Empty Notebook? Fun and Effective Ways to Fill Your Journal!

Having a notebook and not having a journaling idea can lead to a storm in your head. There are some people who end up buying fancy-looking journals with the thought that they will be regularly writing in them. Unfortunately, that is not what happens. Usually, these journals end up in the back of the bookshelf waiting for you to pick them up and write down something.

Now, the question is what to write. Most often, we have come across people who are always asking others for inspiration asking, what to write in them.

Luckily, there are several different things that you can jot down in your precious, beautiful journal. These ideas are what we are going to share with you today.

Being a fan of journaling, we have tried all different kinds of journaling ideas and have loved many of them. In fact, there are a few journaling ideas that have helped us improve ourselves and become an improved version of ourselves.

Before we start to discuss more on these journaling ideas, let’s get to understand why should one even consider journaling?

Benefits of Journaling


Most people believe that journaling is a hobby. But what you might not know is that there are several benefits of journaling that you might not know about. Journaling is no longer an old-fashioned idea that is adopter by a certain age group. Instead, it has become a very progressive way of improving your health. 

What are the benefits of journaling you need to know about?

1) Reducing Stress

We all know how stress can damage our overall mental, physical, and emotional well-being. There have been several studies that have proven these harmful impacts of stress on your overall health. Journaling is one of the effective means to manage your stress. It is a well-known fact that journaling can significantly lower physical stressors.

There is a study that reveals that only 15-20 minutes of expressive journaling three or four times daily for at least 4 months can lower the blood pressure while improving liver functionality. Also, you can manage your stress by writing about your thoughts.

2) Improving Immune Function

Another benefit of journaling is that it can strengthen your body’s immunity. While it might sound unbelievable, but there have been studies that prove how journaling can improve the overall functionality of your immune system. As we have discovered that regular journaling can improve liver & lung function, the healthy liver will strengthen the immune system as well. So, clearly, journaling will strengthen the immune system.

3) Sharpening Your Memory

Another huge benefit of journaling is that it helps to sharpen your memory. It is a well-known fact that writing tends to improve memory. So, if you are looking for a way to boost your memory, you must try journaling.

4) Uplifting The Mood

Well, this is another very great advantage of journaling. Journaling has proven to be a good way of venting out ad uplifting your mood. When you start writing about your thoughts, you get a chance to express your feelings and somehow that helps you realize all about your mood and in turn uplifting it.

So, here you go. We believe that these are good enough reasons for you to begin journaling.  Considering these many benefits, everyone must incorporate the habit of journaling. The only catch here is to be consistent. Journaling consistently is the key to getting all the benefits from it. So, if you are looking for reasons to journal, we believe you have found enough of them.

Now, that we have discussed all the benefits of journaling, let’s get to a Fun and Effective Ways to Fill Your Journal. 

13 Things to Write In Your Daily Journal 

There are several fun ways in which you can fill your journal. If you are stuck finding a cool way to start journaling and getting back to those empty journals you own, these ideas might help you.

So, what are those ideas? 

1) Love notes

2) Writing the quotes you love

3) Journaling about your dreams & aspirations

4) Writing about your dreams - literally

5) Daily logging

6) Gratitude journaling

7) Travel journaling

8) Scrapbooking

9) Affirmations

10) Recipe writing

11) Book reviews

12) Habit tracking

13) Movie Reviews 

1) Love Notes

When one talks about journaling, the first idea that comes to mind is to write love notes. Now, unlike what you might be thinking, love notes are not just what your partner has written for you but also write down everything and anything that makes you feel loved. So, whatever you find comforting just fill your journal with it. 

2) Writing your favourite quotes

Another way to fill in your journal is to jot down all your favourite quotes. The question is why should you write quotes in your journal and what quotes? You can pen down a quote that you might have come across while reading a book, watching a TV show, having a conversation with someone, or even if it just pops up in your head. But if you find a quote interesting, you must pen it down. 

Isn’t it a great idea to fill in your journal? Learn about our favorite quotes.

