How to Maintain a Journal

Now every so often, I become inspired to journal. When the words come to mind, I think of an expensive notebook filled with endless pages of daily thoughts, and a large array of stationery - but this isn't usually the case. After a few days, I usually give up on journaling, realizing that it takes too much time, and that I simply don’t have enough to write about.

Here are some helpful tips to help you maintain your journal, and hopefully become as productive as you’ve always dreamed of being.

First of all, you need to stop pressuring yourself. Journaling is supposed to be fun, and relaxing, so you need to stop feeling guilty if you forget, or don’t have time. It’s not the end of the world, and you can always continue later.

Secondly, find an assortment of stationary (whether it be large or small) that inspires you, and that you won’t dread having to use. If you like bright colors, maybe look at these gel pens from Amazon. They come in six vibrant colors, and are super great for writing.

Prefer a more simplistic look? Try these black InkJoy gel pens for a smooth writing and quick drying option.

Another thing you should do is find your style.

Many people love bullet journaling because it allows you to express yourself artistically. A bullet journal is basically a do-it-yourself planner. There are really no rules (only suggestions), so you can set it up as you like. The Leuchtturm 1917 is a bullet journal that I have been using for almost two years, and I LOVE it because it is slim and portable, while also highly functional.

Another fun part of journaling, specifically bullet journaling, is calligraphy and hand lettering. It can seem daunting at first, but with time and practice, you too can become a calligraphy master.

Want to know how? Here are some videos you can watch:

- Calligraphy for beginners

- Bullet journaling tips for beginners

A youtuber that I recommend watching is Amanda Rach Lee. She make a lot of bullet journaling videos, with helpful tips on how to start.

Maybe you prefer the classic journal style, beginning with a dear diary (perhaps). These are great for jotting down thoughts, ideas, or simply unloading at the end of the day. They can also be used for task planning. Stores like Micheals and Chapters both have great options for journals of all kinds.

Some people enjoy having a series of small journals instead of one big one. Each one represents a different area of your life.

Some examples:

  • Gratitude

  • Health

  • Fitness

  • Appointments

  • School/work

  • Finances

  • Travel

You can choose one or many of these options, or create your own!

Shop for a 12 pack of journals (in assorted colours) here.

A more recent creation in the journaling world is a binder journal. If you often feel discouraged when you make a mistake, these are great, because the pages can easily be removed. Many come in cases with room for credit cards and other small things, making them both portable and functional. Here is a really cute leather binder journal.

Planners are also a great option if you lead a busy life, and can reduce the stress of your daily activities. You can find a large selection of planners in many stores, because of their popularity.

Here are some other journaling supplies you might enjoy:

- Washi tape

- Brush markers

- Stickers

Overall, journaling is a great pastime, and I hope this article has inspired you. Stay safe, and thank you for reading!

  • The Blog team


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