5 Types of Journals that Will Change Your Life
Not many adults think about journalling. It’s something many of us do as children — maybe just because our parents tell us too — but most of us don’t carry on the practice into adulthood. We should.
We’re a lot different from our younger, “Dear Diary” selves, but we can still benefit from a little bit of introspection.
I’ve found regularly recording my thoughts to be life changing. This simple process can change the way you live your life.
The hardest part of getting started is knowing what to write. So to help you out, I’ve listed five types of journals that will literally change your life.
This is not an exaggeration. Embrace just one one them and big things will start to happen.
1. Gratitude Journal
One of my favourite types of journals is the gratitude journal. Simply record what you’re grateful for everyday. It’s been scientifically proven that gratitude leads to happiness. After doing this, you’ll start to be more thankful. You’ll begin to value and appreciate all the things people do for you. Your relationships will improve and people will want to be around you; people are attracted to positivity. Working gratitude into your day to day life will literally rewire the way you think, and how you look at the world.
More: Gratitude Journals and the Happiness of Not Having Cancer | The Happiness Project
2. Idea Journal
Coming up with great ideas isn’t a talent we’re born with. It’s a skill that can be developed. Your idea muscle needs to be flexed regularly if you want it to work well. Pushing yourself to record ideas regularly is a great way to do this. Not every idea will be a game changer but that’s not the point. The act of writing them down will keep you thinking in a creative way. Creativity isn’t a finite resources. The more you tap into it, the more you have, and the better you get at it. The next time you’re in rut, you can look back on what you’ve recored for inspiration. I promise there will be some great stuff in there. Good ideas that would have slipped away otherwise.
More: Why I Write Ideas Everyday | James Altucher
3. Productivity Journal
Did you know that journaling can make you more productive? Use a productivity journal to write down things like goals, to-dos, and anything you need to get out of your head. Use it brain dump anything related to what you’re working on. When you can get all of your thoughts out of your head and down onto paper, it becomes a lot easier to focus. The act of journalling will also help you discover clarity — especially about how you’re spending your time. You don’t need me to tell you that better focus and greater clarity leads to increased productivity.
More: 10 Things You Should Write In Your Productivity Journal | Time Management Ninja
4. Progress Journal
Progress journals can be done alone but they work even better with teams. When teams record their progress together, everyone benefits from each other’s efforts and progress. As a team–or alone–you can also use a progress journal to capture all the things you got done that weren’t even on your to-do list. You’d be surprised how many things pop up that we totally forget about. This is why progress journals are so great for motivation. Seeing what you and your team have accomplished together makes great fuel to keep moving forward.
More: Why Every Business Should Keep a Logbook | teamspir.it Blog
5. Learning Journal
Learning is so valuable. Sometimes we forget to focus on it and embrace it — even though most of us do it every day. Writing down the things you’ve learned will remind you of how far you’ve come. More importantly, it will help cement your new skills, which makes it easier to learn faster in the future. Whether it’s a new language, game, or software, the next time you’re learning a new skill, take the time to record it and see how much faster you progress.
More: Writing Effective Learning Journals | University of Bradford
We’re big fans of business journalling. We record all of the above information and more in our teamspir.it logbook. But you only need to choose one of these types to start getting results.
Feel free to try out our platform for free. Commit to logging one entry daily for two weeks and experience the huge difference it will make in your business and your life.
PS. Do you have a journal? Is it one of the types above or something different? Let me know in the comments below!