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11 Types Of Journals For Personal Development

Thinking about starting a journal? Or maybe you’ve already started a journal, love it, and want to explore all that journaling has to offer!

Journaling has amazing benefits. Writing helps you connect with what’s really going on not just in your head, but in your life!

Rather than just keeping your thoughts in your head, writing them down makes them easier to understand. Journaling can help you work through your feelings, process ideas and set goals!

There are many types of journals, each with a different purpose.

  • Bullet Journal
  • Dream Journal
  • Travel Journal
  • Food Journal
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Project Journal
  • Diary Journal
  • One Line A Day Journal
  • Vision Journal
  • Personal Development Journal
  • Book Journal

Whether you use them to prioritize your goals and ambitions, decipher your dreams, track projects, or plan trips, journaling can help you in so many areas of your life!

So, which one is right for you?

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Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling is a super trendy and popular way to express yourself! Bullet journals are customizable, with your own colours, designs and are a great way to set goals, create lists and inspire!

Here are some of my fave, fun and creative bullet journals:

Bullet Journal Supplies

Colourful pens, cute stickers and stencils make journaling fun!

Dream Journal

I love dream journaling and recommend it to anyone!

Most of us dream every night, but we often forget what we’ve dreamt moments after we wake up! Yet our dreams can be a key to what’s really going on in our subconscious mind.

A dream journal is a great way to help understand, you! As soon as you wake up, jot down what you remember. Even if it’s just point form.

Try these Dream Journals! You’ll be surprised with what you learn.

Travel Journal

If you travel a lot or are planning a trip, a travel journal is the perfect way to treasure all of those memories. You can create one for each trip, or keep one journal with highlights of all of your travels.

When you’re older, you’ll be glad you did!

Add fun stickers, keepsakes from your journeys and photos of your trips!

Food Journal

This is perfect for the foodies! Write down every thing you eat, each day.

Include: How it made you feel, what you liked about it, what you didn’t like, etc.

This can help you discover new favourite foods and drinks!

Use this food journals to keep recipes, restaurant names and photos in your journal for reference!

Gratitude Journal

I highly recommend everyone keep a gratitude journal. Write down what you’re thankful for every day.

Try one of these Gratitude Journals to improve your mood!

Project Journal

Keeping a journal of your projects can help you track results, express creativity, and inspire new ideas for future projects! Keeping photos along the way can help you see the whole project come together!

These Project Journals are perfect for writing all about your plans!

One Line A Day Journal

This is a simple journal, anyone can do. It takes very little time or effort but can allow you a small outlet to get out your thoughts!

Just write down one line a day. Whatever is on your mind at that time.

These are the perfect one liner journals!

Dear Diary Journal

The classic journal is a diary type, where you pour out your hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets. You’re in complete control and can make entries long, short, detailed, or simple, depending on your mood. Popular among kids and tweens, but also so beneficial for adults!

Vision Journal

Sort of like a vision board, but in a journal form! Use a vision journal to make plans, add pictures, write down goals and ideas for the future! When you’ve achieved a goal, go back and add to your original post!

Personal Development Journal

A personal development journal is a great way to identify where you can improve your life and track your progress! It can help with fitness, school, career or life goals.

Write down what you want to work on, and how to make it happen. A personal development journal is great for accountability and motivation!

Book Journal

If you’re a reader, a book journal is a great way to jot down your thoughts of the book. Sort of like your own, personal book review.

Well, there you have it! Just a few minutes a day spent journaling can help you live better more meaningful life! A journal is an outlet… a release of what’s pent up inside you.

So, which journal type are you?

Steph Social

Steph is a spiritual writer from Canada. She is a former journalist and magazine writer, who later went on to study the spiritual side of life. She shares her knowledge of manifesting and the law of attraction to help others change their lives through affirmations, angel numbers and numerology, self care, journaling, meditation and intentional living! Also- an INFJ, Reflector and empath so you'll find a lot of personality type stuff here too:)


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