Lately I’ve been using Penzu, an online journal, to type up my thoughts. Penzu is great when I really have a lot on my mind that I need to get out. But what I really love is guided journals. If you think you just don’t have time to journal, you might want to consider one of the following options. They’re a quick and easy way to get down your thoughts or the happenings from the day.
Q & A Five Year Journal and One Line A Day
These are two of my favorite small scale journals. The Q & A Five Year Journal simply asks you one question every day and you answer it. The book repeats for five years with you answering the same question on the same day every year. You’ll be surprised to see which of your answers stay the same over the years and which change. One Line A Day is a five year journal as well but it doesn’t give you any prompts. You just write something significant from the day and compare what your life was like on that day from year to year.
Are you a lister? You might have fun with the My Listography listing journal. This journal will ask you to make lists of everything from your favorite movies to your goals for the year. I did this journal for a year when I was participating in a Life’s Little Lists project. It was a lot of fun!
One Good Deed A Day
I love One Good Deed A Day Journal because every day it would suggest one very simple thing I could do out of kindness. It helped me to be mindful of other people and it truly did change the way I approached each day. It made me a more thoughtful person and that’s never a bad thing.
The Happy Book
Similar to One Good Deed A Day, The Happy Book inspires you to do things each day that will make you happy, are a little silly, or will boost your energy for the day. Everything from doodling on the pages to taking on a personal challenge for the day. The book is really interactive and by the time you’re finished with it, you’ll have pages full of things that make you happy to look back on.
What’s your favorite way to record your life?
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