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Organize Your Interests & Projects By Journal Writing

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How many interests do you have? I bet you’re thinking, “What the hell kind of question is that, I have lots of interests” Add them to your journal writing routine.

What I mean is, do you have so many interests, ideas, passions, hobbies etc. that it’s hard to keep all the projects you want to do organized and fresh in your mind.

Ahhh, that makes more sense, doesn’t it?

That’s where journal writing comes in…jot down all of the projects you want to do, all of your ideas, all of your passions.

There is an excellent book (Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams ) about this which refers to these types of journal topics as a ‘scanner day book’ where you keep all of your ideas handy. I borrowed this book from my cousin and was very impressed, it’s for those of us that have so many interests that it’s hard to choose which ones we want to pursue.

Designed to help you enjoy your many interests without feeling overwhelmed and unfocused. -Metro New York

You don’t have to record them all at once. The point here is to not be overwhelmed by everything you want to do.

If you happen to not be near your journal when you have an idea, jot it down on a scrap of paper and then tape it into your journal later.

Here’s are what my journal writing topics look like:

  • I love crafts; jewelry making, rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, decorations, paper mache, painting…
  • I love to write; poetry, lists, affirmations, brainstorm..
  • I love interior decorating; color schemes, redesign, layouts…
  • I want to learn to sew better; clothes, curtains, duvet covers…
  • I want to learn soldering; to make jewelry and knick knacks…
  • I recently had ideas to make wooden signs by carving them out
  • I like to design digitally, blog buttons, headers…
  • Books I want to read
  • Blog posts I want to write
  • Resources I want to remember
  • I love to help people; motivate, inspire, listen, be a good friend
  • People I’d like to connect with, learn from, meet, ask questions…
  • I want to help people be happy, be themselves, love themselves…
  • Things I want to learn more about

There are 6 different journal topics right there:People, Crafting, Reading, Writing, Learning, Designing.

Using these as journal entry ideas keeps them fresh in my mind and all in one place so that I can easily add to them, reference them and come up with even more ideas.

Do you think this sounds like a good way to explore your interests while using them as journal topics?

How do you organize your ideas?


Join the discussion

  1. Eydie Stumpf

    You sure do have a lot of interests, Sarah. Very impressive.

    I “jot” down my ideas in Notes on my iPad, but I keep a swipe file, topic/interest folders, on my computer. I always have my iPad with me – or at least my iPhone. Notes are synced on iCloud so I always have access.

    I also use DIIGO. When I see interesting articles online I can bookmark them on DIGGO and then access them on my iPad.

    Actual journaling is something I should be doing more of. After my husband passed away, I started a blog and kept a journal of details, events, thoughts and feelings. It was good therapy… so journaling is something everyone should be doing as it helps to stay in touch with who we are.

    Eydie 🙂

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much, Eydie, for taking the time to comment. I suppose an actual journal is somewhat “oldschool” now in comparison to such a great tool like the iPad. I do not have one of those…yet. I really believe that everyone can benefit in one way or another from journaling, via old school methods or not hehe.

  2. Paula J

    Journal writing is a terrific idea. I’m not organized enough to keep up with that though. All my thoughts are stored in my head. Not such a great idea, but it works 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

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