If you’re anything like me, you own 15+ notebooks in all different sizes and each notebook sits dormant on your shelf for eons. You get roped in by their beautiful binding, wonderful possibilities, or, like with a few of mine, the fact that they were free.
I can’t say that I’m much of a “journaler” per se, but I’ve come up with a list of 35 things to journal about that seem interesting.
1. reflect on your day
2. write your daily, monthly, and yearly goals
3. write a letter to your future self
4. document your bucket-list
5. budgeting and catalog expenses
6. make a list of all the “something” you want to do so that you can tick them off, like a bucket list of restaurants or coffee shops
Here and Now
8. draw the people or things around you. It doesn’t matter if you think you can draw or not, it’s fun to try and catalog your progress over time!
9. write down what you’re eating to help you diversify your meal plans and stay accountable to your goals
10. fill a notebook with the highlights of your day as a time capsule
11. transform a notebook into a planner, using the grid or a ruler as a guide, to make a bullet journal
12. catalog what you wear each day to help you know what you wear most often
13. stream of conscious – incredibly therapeutic and interesting to reflect on.
14. fill your notebook with your favorite new vocabulary words
15. learn a new language
16. write down the books you read that year
17. take notes from speakers or presentations you got to
18. catalog your family tree
19. pick a few topics you want to learn more of and deep dive into them, like “powerful women of WWII” or “ecology of the North Pole”
20. collect stickers and put them on the cover of your notebook on display
21. make “mood board” pages of things you’re interested in
22. store your Polaroid photos
23. use washi tape to secure pamphlets from events
24. collect signatures
25. collect little trinkets from your travels, such as your boarding passes or tickets to events
26. write down the schedule of the day and any special memories to help you remember later, and share the details with friends who are planning a trip
27. plan your next trip
28. make a packing list
29. attach a local map so that you can plan your next movements a bit more inconspicuously
30. swatch your favorite makeup products
31. list your favorite quotes
32. work on brainstorming for a new blog post or a project at work
33. write down your favorite recipes
34. list all of the concerts (or events for a certain hobby) you’ve been to
35. catalog a “wish list” of items you want in your closet, on your bookshelf, in your pantry, etc.