Whether you maintain one or 21, building the practice of keeping a journal and recording key ideas and activities can very useful for three important reasons.
By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT
Last month, we discussed strategies for retaining students in our courses and programs. This month and next month, we will talk about professional journals—not published in scholarly and trade journals, but notebooks or diaries in which one writes ideas, feelings and reflections so that they can be referenced in the future.
This month, we will discuss the power and value of a keeping a journal, whether you are a student, teacher or administrator.
Types of Journals
There are many types of notebook journals that journal individuals use. Kate Davis, on www.darktea.com, lists 15 (time-capsule journal, specific-topic journal, dream journal, travel journal, reading journal, specific-timeframe journal, group or family journal, gratitude journal, personal-development journal, project journal, gardening journal, meditation journal, planning journal, creativity journal and quick journal) and Shoshana Jackson on www.knoji.com lists 20 (family journal, couples journal, relationship journal, letter journal, birthday journal, memory journal, gratitude journal, prayer journal, good thoughts or affirmations journal, dream journal, focus journal, joke journal, book or movie journal, recipe journal, hobby journal, sports journal, travel journal, health journal, diet and exercise journal and finance journal.)