Today’s post is all about journal ideas that you can use to keep track of your daily life and memories. Journal in your planner or just write in a notebook. It doesn’t matter what you write in, it just matters that you are getting your thoughts out and your creativity flowing by journaling.
In the days of Coronavirus and lock downs, there may not be much going on in many people’s lives to plan, other than binge watching Netflix or thinking of ways to redecorate their homes. I know I’m guilty of both!
Needless to say there’s not much planning going on. Or at least the kind of planning in the traditional sense. But you can still use your planner. Planners these days are very versatile, that’s why I love the Happy Planner. If you haven’t tried the Happy Planner yet, check out this post to get started.
Instead of using your planner for functional planning, use it as a journal! Your planner is the perfect place to journal everyday. And there’s so many different things you can journal about. You can keep track of daily happenings in your life, current events, or your feelings about certain things.
Journaling is a very personal experience. It can really be anything you want it to be. There is no right or wrong way to do it. In this post I have several different ideas you can try to journal in your planner.
I love the idea of spending some time with God each day. Sitting quietly and reading from the Bible, meditating, or just talking with Him. It always gives a sense of peace afterwards. Journal about it and how it applies to your life. Or write down things you read that you want to remember.
Gratitude Journal Ideas
Keep a gratitude journal and write down the top three things you are grateful for each day. There are so many benefits to expressing gratitude in your life. When you feel grateful for what you already have in your life right now, it opens you up to bringing more of that goodness into your life.
You could write about different ideas each time by using journal prompts. These are basically sentence starters that you finish with your own thoughts. This is a great way to get your thoughts and creativity flowing. If you are feeling a little stuck creatively, it’s great to use journal prompts each morning. You can decorate your own horizontal layout below and use a journaling page. Get access to the Resource Library here.
Journal About Your Kids
Keep track of your growing children and all of their milestones. Especially when they’re infants, new moms always want to keep track of when their baby hits each milestone, and your planner is a great place to keep all that information. Even if you don’t have a newborn, it’s still great to write down the things your kids do as they grow, the cute things they say, or some of their favorite things.
Highlight of Your Day
What was the best thing that happened to you today? Write down the highlight of each day. This is a great way to look back and see all the things you are grateful for, too. Even the little things count; something that made you laugh, a nice gesture from a stranger, or running into an old friend. Whatever your day brings, pick one and journal about it.
You can add a list in your planner and use it as a prayer journal. Write down the things you want to pray about, and the people you want to pray for. This is very personal and you can do this however you like.
A lot of people like to keep a food journal during their weight loss journey. A food journal can help you see trends and patterns in your eating habits and how different foods affect your mood and your health. Below you can see how I used a vertical layout with 3 sections so I could keep track of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I used the undated vertical layout and decorated with those cute black hearts using the Happy Planner Colorful Shapes sticker book. Get a copy of this printable in the Resource Library.
Memory Keeper With a Big Happy Planner
Use a Big Happy Planner as a scrapbook. Use a sprocket printer to add pictures to your layouts, add captions or recaps. Then comes the fun part, when you decorate your pages with washi tape and stickers.
Positive Thoughts and Affirmations
Write down positive thoughts and affirmations that apply to your life. Reflect on these thoughts and say your affirmations daily.
Recap Your Day
Write a quick recap of your day. You can also add current events, things that happened in the news, and your thoughts and feelings about them.
You can use your planner for more than just planning. Keep track of all those memories and moments in your life that you want to remember. Keeping a journal is a great way to find some good in your day and the Happy Planner is the perfect place to journal.