6 Creative Ideas To Make Your Daily Planner More Interesting

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Have you ever considered how cool it would be to look back on a journal of your life from the past?

What were you worried about back then?

What did you want in life?

Wondering how to make your diary interesting?

Well, it’s time to stop writing the normal boring to-dos and actually write down how you feel about life, so you can look back on it later.

Getting in the habit of writing your life down every single day can make a huge difference.

The Getting Things Done planner will help you with this, as it has plenty of room to write your to-dos, and space for self-care exercises, tracking your spendings, meal prep, and more. (Use code GET20 to get 20% off, limited time only)

1. Your unconscious thoughts

You don’t have to be the most creative person in the world to be able to write a journal, but writing down your thoughts and experiences each day can encourage your creative juices to flow.

It is said the best technique is to ‘write without thinking’, letting ideas and thoughts you didn’t even know you had come out onto the page. You could find yourself writing page after page without even realizing.

Plus it’s your journal, so it doesn’t need to make perfect sense to anyone but you.

2. Your self-care rituals

With the Getting Things Done planner you can write about your day on the left-hand-side and fill in your personal notes, meals and exercises on the right-hand side.

This builds up a big picture of who you are right now, and in the future when you come to read it you can even see how much you were spending, what kind of food you ate and what you cared most about.

3. Quiz yourself 

Write five different questions down at the start of every day.

What’s your favorite movie?

What are you looking forward to in the next few weeks?

Anything you can think of that will give you pause to think about who you are and what’s important to you is worth going in your planner.

You can start the day with broad questions like “What did I overcome today?” or “How did I deal with negativity today?” and then answer them at the end of the day, which encourages you to check in with your planner twice.

4. Memories of the day 

Write a small list of your best memories of the day.

Something that you’d usually forget, a compliment you received, a piece of work you did particularly well, in life we always forget about the little things – here’s your perfect chance to write down all those little memories and when you look back on them, realize how many good things happen every single day.

5. Get arty with it 

Have a look at some inspiration to make your daily pages stand out a little bit more, Journal Sanctuary on Instagram will make you want to be more creative with your daily planner and cut and paste different things to create a different theme for each day.

You can use tape, stickers, drawings, and pictures from magazines to create a spread. You can even use different colors for different seasons.

For something like this, it’s better to keep your planner for the weekends.

Grab a notebook for your daily to-dos. Use a special planner to create a book filled with memories that you’ll always want to look back on.

6. An inspiration page 

Use this page to write down the songs you’ve got stuck in your head.

The things you’ve watched and loved, the news articles that have caught your eye, the outfits you wear every day.

It all seems so trivial in the moment, but in five or ten years, looking back on these memories will make you smile.

It builds up a picture of who you are and where you are right now in life. And thinking even further into the future, imagine how nice it will be when you’re older to look back on your youth.

Do you keep a life journal or write creatively in your planner? Share some inspiration with me in the comments below…



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  1. I’ve been keeping journals since 2015 so this post is very much needed and applicable! I do like keeping it creative and “artsy” but I’m not a big fan of overdoing it. I’ll be saving this though, thank you! x

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

  2. Absolutely adore the approach to unconscious thoughts. I think getting in touch with our negative emotions and how they hold us back from making progress is the first step to being more confident, and therefore more productive. Great advice, thanks.

  3. I like the Quiz yourself and Memories of the day ideas you shared. It helps us to notice more of the good in a day. Stickers that say ‘good job’ or writing down small wins for the day also help us celebrate even the small victories in life. For example, just recently, I swam a whole 25m lap in Freestyle. In my journal, I drew myself a blue ribbon to remember that small victory. :-)

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