3 Major Journal Modes You Should be Aware Of

Jack, Journal Guide

A journal can cut a wide swath. You can write about any and everything in your journal. From the price of tomatoes to your concerns about the daily bombing taking place in Israel, from how well your flowers grow to what predicament your business is in, there is a place for all in your journal.

We’ve already talked about using more than one type of journal at a time.   And, there are some pretty compelling reasons for doing so. One of the most important reasons is for the sake of ease. Rather than looking back through your personal journal for information concerning your business it is much easier to simply maintain a business journal.

Whether you’re keeping multiple journals or not there are 3 major journal modes of which you should be aware. By knowing what they are and how they work you will be better served by your journal – or journals.


To some, the perception of diary keeping or journal writing begins and ends with this mode. They think if you write in a journal it is all about you, you, you or me, me, me.

And there is some substance to what they think.

After all, whatever you write about in your journal is from your unique point of view.

What those folks may have failed to consider is the subtle, behind the scenes personal enhancement achieved though long term journal writing. That isn’t even considering the fact that there are times when the personal enhancement is not so subtle and not so long term, but glaring and quickly achieved.

Take my friend, Sarah, as an example. She can name numerous ways her journal has been useful in seeing her through the hard times, allowing her to gain a measure of control and in her words, “saved my sanity.”  And recently, she decided to up the ante. She set a goal of losing 20 pounds in a few months. With hard work, and the benefits inherent in using her journal to work through the process she reached her goal and reports it was easier than any other time she had been in a weight loss quest. Further, she’s decided to use the same techniques to go for another 20 pound loss. Yea, Sarah!

And yes, your journal can be your most powerful self-enhancement tool.

Community or Organization

This mode is all about how you relate in the world beyond your four walls. Of course, this mode is built on relationship, but it doesn’t stop there. When using this mode your journal concerns will focus on your efforts as well as those of others with whom you’re associated. It could be you belong to a service organization or some other type of club. It might be the community of people with whom you gather to worship or the non-profit organization you lead or serve within. And, you may be surprised to learn this mode also includes your job.

When using this mode within the pages of your journal you will be including more references to we, we, we than me, me, me. Your concerns will deal with the success and achievements of your community or organization.

Some of the items written about in this mode include the fund raising efforts of your club, the latest project your boss has assigned you and your team, ideas to build membership, service projects as well as information about the history or functions of your community or organization.

In this mode, you may find a better way to work through a process or you may find a solution to a problem which involves a change of attitude on your part.

Helping your Community or Organization grow is more easily achieved when your journal is part of the equation.


The reason Business has a mode of its own is because your business is a separate entity from you. And, as a business owner myself I know that can be a hard pill to swallow. Yet, the mode of business is best served by keeping that fundamental truth in mind.

While you should be growing as a person while you are growing your business there is a time to focus fully on the business as a body which has its own being. And, not unlike you a business will have good days and bad days. By using your journal as a tool to enhance your understanding of your business, you will also be using your journal as a tool to enhance your business. It doesn’t matter if yours is a part-time or full-time business, taking time to write about it will aid your business in achieving more, more quickly.

Some of the things you can include when writing in the business mode are your goals for specific time frames such as annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily. Also write about actions taken and their importance. Include information concerning what it will take to improve your performance in the future.

By writing in your journal you can often discover ways to be flexible, to pivot in ways which will enhance your business beyond, beside or in spite of the plans you’ve already made.

And on a related note

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but we’ve been busy around here preparing a brand new guided journal which will be just for business owners and professionals who are ready to take action, move ahead and up their game. It should be ready soon and, of course, I’ll let you know when it is available.

Try this:

  1. When you next write in your journal be aware of which mode you are in.
  2. Take note (in your journal, of course) if what you are writing will enhance your personal life, your community or organization, or your business.
As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.

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