There are many good reasons to write things down. I have always loved reading and writing and the advent of blogging in past decade really gave me the safe space I wanted to pen somethings down at least for memory sake and in case anyone may find it useful.
Journaling really give ourselves a reason to introspect. I confess that despite my introverted nature, I have never really sat down to just think through what may have happened some days. I was very happy to just think through new ideas or what ifs. But not reflecting on things that happened was a mistake in that it would’ve helped me put things in better perspective in my younger days. I now have the time and space to do this at least and encourage you as well to do the same.
If you ever thought what types of journals or blog posts you should do, here are some ideas and tips:
– Spiritual Journal – To record dreams, messages or sermons, verses or testimonies that impact you. This is a good way to recognize signs of backsliding ahead.
– (Private) Work Journal – To record lessons learned, to analyze self and others, to have a way to rant safely and move on, to think of improvements that should happen and reflect on regrets so they are not repeated
– Personal Journal – The heart is deceitful Bible says. Keeping things inside us without proper thought just twists things negatively. Having written, audio or video journaling helps us not keep things bottled up. It helps us confront things in a manner that’s still safe and private while still being revealing to self.
– Travel Journal – Vlogging helps keep treasured memories for this type of journal. Some things to record are interesting experiences, things eaten, places visited and travel tips to be aware of for future trips
– Event Tracking “Journal/Diary” – This can be done most efficiently via calendar for convenience sake. If you’re a couple, then you will especially benefit from having shared and separate calendars that are still visible to each other. This way, no event gets forgotten and a good tracking is still available of what date you took a certain trip or how long ago you had went on a good date together. You can record thoughts or notes in calendar description to refer back to.
– Habit Tracking – This is best done in apps like Daylio or Moment Diary (ios & Android available). You could certainly keep track in analog bullet journals but that seems to be a wastage paper in my opinion. You could also keep track in something like Evernote or Excel but personally that felt cumbersome and inconvenient after some time. That’s why I moved on to phone apps where the data can be exported after a while and stored in Evernote for some memory sake if needed. Here’re some habits to keep track: chores, water intake, exercise, bill payments or money tracking, calorie intake, sleep quality, reading, etc.
– Cooking or Food Blog – If you have goals of healthy living and/or weight management then tracking the types of food you eat is very important. I recommend online blog for this and/or using apps like Google Fit to help keep automatic track.
Which types of blogs are you interested in writing?