8 Types of Journals to Keep

I have been keeping a journal in one form or another most of my life. My first official journal entry was written the day I turned eight years old. I received a journal as a birthday gift that day. From that point on I have written both regularly and irregularly in traditional journals or notebooks. But I have also kept other types of journals. Maybe one of these will suit you.

Dump Journal

This is the journal you never want anyone to see. It’s the one with all the junk and garbage that needs to be expressed when life is hard. It holds your anger, your sadness, your thoughts, fears and disappointments. It is the place you go to healthily get out all of your frustrations and negative emotions.

Gratitude Journal

The good old-fashioned gratitude journal. Make regular entries about everything you’re grateful for in your life. This really, truly helps you see just how blessed you are.

Joy Journal

This is where you write all of your joys, celebrations, happy events and emotions. This is the journal you come back to when your feeling down (after you’ve written in your dump journal). It’s your pick-me-up journal that also helps you remember and see the good things about your life when life gets so hard that you can’t remember anything good. It is a place for laughs and funny moments that make you smile.

Daily Life Journal

This is probably the most common type of journal. The place where you write your day-to-day happenings, good or bad, compiled in one place.

Art Journal

This type of journal combines feelings, emotions, experiences, etc. and puts them on the pages of a blank art journal or old book using a variety of artistic mediums. Anything goes. These are super visual and super fun.

Song or poetry journal

I wrote my first song, unofficially, when I was five-years-old, but then I went through years of poetry writing before I came back to songwriting at age 15 and never looked back. My songs chronicle my faith, my hope, my challenges, my heartaches, love, forgiveness, dreams, views, and many emotions and events in my life. Writing in these creative mediums is a great release and, when shared, helps other people feel and relate to the emotions expressed in the song.

Dream Journal

There are two types of dream journal. The first is the type where you record your actual dreams that you had during sleep and then analyze them for great insight into your subconscious mind.

The second is an actual journal created in any of the formats above about the things you want to achieve in life, like a Bucket List. It can be expressed as a vision board or video vision or even a bucket list. The point is to RECORD it in some form so your dreams are more likely to happen.