It makes up for your forgetfulness
Ever had a brilliant idea, promised yourself to keep it in mind for later and then forgot about it forever? So many creative ideas get lost this way which is quite a shame, but if you’ve got a journal with you, you can simply make a quick note and get back to it whenever you have more time.
Keeping track of things
There’s all kinds of lists you can put in your journal to be more organised: to-do lists, a list of your goals, a list of the books you want to read, a list of things that make you happy for days when you need a bit of positivity, a list of the people you have to get Christmas presents for or even an episode guide of the show you’re watching so you can tick off the ones you’ve already seen. I know all this might sound a bit mundane or even superfluous, but actively keeping track of what you’re doing or just listing things you want to get back into can definitely make life a lot easier.
This is particularly relevant for artists who might wanna make sketches of ideas they have for a new drawing, painting or other type of artwork, but even if you’re just as ungifted at arts as I am, doodling is a great way to pass the time whenever you’re bored and can actually be pretty relaxing.
Writing down quotes and lyrics
If you’re a bookworm, you’ll probably be able to relate to the struggle of really loving a passage of a book, but not wanting to ruin your copy by highlighting it or taking notes on the sides of the page. Therefore, copying it to a notebook or journal is quite a good idea, especially because writing something down will also help you remember it – and knowing a few good book quotes by heart is never a bad thing, is it?
It’s just as useful for song lyrics; you won’t believe how many times I rediscovered songs I’d already forgotten about and fell in love with them all over again just because I found their lyrics in one of my notebooks.
Just write down anything that you feel like you want to remember, be it a quote, a stupid joke you’ve picked up, or an interesting fun fact like “Oscar Wilde’s father was Queen Victoria’s private eye doctor” (yes, that’s from my personal collection).
If you’re feeling creative and are up for a bit of crafting, you could also use your journal as a kind of scrapbook and make collages out of photos, snippets you cut out of papers or magazines, dried leaves and flowers, concert tickets or any other bits and pieces you don’t wanna throw away because they carry some kind of meaning for you.
Let it all out
Sometimes it can be quite helpful, or even therapeutic, to simply write down all of your emotions or worries, particularly if you don’t feel like talking to another person about them. Putting your feelings into words always means reflecting on them as well. This can be great for structuring your thoughts, and going on a proper rant can in many cases be quite liberating, so do give it a try!
Let your friends write in it
Another fun thing to do if you’ve got a journal is to take it with you when you hang out with friends and let them write down your private jokes, draw something, put down book, film or music recommendations for you or simply write you a little message. I’ve done this quite a lot of times and always enjoy looking through all the stuff people have put in there, it’s such a great way to relive your favourite memories with people you love!
It’s pretty much a time capsule
Lastly, since a journal is very personal and often tells you a lot about its owner at the time they wrote it, it will probably be really interesting to look back at a couple of years later. I always find it incredibly fascinating to see how much you can change over time, especially in your teenage years; and even though you might cringe at the stuff you put in your journal later on, it’ll also be pretty amazing to kind of look at your younger self from a different perspective and remember what you were like a few years ago.