Different Kinds of Journal Templates
There are many kinds of pre-made printable journals on this site and they are all free! You can either write whatever comes to mind each day or have a specific theme. Here are some ideas:
- A daily journal records memorable events and/or feelings and thoughts each day.
- A travel journal records experiences during a trip.
- Ideas journal is a place to write ideas that pop into your head during the day.
- A gratitude journal is used to express gratitude each day. Every day you write at least one thing you are grateful for. See the benefits of gratitude.
- A brain dump is used to get everything on paper and off your mind. It is great for stress relief.
- Goals journal can be used to write your goals, how you plan to achieve them, and journal about your progress.
- A sports journal or fitness journal to keep track of your workouts, goals, achievements.
- A food diary including what you ate, how you felt, etc.
We offer a free printable reading journal. The 17-page reading journal includes book quotes, reading logs, book trackers, book reviews, library book tracker, and more.
This 50-page gratitude journal includes gratitude prompts, quotes and space to write the things you are grateful for.
This DIY weight loss journal PDF has 41 pages including motivational quotes, water tracker, workout tracker, habit tracker, weight loss trackers, menu plan, food diary template, journal pages, and many more weight loss printables.
Self Love Journal | Wellness Journal
A journal or diary is used to record details of your life such as experiences, feelings or thoughts. Whereas a notebook is open and has no structure, a calendar journal provides sections for each day, week, or month. In a calendar journal, each section is used to record events or thoughts relevant to that date. Since journalling works best when done consistently, a calendar journal increases the chances you will be consistent since you have a section to fill each day. It is easier to notice that you haven’t recorded anything that day whereas with a blank notebook journal you might go for long periods without journaling.
You don’t need to write a lot each day. Even one word or sentence is enough. The idea is to be present and mindful and in touch with your thoughts even if it is only for two minutes each day.
The calendar journal templates on this site are fully customizable. You can change the titles, calendar, embellishments, and calendar journal template. Add your own text and edit the existing text. You can add any doodle or decoration with the click of a button with the help of our digital bullet journal app. Journal decorating has never been easier!
The templates below are in weekly format. If you prefer a daily or monthly format then see bullet journal calendars.
A weekly journal template has space to write each day of the week. These templates are designed for journalling. If you are looking to plan your week, see our weekly planner or a Bullet Journal weekly spread.
Benefits of Journalling
Keeping a journal has many benefits.
We are often so caught up in our everyday lives that we don’t stop to self reflect. One of the benefits of bullet journaling is that the system is built in such a way that you are forced to devote some time to reflect each day in order to migrate content from spread to spread. See bullet journal reflection.
Journalling brings you into a state of mindfulness. When you are writing about your feelings and thoughts you are forced to be present and to think about what is on your mind. You actively engage with your thoughts and feelings in order to write them in your diary or journal.
Retain More Memories
We forget so much when we don’t write it down. I have been keeping a journal for many years. Often I happen to read an entry from years ago and it helps me understand where I came from and the progress I have made. When I am having a tough time and read through old entries during which I tackled obstacles, I am reminded that I am strong enough to deal with difficulties. I did it once and I can do it again. Sometimes, when things get tough you feel like you have never dealt with anything like this but you have and you can.
A journal also reminds you of the beautiful memories that you might have forgotten had you not recorded them.
Also, writing something down increases the chance that you will remember it.
Writing in a journal is a great creative outlet. You can use colored pens, add doodles, stickers, etc.
Julia Cameron developed morning pages (three pages of longhand consciousness writing done first thing in the morning) to unleash creativity.
Relieve Stress and Ease Trauma
Writing in a journal is a good way to relieve stress. According to Harvard Medical School, writing about thoughts and feelings that arise from a traumatic or stressful life experience may help some people cope with the emotional fallout of such events.
Improve Decision Making and Critical Thinking
Journalling helps examine past experiences, evaluate your actions and draw insights that can be helpful for future decision making (Stacy Walker). We can learn a lot from past experiences and the results of those experiences, however when we don’t stop to examine and evaluate these actions and their results then we often fault to gain important insight that can help us in the future.
Journalling about your goals will increase the chance that you reach them. Put your goals on paper, write how you want to achieve them, journal about your progress, the difficulties you encounter and how you plan to overcome them.
Resolve Disagreements with Others
Writing about misunderstandings and disagreements will help you understand another’s point of view according to Psychcentral. It might even help you come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
According to Positive Psychology, journaling has been shown to be effective in helping people manage their depressive symptoms.
