More About My Journal

I’ve mentioned here before that I always have my journal with me.  I record snippets of conversations; I write down interesting things that I see; I jot a note if I have a story idea – things like that.  My friends think I’m a little crazy because I whip it out at what they perceive as inopportune times, but for me, I can’t process information or ideas without writing them down.

In the past year, I’ve also used the journal as a catch-all to organize my life.  As my children, currently ages 9 and nearly 12, grow, their lives get busier and more complex.  Like any mom of tweens, I’ve had to work around their schedules and I have been experimenting with the best way to keep us all organized.  I have a calendar-type item on my refrigerator right now that has each person in the house listed separately, and that helps a lot.  But I also use my journal.

I have started keeping to-do lists in the journal.  I turn to it so often, that it makes sense.  The lists can be annotated with my notes or instructions or anything that I prefer – they’re my lists in my journal. 

I also have a journal with a latch or I keep a rubber band around it, so I can put items I want to keep right in it.  There’s always some article in it that I mean to read.  I’ll get to it, and since the journal is always with me, it’s easy to pick it up while on the train, or while waiting for a child or something like that. 

Since I’m a writer, people often buy me fancy journals as gifts.  I love them.  But a notebook works just as well.  Here in Japan, they make better sized notebooks for carrying around and journaling – not the big spiral-bound notebooks I think of in the U.S.  But it’s not what the journal looks like that’s important, it’s what’s inside.  I keep a box of old journals in my office. I invariably need to find something I wrote or something I slid inside.  My system seems to be working for me.

I’m not saying that every writer should have a journal and use it like mine.  My point is that I’m doing what works for me.  I would encourage all writers, though, to figure out a plan for writing and journaling that works for them.  It’s a great feeling when things are working and assisting you as you move forward.

I’m off on a journey today with a friend for her birthday.  I cannot wait for the adventure of it.  I’ve already packed my journal.

Happy writing!

3 thoughts on “More About My Journal

  1. I think you must work on blog templete so that people can get information easily……

    you must organize your information and change the theme…
    by the way information in this blog is useful
    thanks

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