garden. This is essential for all gardeners. You can use your notes about your plants and vegetables to teach anyone who wants to learn.


#11 – Project Journal


Do you have a small project or a giant one coming up? Plan it all out in teeny tiny details with a project journal and keep track of it with your goal management journal.


#12 – Gratitude Journal


What are you thankful for? List it out along with reasons why you’re grateful. The more thankful we are, the more blessings we’ll get. It’s a never-ending circle.


#13 – Reading Journal


How many books have you read? Do you have a reading list? Did you like that book you just finished? Why? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself in a reading journal.


#14 – Prayer and Spirituality Journal


What spiritual questions do you have? Are there any prayers that resonate with you? Write it all down.


# 15 – Art Journal


If you express your emotions through the creation of art then let that be your outlet. Draw, paint, or doodle— it’s all your choice. Express yourself!


#17 – Travel Journal


This journaling technique is a must for me. As someone who’s always traveling and exploring different environments, I want to make sure that I have somewhere to write about how that place made me feel, how the food tasted, and the specific locations that I chose to explore. You can add a lot more detail to your specific journal.


#18 – Food Journal


Food, glorious food! Yup! I love that song from Ice Age. But seriously, there are many ways to utilize a food journal. Do you want to track what you’ve eaten or do you want to write recipes that you’ve made or want to make?


#19 – Dream Journal


Vivid dreams are incredibly amazing. Write them all down first thing in the morning because once your brain gets the message that you’re awake, your dreams will fly away. To really imprint it into your memory, write it down!


#20 – Bullet Journal


This is the most popular form of journaling thanks to Ryder Carroll, who invented it. It’s great for list lovers and those who want to keep a detailed record of basically everything. Carroll’s explanation of the bullet journal is, “To help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.”


#21 – Writing Journal


For the authors and aspiring novel writers, this journaling technique should be the core of your writing. Whether you set challenges or ask detailed questions, how you use it is again entirely your decision. You have the power so use it!


Now that you know all the different types of journaling ideas for beginners, use them to your advantage. Mix them or keep them separate our journal will never judge you so stop being fearful and release your creativity.


Happy Journaling!


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Jody is a creative writer, artist, graphic designer, and a digital nomad who also helps people live more fulfilling lives by finding creative solutions to their personal growth and development problems and lifestyle challenges.

6 thoughts on “21 Types of Journaling Ideas For Beginners”

  1. Fab post! I do prayer, spiritual, stress and goal journalling. Such a great way to get things out from inside of self and helps to process and work out things. X

  2. Mabel

    These are some good creative ideas. I like the anger journal. That’s a good one. All caps letters.

    1. Jody

      Your journal will never take it personally if you chose to take out your anger on its pages. It’s also a great way to deal with anger. Thanks for reading and commenting Mabel!

  3. Julie Russell

    Love this post and the variety in ideas! Great mix of just for fun and practical ideas. I look forward to reading more articles!

  4. Great ideas for beginning. I try to incorporate all the things I want into one journal, and it works for me. Food, exercise, gratitude, goals, tasks, etc. I love it.

  5. Nisee

    I do poetry journal and reading journal mostly. These others are amazing ideas to try. Thank you

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