101 Journal Prompts
Sometimes, we have no idea what to write in our journal. This is where journal prompts come in handy. When you are not sure what to write about, scan the list of journal writing prompts to see which one resonates with you at that time. It will differ from day-to-day. That is what is so great about journaling. Do what works for you at that moment.
- How would you describe your day? Why?
- Describe yourself.
- Where do you feel the happiest?
- What calms you?
- What would you change about yourself?
- What would you change about your life?
- Nobody knows that I . . .
- What surprised you the most lately?
- What are you good at?
- What is your biggest worry? Can you do something about it?
- What do you love about life?
- What is your biggest mistake? What can you learn from it?
- What are you looking forward to?
- Who do you most admire?
- What makes you smile? List as many things as possible.
- What makes you happy? List as many things as possible.
- What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
- What would you like to say no to?
- What would you like to say yes to?
- If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
- My favorite thing to do on a Sunday
- What accomplishment of yours are you most proud of?
- Which person in your life has had the most influence on who you are today. Why?
- Is there something that you wanted to tell someone but haven’t? What is it? Why don’t you tell them?
- If I could give myself some advice 20 years ago what would it be.
- Describe an unforgettable moment in your life. Why is it unforgettable?
- Who do you admire most? Why?
- Name 5 things you are grateful for. How do they make you feel?
- What is your best childhood memory?
- What is your worst childhood memory?
- If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be?
- If you could be anyone, who would you like to be? Why?
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you like to go?
- Is there anything you would love to do but haven’t tried yet?
- What do you like about yourself?
- Which of your qualities do you think you should work on improving?
- If you could be better at something, what would you like it to be? How can you improve?
- What is your favorite school memory?
- Where is the most interesting place you have ever been to?
- If you had a lot of money, what would you do?
- How would you describe a perfect vacation?
- Describe something you wish someone had told you earlier.
- What is the best decision you ever made?
- What is the worst decision you ever made?
- If you were president, what would you do?
- What would you love to invent?
- If you could change anything about the world what would it be and why?
- Write a letter to yourself in 20 years.
- The 3 things I couldn’t live without are…
- What is the worst thing you have ever done? What would you do if you had a second chance?
- What do you appreciate about your parents?
- What is the most courageous thing you have done?
- Make a list of 20 things that make you smile.
- Who are the people in your live that make you feel loved. When you are finished journaling why not reach out to them and let them know how you feel?
- Describe 5 to 10 places you enjoyed visiting.
- What could you do to make the world a better place?
- Write a bucket list of 15 things you would like to do one day.
- If you can spend one day with anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?
- What would you like to change about your life? How can you change it?
- If you could live anywhere for one year where would it be? Why?
- Do you remember any of your dreams? Describe them?
- What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
- What is the worst advice anyone has ever given you?
- What are the things that you would love people to do for you or say to you.
- How would you like people to describe you.
- What could you do to live a more fulfilling life?
- Describe your soul mate (if you are lucky enough to have one then describe the person and if not then describe what they would be like).
- Write a letter to your past self.
- Write a letter to your future self.
- Is there anything you feel guilty about? Would you like to be forgiven? How could you be forgiven? If possible, put this on your to-do list or better yet, do it right now.
- The scariest moment of my life was…’
- Five things I couldn’t go without. Why?
- The most disappointed I have even been.
- What qualities in other people annoy you?
- What qualities to you admire in other people?
- What are you passionate about?
- What motivates you?
- I felt luckiest when…
- The three most important things in a relationship.
- Has anyone caused you pain? How? Could you forgive them?
- What can I do to make my life better?
- What can I do to improve my relationship with those who matter?
- What is something that you want to do but haven’t done for any reason? How can you overcome the obstacles?
- What calms you? How can you incorporate this more into your daily life?
- What could you do to help other people?
- How would you like other people to help you?
- Is there anything that happened in your past that changed the way you are today?
- Describe a challenge you have overcome.
- What do you like about your body?
- What are the things in your life that you take for granted?
- What are some ways you could better connect with people?
- I feel awkward when…
- What would your dream life be like?
- What is your best quality?
- What is something you need to forgive yourself for?
- Is there something you do because it has become a habit or you are expected to do? If you could do whatever you want, what would you do?
- What are the habits you would like to change? Do you want to make the effort to change them? See our free habit tracker printables.
- What are three things you would love to accomplish next month?
- What are three things you would love to accomplish next year?
- What are three things you would love to accomplish in the next five years?
- Make a life bucket list.