How Using a Journal Can Improve Your Life

Keeping a daily journal is an excellent way to focus on gratitude, get organized, and set goals. Here's how using a journal can improve your life.

Journal Supplies with text, "How Using a Daily Journal Can Improve Your Life."


This post is part of a partnership with Erin Condren, but all thoughts and opinions about the products are my own. I don't promote what I don't love! This post contains affiliate links. 


How To Use a Daily Journal


There are many great purposes for keeping a daily journal that can improve both your positivity and productivity.


  • Document your personal goals or visions for the future
  • Set professional goals
  • Track positive and negative habits such as exercise, water intake, healthy eating, etc.
  • Plan meals
  • Reflect on the things you're grateful for
  • Daily prayer reflection
  • Finance and budgeting
  • Mood tracking
  • Keep lists - books you've read or want to read, to-dos, etc.
  • Recording inspirational messages or meaningful quotes
  • Allow yourself to vent
  • Self-reflection
  • Make study plans
  • Keep day plans
  • Creative writing
  • So much more!

Journaling is one of the best ways to clear your mind of all the clutter of things that are on your to-do list. Taking time to jot everything that pops into your mind down frees up room in your head for other things.

Once a month, do a huge brain purge. Empty every single thing you can think of that needs to be done onto a page in your journal. From there, mark the high-, medium-, and low-priority items then begin to move each of those to your weekly planner.

Free Journaling Challenge!

It can be tough to know just where to start if you're new to journaling, so I've partnered up with Erin Condren to share a fun FREE Month-Long Journaling Challenge with you! Click the image to grab yours!

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What You'll Need to Get Started

My personal go-to journaling products come from Erin Condren. I have been impressed year after year by the quality of all of the products I've used. These are the tools that I use for my journaling and my other planning needs.

Journaling Supplies - Erin Condren Coiled and Softbound Notebooks

Coiled Notebooks

In my most recent order, I received this Coiled Notebook that I've started using as an organizer for all things related to my blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store. At the time of this post, there are over 100 covers to choose from and personalize!

Journaling Supplies - Coiled Notebook and accessories from Erin Condren

I chose the dotted paper when I customized my journal, to allow for maximum flexibility with how I use it. The 124 pages are great heavy quality and are perforated for easy removal from the notebook, and there are two notebook sizes and three layout options to choose from.

Erin Condren Coiled Journal with dotted paper

Perforated dotted paper in Erin Condren Coiled Notebook

This notebook even comes with a page of the standard Erin Condren stickers at the back!

Journaling Supplies - Coiled Notebook with Stickers from Erin Condren

Softbound Notebooks

For a slightly smaller option with a heavenly-feeling cover, the new Softbound Notebook is a perfect choice! These also contain 124 pages and have two layout options for the inside pages and ten cover color choices. I love the look of the foiled paper edges and the feel of the soft cover.

Journaling Supplies - Purple Softbound Notebook and accessories from Erin Condren

Journaling Supplies - Open Softbound Notebook and Markers from Erin Condren

Fun Writing Tools

If you asked me a month ago, I'd have told you that I was a Flair pen girl. Right now, though, they've got some serious competition from these Dual-Tip Markers. I love that I have a medium and fine point in every color I own. It makes creating planner layouts fun and easy.

Journaling Supplies - Dual-Tip Markers from Erin Condren

Journaling Supplies - Dual-Tip Markers and Coiled Notebook from Erin Condren

These Dual-Tip Markers come in a wide variety of colors and come in a great hard-plastic container that keeps them organized.

How Will You Use Your Journal?

I'm having a fun time scouring the internet for ideas for how to use my new journals! I'd love to hear about how you use yours. Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to me by email to let me know how your journal is changing your life!

Journaling Supplies - Monthly Goals spread

Don't forget to grab your FREE Month-Long Journaling Challenge! Just click the image below!

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