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How to Create an Inspiration Journal You'll Love to Use

How to Create an Inspiration Journal You'll Love to Use

How to Create an Inspiration Journal You'll Love to Use


"I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important." — Judy Collins

An inspiration journal can make you smile with delight on a cloudy day, give you a much-needed boost of confidence when you’re feeling glum, and make you feel as if you could complete your to-do list in five minutes’ time. All the more reason to create a journal you’ll love to use!

Your inspiration journal should be more than just a journal: it should be a true fount of inspiration, customized especially to your tastes. It should be a place where you can collect thoughts, reflect on musings, make plans for the future, and inspire you to live your best life.  

Here are several tips to help you create an inspiration journal you’ll love to use:

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Choose a journal with care.

The first step in creating an inspiration journal is to select a journal or notebook that is pleasing to the touch and eye. What matters most to you when it comes to selecting a journal? Carefully consider all features of your new journal including journal size, cover type, binding, paper quality and weight, format (lined, blank, etc.), and color. Have fun shopping online or in-store for your favorite journal features.

Select an inspiring journal subject.

Next, you’ll want to choose a dedicated subject for your journal. This will help you better focus your intentions when you’re writing, planning, and reviewing information. You can give your journal a unique, customized title such as “Emily’s Journal of Fabulous Quotes” or stick with a basic subject, as in “Weight Loss Journal.” It all comes down to your personal preferences and tastes.  

Sketch out journal features.

The next step is to identify all (or at the very least, most of) the types of features you’d like to include in your journal. You’ll want to sketch or map out these features before putting your pen to paper. Would you like to include charts, graphs, data entries, page numbers, a table of contents, summations, indices, or sections in your journal? Maybe a simple dated entry format for stream of consciousness writing would suffice. Perhaps you’d like to have a recurring set of data collecting features throughout your journal. It’s all up to you.

Gather sources of inspiration.

What inspires you? Is it an ongoing list of your recent accomplishments, a collection of pencil sketches, photo snapshots from past vacations, eye-opening magazine clippings, beautiful fabric swatches, entertaining family stories, or something else? Now’s a great time to gather these items and pepper them throughout the journal at regular intervals or store them in specific sections with tabs. Don’t forget: any entries you write in your journal will automatically be a source of inspiration!  

Make your journal yours.

When it comes to creating an inspiration journal, the most important thing to remember is that it really is all about you. Use your journal as often or as little as you’d like and be sure to personalize it according to your taste. You can use your favorite pens, pencils, and markers to write and draw, and give your journal some backup support in the form of favorite office supplies like rulers, stamps, tape, erasers, and sharpeners. Feel free to write on a page or many, skip a page or several, and record or doodle as you desire. Above all, make your journal yours.

About the author

Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps individuals and businesses better manage their time, energy, and resources. Her work has been featured in a variety of online and print media including Fast Company, The Atlantic, Business Insider, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, and Cosmopolitan. Visit her online at

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