I forgot how amazing journals were until I started flicking through My diary from when I was ten years old. It’s unfortunate how our brain deems most of our memories insignificant and throws it in a manky box labelled ‘forget’. A day is full of ideas and memories that ultimately builds our life. It is very important to record our thoughts and the day’s episodes so we don’t ‘forget’. Here is a two-step guide on how to start your very own journal.
Scavenge a journal. You will obviously need something to write on, but it doesn’t have to be some flash daybook that the queen would use. A cardboard notebook will do the job, and you can customise it with stickers and photographs. After all, you are more likely to write in it if it’s pretty. I would recommend a book that is small enough to fit in your day bag so it’s always with you. A book with no lines is also convenient if you plan to doodle and sketch out mind maps.
Start. It’s your journal and you can do anything with it. Take it for a walk if you want to. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Record the day’s events and feelings.
- Write poems and short stories.
- Draw and doodle.
- Create a mind map.
- Inspirational quotes/ sayings.
- Record your meals.
- Record your physical activity. Eg: 5km run, 20 squats.
- Stick in polaroids or photographs.
- Record books you’ve read.
- Record movies you’ve watched.
- Plan your day.
- Write memos.
- Jot down story, video, blog, and assignment ideas.
- Shopping list.
Here are snippets from my journal…
A journal isn’t the only way to keep a record of your ideas and memories especially in this digital age. You can vlog or blog but keeping a hard copy journal is something special.