My Mom is a big advocate of keeping a journal. Anytime something significant happens in my life, inevitably my Mom will ask me, “Have you written about that in your journal?” And, inevitably, I will reply with, “No.” (hanging head down.) But, like my Mom, I DO strongly believe in keeping some sort of record of your life that you can look back on and recall all those little things that would normally be forgotten. Not to mention leaving a legacy for our posterity. It’s just that actually sitting down and writing in a journal never seems to happen, no matter how much I believe in it.
That’s why this idea of making journal LISTS really captured my attention and imagination. I love making lists! They’re quick and easy to write (and to read!), they can be any length, and get they right to the point. Plus they challenge you to think about specific ideas rather than just rambling on about what you did that day. And I do love a challenge. :-)
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There are literally thousands of journaling “list ideas” out there if you look for them. There are even websites that will regularly provide you with list ideas and journaling challenges such as 30 Days of Lists.
I decided to do my own “diy” version. I recently purchased a new journal (which is to say I purchased a blank book that I’m using as a journal.) When I bought it I wasn’t thinking about using it for “lists” per se, but I did have the intention of using it to record all different aspects of my life. Not just the written word. Sometimes I write a few pages or paragraphs, sometimes I’ll jot down key words from a conversation or a motivational quote I read, sometimes I just doodle in it. The key is to keep it with you so that when inspiration strikes you can put whatever it is in the book.
First I came up with some list ideas and decided to devote a section of my book to this new journaling challenge. Since I enjoy expressing my creativity through writing and computer graphics, I made my lists with the help of my Adobe Creative Suite. For me, this is as creative as using colored pens and pencils.
Here is just a sampling of the lists I came up with. I also have ideas for dozens more, but I will work on those over time.
I simply made them a size that would fit in my book, printed them out, and taped them with some decorative washi tape into my journal.
Mine are very simple, but you can get as elaborate (or simplistic) as you want. That’s the beauty of it! It is supposed to be a reflection of YOU.
To get YOU motivated to at least try a little “list journaling,” I made up some simple PRINTABLE list forms that you can fill out with your OWN list ideas. If you already have a journal, put them in that. If not, pick up a blank book at any office supply or craft store. I got mine at Staples for $9.99.
CLICK ON EACH INDIVIDUAL LIST TO DOWNLOAD. (Each list is 6″ x 8″.)
For inspiration on list ideas, here are several links to get you started:
Mrs. C’s English Lessons & Link – 250 Journal Topics
Art Journalist – List Love: 101 List Prompts For Your Art Journals
Moorea Seal – 52 Lists
Kelli Crowe – List of Lists
Ali Edwards – 13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts
Create. Write. Now. – 10 Journal Prompts for Quick Inspiration
ScribeTime – Writing Prompts – The List of 10
Finally, remember this with regards to journaling: it doesn’t matter how you do it or how often you do it….just do it! There are many ways to go about it, but I’ve found list journaling really gets the creative juices flowing! With just a few bullet points, you can capture a moment (and keep it forever!) in a matter of minutes.
Have you tried journaling with lists?