2015 is just around the corner folks, and with a new year comes new starts, new ideas, and new diaries! Yes, I get excited about stationary - deal with it!
I’ve been keeping journals for quite a few years now - from exercise books to fancy hardback bound books, pretty traditional dear diary style journals. With 2015 just around the corner I was thinking about trying something different with my diary keeping. I write reams and reams in my journals, waffling on about the days events, good and bad. I go all around the houses and give myself cramp by the end of the entry - as much as I love doing this, I want to try doing it differently!
If your looking to mix up your diary keeping, or maybe even try it for the first time, here’s a few fun and inventive journals I’m eyeing up that could be the perfect 2015 diary for you and I! 1. Q & A 5 Year Diary £10
I love a good prompt! 5 years is a big commitment if you’re new to keeping a diary but imagine looking back on how you’ve answered the same questions differently over the last 5 years? Each day in this diary gives you a new prompt, a new question, e.g ‘what was tough today?’ and ‘what is your mission’. I love this idea, somedays you just don’t know what to write so a prompt is much needed!
I know, I know, I mention this journal every chance I get yet I haven’t even completed my own yet - but I will be in 2015! This book forces you to break the rules when it comes to journalling and using notebooks. From breaking the spine to recording your dinner, burying a page in your neighbours garden and filling a double spread with circles - the creative possibilities are endless. Not a conventional diary for sure, but it’s different and we like different around here! Pop on over to Pinterest to see how some seriously amazingly creative people have wrecked their journals!
Keeping a diary doesn’t just have to be about words - it can be visual too. I’m not much of an artist, heck even my stickmen are wonky but if you’re a more visual person, this is the journal for you! One page - one sketch - every single day. Drawing can be just as therapeutic as writing - even if you’re no Picasso! And who says you have to show anyone? Though I don’t draw much I love the idea of making collages on the pages or sticking in mementos like cinema tickets or a receipt from a special meal.
Not necessarily a daily journal per say, but if you find yourself struggling to doze off, this is a great way to make that time before you finally drift off more productive. Not only will it make you really think, and put down in words the subconscious thoughts behind why you might be struggling to sleep, it will allow you to get down on paper all those amazingly brilliant ideas you have right before sleep takes you! I always have all these epically amazing ideas as I’m falling asleep - but I can never remember them come morning! I don’t think I’d keep this as a stand alone journal, but it would make a great partner to one of the above!
I’m forever writing lists! Shopping lists, to-do lists, lists of lists, goals, blog post ideas - if you can put it in a list you can guarantee I already have! The listography journal encourages you to put together your autobiography in list form. Though it’s not a daily journal, it’s a project that would be fun to work on over the course of 2015!
It might look like a more traditional journal but I love these beautiful moleskine journals. The hardback case contains 12 64-page pocket sized moleskine notebooks, each with an embossed number, 1 - 12 on the cover. Maybe your a traditional journalist, or you want to incorporate ideas from the above journals - either way these notebooks give you free range to create your own diary, then have them stored securely and beautifully!
7. Go digital
If your looking for a more digital diary in 2015, you might want to consider taking part in monthly challenges, such as the photo-a-day challenges you see on Instagram - you can either go with the given prompts or just record your day in just one photo - then at the end of 2015, have them printed through the likes of Prinstagram in a photo book, or use them for your 2016 desk calendar! It’s a wonderfully creative and visual way to look back on your year!
How will you be recording 2015? Let me know in the comments below!