For some people, the possibilities a blank book suggests are inspiring. For many of us though, they’re simply overwhelming. To take the fear out of writing on that first blank page, we’ve lined up five unconventional ways of using a new journal.
Get Comfortable in a New City
Your first day in a new, unfamiliar place can be nerve-wracking, whether you have moved there permanently, are on vacation or just passing through. Next time you travel, take a small journal and pen with you to note any important landmarks or street names you come across and you will find that the act of writing them down will actually help you to remember. Journals are also great for storing transit maps and other important guides!
Turn a Dayplanner Into a Daily Journal
If the idea of trying to fill in an entire journal seems daunting, then consider using a dayplanner or 10-Year Journal instead. The smaller, daily entries make it easy to write down at least one thing about each day.
Embrace Your Neuroses
Think of this one as an anti-gratitude journal. Rather than writing down the things you are thankful for, write down what really ticks you off. Unleashing like this can feel incredibly therapeutic, while also making for some engaging reading material down the line! Instead of fuming at that guy talking too loudly on the train, write down your experience. Who knows, you may just end up with Woody Allen-esque musings.
Track Your Workouts
Being held accountable is an important part of maintaining a fitness regimen. So if you aren’t working with a trainer who is keeping notes for you, bring a journal along to the gym so you can jot down your reps, sets and weights. Tracking your progress (and remembering where you left off) will become a breeze!
Create a Bullet Journal
By now, you have probably seen at least one blog article or Pinterest post about the craze that is bullet journalling. An innovative way to set and track goals, the bullet journal is billed as “the analog system for the digital age.” If you find that handwriting to-dos is more effective than using a digital planner, but you need a more organised way to keep track, then bullet journalling may be the perfect method for you.