I’ve received another question from a reader.
This reader said, “I would like to have a work journal, just thinkin’ journal and a volunteer activity journal. Should I keep three books or just one and try to write everything in one journal?”
Many people over the ages have kept just one journal for all aspects of their lives. And that was just fine for a different day and age. Yet, today there are some compelling reasons for keeping multiple journals.
For example, many writers (authors) keep a life journal as well as a writing journal. Some folks prefer to have a spiritual journal and another journal for other aspects of their lives. Many RV owners keep one journal designed to be used while they are on the road and another when they are in their stick and brick homes.
Because some journals, such as garden, wine, hunting, nature, vacation or fishing are meant to be used for specific time frames or for particular events they tend to become adjunct journals. They may become pieces of a larger puzzle that is put together when combined with the “regular” journals. Or, these enthusiast specific journals may stand alone as the only type of journal some people use.
But, I’ve just got to say, the reader’s question is brilliant.
The categories listed are excellent.
- A work or business journal is the perfect way to stay ahead of the game.
- A “just thinkin’” journal keeps life exciting.
- And, a volunteer activity journal is bound to be quite useful not only to the owner but also to any organizations through which the volunteering takes place.
If you have a particular interest (in this case the reader is very interested in volunteering) using one journal just for that interest is an easy way to see progress, needs, trends, even important statistics.
What seems most important to me is that there are only 3 different types of journals mentioned.
And, 3 is such a lovely number.
Obviously, you have a variety of interests in your life. And, choosing just 3 aspects on which to focus may be difficult. Yet, at the same time, narrowing the focus to just 3 keeps you from being overwhelmed while still allowing for an exciting mixture.
- What 3 categories of your life would benefit from having a dedicated journal?
- Do you already use a variety of journals?
- Will you begin one or more?