Though I kept 3-4 journals, there is one journal that I used a lot, in which I kept records for almost everything that happens.
I use 6 steps to make that journal useful and beautiful.
STEP 1: TITLE PAGE
Every year, when I start to use a new journal, I always write one sentence describing the mood at that moment to inspire myself.
STEP 2: HABIT LIST
I list the little habits I want to have, for example, running, going to bed early, eating fruits, etc. If I complete it successfully, I will mark it using a color pen. What we need to do is to finish the habits day by day, and we will make a great difference.
STEP 3: MONTHLY PLAN
In my journal, the monthly plan page has two functions. One is to do the planning, I mark out the important dates, someones’ birthdays, etc. And the other one is to record the highlights. For example, last week, I bought a large box of oranges at a quite low price (about 70% off). How great it is in the days like this when everyone is struggling in saving money, right? I recorded it down on the monthly page. In this way, I always remember to observe life and be grateful. No matter how tough the day is, I can always find out and record the highlights.
STEP 4: MONTHLY GOALS
The to-do list. But make it beautiful. I sometimes paste the photos I love from the magazines on it, sometimes it is the place I hope to travel to, sometimes it is the cloth or a watch I hope to buy someday as a reward for my hard work.
STEP 5: DAILY JOURNAL
Normally, I will not write down bad things in my journal. I’d rather ignore it and write down happy things instead. I always feel that that thing has made me really unhappy already. If I make a record of it, the bad memory would be long.
In the daily journal page, I sometimes paste on little and lovely things I find and keep during the day. For example, a take-out menu, the train schedule, or even tag from the new-bought cloth, which I thought is well-designed.
STEP 6: GRAPH
On the last day of a month, I always do a monthly review and write down the monthly goals for the next month. In the monthly review, I sometimes make a graph of the number of books read, the money spent, or even the weight changes. A graph makes it clearer.
So those are the steps used when I am writing my journal. For me, the journal recording those little things has become a valuable friend. How about you? What’s your journal like?