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Start Journaling: How to Keep a Journal for Greater Success

What if you started a daily journal? Can journaling really help you be more successful? Why is journaling so popular? How to keep a journal to be more successful?

You've probably heard of gratitude journals, bullet journals or travel journals. If you can think about it, everyone who keeps a journal swears it's the best thing ever.

There's a reason you hear so much about journaling. Keeping a journal is a key habit for success. Of course, journaling is not a panacea for all problems, but the habit offers many benefits.

This article explains how different types of journals can help you succeed. You'll also find some ideas and examples for getting started with journaling, as well as some tips for creating an established habit in your daily life and maximizing the power of journaling.

What is journaling?

what is journaling

Journaling is the process of getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper on a regular basis.

All you have to do is sit down and start writing? Write a little every day?

You might be surprised at the simplicity behind the concept of journaling. It may seem like a new fad, but journaling isn't a new habit. People have been documenting their lives for centuries, and for good reason. Whether it's a reminder or a way to release your emotions, journaling can help.

It is a mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that helps build strong emotional muscles. It is a powerful way to understand your thoughts, emotions and desires.

Journaling can vary from person to person, and there is no right or wrong way. There are no rules, you can find your way. You can (and should) find a method that works for you.

What are the benefits of journaling?

Whether you're questioning your life or future, or need to organize your thoughts for clarity, journaling can support you.

Don't underestimate the benefits of journaling, journaling has been shown to help reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and alleviate symptoms of depression.

This practice allows you to direct your thoughts on several aspects of your life:

  • Take care of your well-being
  • Clarify your goals
  • Dealing with your emotions
  • Develop faith
  • Recognize your progress
  • Practice gratitude
  • Find new ideas

We all have too many ideas, opinions and thoughts running through our heads. It can be difficult to identify some of these ideas and what they mean to us.

Putting your thoughts down on paper helps you disconnect and understand that your thoughts don't control you. It also helps you more clearly identify your anxiety triggers and understand how to address them effectively.

Keeping a journal about yourself helps you know yourself better. You can always look back at your old journals (which I highly recommend!) and see how much you've changed and grown over time.

It's a great way to remember what you've been through, both the good times and the bad. There are many things we forget, but by writing about them, we immortalize them in our journal pages.

What types of journaling are there?

One of the best things about journaling is its flexibility. The method you choose is not as important as the habit of journaling on a regular basis. This can take several formats and you can adapt this variety to your mood. You can adapt this practice to your day or feelings. Let's look at some ideas to get started.

Gratitude Journal

gratitude journal

The gratitude journal is a very popular choice for beginners. Being aware of what you are grateful for is a great way to view life and can really improve your mood. Don't overcomplicate it. A simple list will suffice. If you're looking to develop positive habits, this is the way to go. The best known is the newspaper The 5 Minutes Journal which I used for a very long time.

Diary or prompt log

The prompt journal is a journaling idea that helps you focus on what to write. This type of journal gives you clear direction before you start writing.

Sometimes I really don't know what to write about, and that's okay. Life is overwhelming enough as it is. So, it's a journal that has questions or suggestions for topics to write about that day.

Brain Dump Journal or brain dump

Unlike the diary, the brain dump journal is a free text. The point of this journal is to not plan anything, just write down the first thing that comes to mind.

What do you need to express yourself? It's a journal for you to express yourself. You don't give it many shapes, just let your thoughts wander and write them down.

This is very helpful when you feel overwhelmed with too many thoughts or don't really know what you want to write about.

Bubble journal or bullet journal

Also known as BuJo, this format is very popular on the Internet. The goal here is to be minimalist. In this journal template, you'll break things down into bullet points: tasks, events, notes, and habits.

This type of journal helps you track all the important elements of your routine, your habits, your challenges, your goals.

Entries tend to be short and very visual, with icons and colors used for easy organization. Some people like to add colors and stickers to make it more colorful and fun.



Writing about the places you've visited and the people you've met while exploring new places is a fun way to journal. It's a nice way to start for those who aren't ready to start writing about how they feel.

Creative Journal

There are no limits in journaling, so keeping a journal doesn't have to be writing. You can explore your creativity in other ways: draw a picture, make a collage, compose a song or poem. You can also try voice memos if you don't want to write. Personalize and share your emotions with yourself.

What do you need to start journaling?

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All you really need to journal is something to write about, and something to write with.

The support is up to you: a paper journal and a good pen, or your iPad/pen and a notes app with a digital journal.

However, it is important to choose a journal dedicated exclusively to your journaling practice, this will put you in the right mindset every time you open it and what's more, you can easily find your writings.

For my part, I adopted digital versions, because it allows me to easily make a habit and in addition to being more free and creative.

If you arrived at this article and have never tried a digital journal or notebook, I recommend that you read the article: what you need to know to transition to digital diary .

Why do you want to start journaling?

creative journal

Knowing why you keep a journal is useful for making it a long-term habit. Do you know what your motivation is behind the intention of journaling?

Journaling can help improve many areas of our lives: your career, your well-being, your mental, physical or financial health. If you think that writing down your feelings is the only way, you are wrong.

I suggest you answer the following questions to help you target your intentions with the practice of journaling. Once you've done that, keep your answers visible so you can always come back.

  • How can you take better care of yourself?
  • What more do you want in your life?
  • What areas in your life do you feel you need to improve?
  • What is holding you back and stopping you from moving forward?

How to start journaling and make it a habit?

start journaling and make it a habit

The key element of journaling is regularity. Here are 5 tips to help you practice journaling on a daily basis:


The best way to stick with it is to choose the method that works for you. Choose from the types of journaling described above or do a mix of your favorite types of journaling. You can also try several ways to find what you're looking for. Keep it simple, at least for now. Once journaling becomes a normal part of your routine, you can set yourself different writing challenges.


