Throughout my life, I've experimented with a variety of journaling styles. I’ve come to realize there are no journaling rules, only experiments. I know I will continue to experiment with journaling because it helps me turn my intentions into reality. For example, a few of my 2015 intentions include creating a long-term financial plan and redefining my relationship with money.
Setting these intentions has led to dozens of journal entries. During one of my writing sessions, I came up with the idea of having a monthly money meeting with Logan. At the end of each month, Logan and I now examine our income and expenses, and we’ve had engaging conversations about career choices, housing options, mundane daily expenses, and our long-term goals.
Being debt-free is a huge relief and stress reducer. However, I want to manage my money more effectively and let go of my fears. Journaling about these topics pushed me to explore my fears and identify the negative and positive stories I associate with money.
Whether I’m writing gratitude lists or exploring my money issues, I use a few key journaling tools every day. I’ve written about how I use m journals in the past. However, my process has evolved with practice. Today, I’m going to share an updated list of my tools and how I use them.
Midori Travelers Notebook
The Midori is more than a notebook. I use it as a way to organize multiple journals. The system centers around one leather cover and multiple bands that hold several notebooks in place.
In June 2014, I purchased a passport-sized Midori Travelers Notebook and I enjoyed using it for art journaling, gratitude lists, and more. In October 2014, however, I gave my small Midori to Logan and purchased the larger version. I miss the tiny notebook, but I'm happy Logan is using it. (Plus, there is more room to write in the larger version.)
Currently, I have two journals in my Midori. One notebook is for business ideas. I use it for B-School notes and brainstorming. The second notebook is for freestyle writing, gratitude lists, and art journaling.
The Desire Map Day Planner
When I start my day, I reflect on my yearly and monthly intentions. It doesn’t take long to reflect on my goals, and it’s helpful because reflecting—and planning—give me motivation to take daily action steps.
I use Evernote to capture ideas while I’m walking in town or in the forest. When I’m walking, I open the Evernote app and use the dictation feature on my iPhone to record ideas and brief journal entries.