5 creative ways to keep a diary

5 creative ways to keep a diary

5 creative ways to keep a diary

May 7, 2021

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These methods will make planning easy and fun.
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Asya Ploshkina

Author of Lifehacker

5 creative ways to keep a diary


1 Bullet Journal


How to keep a diary

In 2013, designer Ryder Carroll created a flexible planning system that allows you to keep all your ideas and tasks in one place. This Bullet Journal is a hybrid of a diary, a habit tracker, a list of ideas and much more.

Ideal for Bullet Journal fit dotted notebook in A5 format: it is convenient to write, draw and draw in this one. But you can take any thick notebook.

Leave the first pages for the table of contents.


The next spread is a six-month plan. Use horizontal lines to divide the page into three sectors, in each of them write the name of the month.


Next is the plan for the month. On the page on the left, write down the dates and days of the week in a column, add events and meetings to the plan, the dates of which are already known. On the next page, indicate goals and plans that are not yet tied to specific days.


The next turn is reserved for daily affairs. Set a date, write down all the tasks in a column. The Bullet Journal has its own system designations:

  • dot (•) – task;
  • circle (°) – meeting or event;
  • dash (-) – note;
  • star
  • – urgent business;
daily affairs


You can also create lists and collections in Bullet Journal (for example, a list of books you want to read), keep a habit tracker or track expenses. Write down everything you want, draw, draw, fantasize, most importantly – do not forget to number the pages and add each section to the table of contents.


  • What are the advantages
  • The Bullet Journal is an undated diary that can be kept from any day. Or abandon it for a while and not worry that there will be empty pages that can be very demotivating.
  • It combines many functions and helps to organize different aspects of life.
  • The Bullet Journal has a table of contents that makes it easy to navigate your ideas and plans.

This planning system is very flexible, there are almost no rules. Therefore, it suits both minimalists and creative people.

  • What are the cons
  • For those who are accustomed to classic diaries, the system may seem too tricky. You need to remember the conventions, design the pages yourself, figure out how it all works.

For the “correct” Bullet Journal, you will need a notepad to the point, these are not sold everywhere.

How can I arrange

A wish list

How to keep a diary: “Autofocus”

How to keep a diary This technique

helps to pacify the chaos in business without much effort and not to lose important ideas.

Any notebook will do. In it, you need to write out all the tasks that come to mind. If any of them are tied to a specific date, mark it. When there are no urgent matters left, open your notebook and glance over the list, choosing those activities that your soul is now in. Completed items are crossed out. Pages without open tasks are marked with a cross.

Similarly, in flow mode, you can record ideas, dreams, plans, and more.

  • What are the advantages
  • Requires almost no time or effort. There is no need to categorize cases or use conventions.

“Autofocus” is suitable for moody people and chaotic natures who have difficulty planning.

  • What are the cons

Some ideas and things to do can get lost in such a large list. Especially if you have bad handwriting.

How can I arrange

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How to keep a diary: “The Muse and the Beast”


How to keep a diary

The system was invented by the artist Yana Frank, primarily for creative people and freelancers. That is, for those who have a lot of flexible creative tasks.

Each working hour is divided into blocks: 45 minutes for creative or intellectual work, and the rest of the time for routine activities. During this fifteen-minute period, it is better to engage in those tasks that do not require mental stress. If you work from home, you can wash the dishes or water the flowers. If in the office, sort the papers, make copies of the documents.

Yana also emphasizes that creative tasks must be planned, and as carefully as possible. So it will be easier to take them on and you will not waste time thinking about what you should do now. Not just “write an article”, but “Monday – looking for material, Tuesday – making a plan, Wednesday – writing a draft, Thursday – editing.” And so on.

It’s the same with routines: make a list of activities that you should devote time to daily, weekly and monthly, then write them down in a notebook.

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