One of the simplest strategies for sticking to a new habit is to make sure you set aside time. With a pre-established schedule for journaling each day, around 20 minutes, you will be more likely to be successful. It can be morning, afternoon, evening, it's up to you to choose what suits you. Find a simple method that works for you and stick to it.


Buy beautiful (digital) journals, choose ready-made notebooks or journals that motivate and inspire you.

Create an environment where journaling is a positive moment in your day: have a cup of coffee or tea, light a candle and find a quiet, comfortable place.

Above all, don't forget your judgment! Don't worry about what you write in your journal. “Does the sentence make sense? Is it grammatically correct? Am I writing enough? » Don't get stuck on small details. Let your thoughts and feelings flow naturally onto the page. After all, you're keeping a journal for your eyes only.

practice journaling on a daily basis


It takes days or weeks to develop new habits. Number the pages to understand and encourage your progress. Or choose a 90-day journal that's already paginated to encourage you to establish new habits.


Journaling is a life-changing habit, but it doesn't solve every problem. You can't expect magic. But it can help you learn more about yourself, improve your mood, and feel happier. Don't think of it as a one-size-fits-all solution. Think of it as part of a larger movement to improve your life.

The digital newspaper

paper journal vs digital journal

Digital planning is a new way to combine handwriting with the advantages of digital technology. With a digital journal, you can do any type of journaling.

Digital journals and diaries are PDF files that can be imported into a notes application on an iPad or tablet. A digital journal partially imitates the appearance of a paper journal or notebook. Which allows us to use them in the same way as a paper journal or diary, but keeping all the notes digitally.

digital newspaper

In addition, the digital versions are much less bulky. A digital journal allows you to have infinite pages, you can duplicate any page of your journal according to your needs.

If you are new to the concept of writing on your tablet using a digital pen we have a dedicated page to help you get started .

The Positive Routine Journal method - 90 days

Positive Routine Journal - 90 days

As someone who has been passionate about journaling and personal development for several years, I felt the need to create a daily journal that includes all the essential elements for an enjoyable and successful journaling practice.

Each part of the Positive Routine Journal - 90 days is designed to help you establish new habits and gain perspective on your life, your happiness, your purpose and goals in life. This journal is a mix of types of gratitude journal, prompt journal, bullet journal and diary of brain dump .

Setting goals at the start of the year can be uplifting and exciting, but the excitement quickly dissipates once the routine begins. The 90 Day Journal is a unique tool that helps you stay motivated for 90 days.

Daily motivational journal. By writing down your daily goals, habits, and life purpose, you can feel empowered to take small (big) steps toward your dreams! This helps make journaling an easy and enjoyable habit while keeping track of your thoughts, daily gratitude and ideas.


  • Define your life mission
  • Have moments of gratitude.
  • Define your goals.
  • Write reflections.
  • Have a daily writing routine in the morning and evening
  • Take action.

    How to use the Positive Routine Journal - 90 days?

    The Positive Routine Journal - 90 days has been designed for fluid and accessible use. As a digital file, its advantage is the ability to create a copy every new 90-day cycle. All you need to do is keep the original file in your files, hence the presence of 6 cover pages for optimal personalization.

    Step 1: Start each day with positivity

    Every morning, start with the Gratitude section. Write down at least three reasons you are grateful for in your daily life, elevating your energy for the day ahead.

    Continue with the My life mission section. Identify your personal mission and add specific actions you will take today to progress. This gives you clarity of direction for the day.

    Then define your short and long term goals . Write down up to three goals in each category and the actions needed to achieve them, allowing you to plan your trajectory over the next 90 days.

    Also recognize your current Fears . By identifying them, you reveal them, thereby reducing their power over you. Explore potential solutions to overcome them, establishing a concrete action plan.

    Daily newspaper

    Step 2: Close each day with reflection

    At the end of the day, take a moment for Self-Awareness . Connect with your emotions and understand your inner thoughts, reflecting on how you felt throughout the day.

    Continue with planning your Morning Routine / Evening Routine . Define positive rituals that will mark the beginning and end of your day. Evaluate how the day went and write down your intentions for the next day.

    Identify three specific actions to take tomorrow in the Take Action section, actions that propel you toward your goals and mission, representing the key to progress.

    End your day by writing down your thoughts in the Journal section. Capture your thoughts, experiences, successes and challenges, promoting personal reflection and continued growth.

    Creative exploration with note pages

    In addition to the morning and night pages, discover the four notes pages at the end of the file. These pages provide a space for your thoughts, memories and creative explorations. Choose the style that inspires you most - lined, dotted, squared or blank - and personalize your journaling experience.

    Use these pages as a blank canvas ready to accommodate all the nuances of your journey. By duplicating pages as needed, capture meaningful moments, explore your ideas or express yourself freely. Make this journal unique, reflecting your personal adventure. Remember that you can move these pages around inside your journal, adapting them to your needs and preferences.

    Why 90 days?

    90 day journaling

    The 90 day journaling was a turning point for me. Additionally, this process works for both personal and professional goals.

    Also read the article: How to effectively achieve your 90-day goals .

    • Prioritize: in 90 days, you have a realistic vision and you put fewer barriers to your success. Every day counts, no day should be taken for granted.
    • Accomplish: In 90 days you can clearly see results. You have time to make important changes in your life.
    • Motivate: In 90 days, it's easier to stay motivated. And every 90 days you can start again. It's even easier when you have a digital journal.

    Ready to get started with digital journaling? I invite you to see our Digital Journal collection to preview newspaper and page templates.

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