My journaling system

Some days ago I challenge myself to keep a Journal. Share my thoughts and stuff I’m doing. However, then I started to think: Do I really just want to write random posts? Rather than doing this, I thought making it more useful — especially for myself. Since I already called it a journal, why not make it more ‘journalish’. 


Furthermore, I thought this ‘journal thing’ deserves some thoughts since I’m going to spend a lot of time on it. My original intention was to write a lot more than I’m used to. Therefore it didn’t really matter what I would write about.


The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.

— David Hare


After some thinking and reading about journaling, I realized how powerful journaling can be. It’s much more than just writing about your experience. It’s about reflecting and managing yourself. I mean it can be about this. Isn’t this awesome, it can be about whatever I want. But this is what I want to use this for: Reflecting. Learning. Self-improvement.


Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Doing something on a daily basis means it should be really simple. Everything should be pretty simple in my option. But if you have to think too much about what you should do and how instead of the tasks itself you waste a lot of time and energy. Knowing this, I created a little system for myself. My journaling system.

I guess over time I will make some changes and improvements. This is how I like to do something like this. Just start with a basic idea. Let’s call it beta-version. Quickly you become aware what does work and what not by using it. You adjust on the way.

Anyway, here is what I came up with. I still want to write about my experiences and activities. Stuff I did. Moreover, I want to focus on reflecting my experience and my progress in different areas of my life. Additionally there has to be space for random thoughts and other stuff like books I read. I ended up with making different categories or tags.


My journaling system



The first category ‘mylife’. Here fits everything going on in my life which doesn’t fit in any other category. Whatever happens in my life. My travels. Nice memories. Maybe I tried something and want to share my experience. Worries. Fears. Thoughts. Decisions. Everything.



‘Lessons’ is about my learning. Lessons with value. Life lessons. Things I found important and want to integrate more in my life. Maybe I just read about them. Learning from others is always a good idea. Besides that, I want to write about mistakes I did and what I learned.


Some questions I might ask myself:

  • Did I failed with something?
  • Could something similar happen in another part of my life?
  • What did I learn?
  • How can this help me in the future?
  • How can I integrate my learning into my life?



Reflecting my life is going to be a big part of my journaling. Therefore I thought about doing some kind of check-ins — Maybe monthly? Reflecting my progress I did in various areas of my life. My goals, exercise, mindfulness, habits, nutrition etc.

Not quite sure how far I want to go with it. It would be effective to measure my progress in all areas to see if I’m actually making progress. We’ll see about that. 


Some questions I might ask myself:

  • What do I struggle with?
  • How do I tackle these struggles?
  • What is important in my life? Where do I want to make progress?
  • What are my current goals? Do I have any at all?
  • Am I doing progress?
  • If not, why wasn’t I making progress?
  • How can I improve in the future?



This is the place for random thoughts. Anything is possible. Whatever comes true my mind. Most of the time they are going to be just short thoughts. Very subjective. No holistic view at all.



Something I wanted to do for a long time. Rather than reading a book and forget most of it quickly, why not make notes about the most important things. I already started this but never really continued doing it. Everything I find helpful I will write about. No summaries. Just what I found important and pops up in my mind. 



Finally, writing about accomplishments and remarkable moments.


Some questions I might ask myself:

  • Did something special happened?
  • What is special about it?
  • How did I get there?
  • What did I learn?
  • What would I do different?


Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.

— Jim Rohn


This is what I’m going to do. Since I have no experience at all I can’t tell if it’s going to work. I’ll find out.


Another thing, I might just put a quote in here and there. Not quite sure about that. A quote which has nothing to do with the rest of the article. A quote I simply enjoy reading. Like this one.


Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper. That we may record our emptiness.

— Kahlil Gibran


That’s it. As usual you will find my journal here: