Pick Your Poison

Pick Your Poison

A Lesson by Erin Thomas

Find a journal that best suits you.


There are many ways to journal, and the way you choose is for you to decide. In this lesson, I will outline a few options for what to journal in. This is the first step in starting your journal. 

There is no shame in sticking to a spiral-bound notebook as your journal. You can also use a book with blank pages. Most booksellers sell these. Or, you might already have a journal. If you haven't used it in a while, I recommend tearing out all of the old pages and putting them in a safe place before starting with it again.

There are many online interfaces that make journaling easy. In the past, I have used Penzu which is great, but you have to pay for the upgraded version which I hear is actually really good. You can also use programs like Evernote or Onenote. Both of these have back-up and password features. 

Many people own smartphones today which makes it easy to simply download an app and go to town. There are many free journaling apps out there, and some will even connect to your computer for back-up. Evernote and Onenote can also be downloaded as apps. 

This can be incorporated into any of the previous options. Adding pictures, videos, and mementos can add a personal touch to any journal.

The key to regular journaling is passion. If you don't want to write in your journal, you probably won't without strong will. If you find a medium that is right for you, it will make it much easier to follow through with your journaling. 


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Added on December 28, 2012
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Erin Thomas
Erin Thomas

I'm a student. Contact me if you want to know more. I write for myself (and for my classes when needed). However, I am always looking for ways to improve!