3) Journaling about your dreams & aspirations

Journaling about your dreams and aspiration can also form a great journaling idea for people who need some extra motivation in their lives. So, if you are looking for a way to inspire yourself to achieve your goals, get a journal and start writing about your dreams and goals. Whatever it is, you just write them down. By writing about our goals every day, especially in the morning, we tend to remind ourselves of them and encourage ourselves to achieve them. So, why don’t you try it out? 

4) Listing down all your dreams - literally

Now that we have found how writing about your life’s dreams and aspirations can help you achieve them and fill in your journal, writing about your last night’s dreams can also be a cool way to fill your journal. It is said that dreams are windows into your soul, your desires, and even your fears. So, if you want to discover yourself, journaling about what you dream can also be of great help. 

Of course, you might not remember everything that happens in your dream, but whatever you remember you must write it down. 

5) Daily logging

daily logging

If you are finding a way to fill your journal, maintaining a daily log of all your activities can be a great idea. Writing down everything that you have done in your entire day can help you reflect on your daily habits and understand what you must change to become a better version of yourself. So, start to fill your notebook with your daily activities. 

6) Gratitude journaling

Gratitude journaling has proven to be a way of humbling yourself while reminding yourself of the precious things you have. The basic concept of gratitude journaling revolves around the idea of writing about everything that you are thankful for. Every morning, it is great for you to write about at least 3 things that you are thankful for.

Isn’t it cool? 

Why don’t you try this for a month and see a difference in your behaviour that we have? 

7) Travel journaling

Another very fun and effective way of filling your journal is to write all about your travel experiences. Whenever you travel to someplace, make sure that you carry your journal with you. You can write about the places you visit, the food you tried, and the things you tried while travelling. 

8) Scrapbooking


Another very cool way to fill your notebook is by writing about all your memories. Sharing every memory with your journal can help you remember all the good things in your life. A journal is indeed a great place for you to collect all your love notes and photographs. Scrapbooking can actually help you go back to every memorable moment you have spent in your life. 

9) Affirmations

Another very fun way to fill your journal is by writing affirmations. Affirmations are the phrases that are associated with self-growth and motivation. Jotting down the affirmations every morning will help bring the lost motivation in you and bring in the optimization you are missing.

10) Recipe Writing

If you have an empty journal staring back at you, you can write down recipes in it. So, if you are looking for fun ways to fill your notebook, you must consider writing recipes in them. This way you will never forget any of the recipes.

11) Book Reviews

Another very cool way to fill your journal is to write book reviews. You can write down everything about the book you are reading or have read including the -

  • Genre
  • Similar authors
  • How did you like the book
  • What do you learn from the book?

12) Habit tracker

If you are looking to form a new habit, journaling about it can be of great help. Be it as simple as drinking more water to starting an exercise regime, you can journal about it all. This way you will be able to track your progress on building a new habit. 

14) Movie Reviews

Another very fun way of filling in your notebook is to write about the movies you have watched. This is perfect for movie lovers. So, if you are the one who likes to watch movies, start writing about the movies you watch. 

You can include the following information about the movie - 

  • Name of the movie you currently watched
  • What do you like about the movie you watched?
  • Summarising the movie in your own words
  • What do you learn from the movie you watched?

15) Journaling about your finances

Another very cool way to fill your journal is to write about your finances. You can use your journal to pen down your budget, debt, and expenses. This way you are always on the top of your financial cycle. Sometimes, managing your finances can become a challenge. By journaling about them, you can easily keep a track of everything and know what are the best practices. 

So, if you are someone who find financing and accounting a challenge, you can definitely use your journal for that. 

Bottom Line About How You Can Fill An Empty Notebook…

These are a few very effective and loved journaling ideas that people love today. Right from writing love notes, to penning down all your aspirations, journaling can extend to anything. Journaling has turned out so much more than a hobby today. When one talks about journaling, there is various stuff that comes to mind. Some believe journaling is writing down all the thoughts they have and feelings they experience, some belief journaling to be a place where they're able to vent out their anger and frustration. Anyway, journaling can be very helpful in self-growth, self-improvement, stress management, and anger management.

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