I’ve always been someone who wrote things down. I have bags and bags full of diaries from my childhood – I used to keep a running log of how much the character Spike featured in each episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Important stuff.
Journaling is growing in popularity, and thankfully people are finding more creative and interesting uses for it than I used to.
There are loads of books available to guide you along – one of my favourites is Listography, which is full of quirky illustrations and prompts to help you document your life in lists. There are a whole series of these, from lists about the future to lists about travel. I like the different take, which encourages you to record things you might not otherwise. It’s like an autobiography at a glance.
There are also lots of variations on five year diaries, where you write about the same date on each page for five years. I love the idea of being able to look back and compare years, but I’ve found writing every day really hard to stick to. It’s a constant source of guilt sitting on my bedside table!
Then of course there’s the simple old notebook. I’m using a lovely faux leather Ted Baker one as my current journal. There’s something about putting pen to paper, with no prompts or restraints, which is very therapeutic.
Whether or not you’re much of a writer, there’s a journal for everybody. Why not give one a go?