Journaling is a form of externalization that has really taken off over the last decade as the need for self-reflection and accountability has increased among the general population.
Journaling has a rich sub-culture and comes in various forms, one of which is daily journaling.
It is precisely what it sounds like, i.e., practicing journaling daily.
There can be many reasons to journal. You can journal to track goals, habits, and projects that you want to achieve. Or to plan for the day as soon as you wake up or to reflect on it just before you go to bed.
Some use it to track their mood and feelings, while others to exercise and food.
But the underlying principle is the same, i.e., A daily journal lets you reflect on the past, make sense of the present, and plan for the future!
It is a very therapeutic practice and I recommend you block out some time for it. Or else, it can feel like work.
Traditionally journaling is meant to be physical.
But with the rise of digital systems like Notion, maintaining digital journals makes more sense, so that some of the data points in those journals can be fed to other systems we maintain in Notion, leading to the emergence of new insights.
So for example, if we had a "task management" system, we could import data from our journal about our daily habits and see how those habits affect our daily productivity, what habits have the greatest impact, and so on.
So, what to look for in a Daily Journal, and how do you choose one? It can become intimidating at first, but remember that there is no particular right or wrong way to do it. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Different people journal for different reasons. You need to find out your reasons and go ahead with that. The only right way is what works best for you in the current situation of your life.
Below are some of the well-thought-out templates for Notion journals.