So, you don’t like to journal. I get it, it’s time-consuming and if you miss a day then you have a big, fat blank space in the middle of your page reminding you of your failure.
However, and bear with me on this, there are other ways of keeping track, without actually becoming a real journaler.
Today I’m going to share with you five simple ways of keeping track of your days and your moods, without committing to becoming a full time journaler.
- Moodnotes. For the technologically minded out there, Moodnotes is the way to go. I used this a lot during my gap year, to note down memories when you’re on the go. The app allows you to record what’s happened, rate your happiness, indicate your mood and add a date to your memories. Although this isn’t particularly customizable, it’s a great tool for those of you who don’t like pen and paper, and who want their memories available at their fingertips.
- Gratitude log. Personally, I do this in my bullet journal, but if you’re not a fan you can always do it in a note on your phone, in your iCal, or in a separate notebook. Writing down two things a day that made you happy or grateful is a great way of keeping track of your time and gives you something really lovely to look back on.
- Your agenda or planner. If you’re at school or uni, I’m sure you’ve felt the need for a planner. Why not set aside a line at the end of each day, or even in the notes section if you have one, and write down a sentence to sum up your day. It could be something simple, like what you got done, or a funny joke you heard over lunch. Altogether, it’ll give you a good overview of your year that you can look back on later.
- A wall calendar. If you’re not a fan of the idea of carrying your memories around with you, why not keep a wall or desk calendar at home and write or draw in the daily boxes to mark your day. You could use colour, illustrations or (if you’re feeling really bold) calligraphy. For visual people, or the artistic among you, this might be a good option.
- A physical photo album. If you’re big into Instagram or love a good polaroid picture, this is a good option. A photo journal isn’t only beautiful to look at but is also a great way of capturing beautiful photos that you otherwise might have missed. Maybe try taking a picture every day for a month and see what happens?
I really hope you guys have enjoyed this post and have found something useful in here. Let me know if you try any of these ideas in the comments. Happy journaling!