If you’re prolific enough, you may end up with a stash of journals you don’t know what to do with. Of course, you don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to.
You can keep them, save them, or trash them – it’s up to you. So here are several ideas to get your creative juices flowing about what to do with your completed journals.
Keep As a Record of Your Life and Progress
You can always keep your completed journals as a record of your life and progress. Keeping this record of your life allows you to monitor your growth and see how far you’ve come. In addition, they will make a good reference point in the future, should you ever need to look back on something.
Review and Reflect on Your Entries
Another option is to review and reflect on your entries after you’ve finished the journal. This can be a great way to learn from your past experiences and see what worked well for you and didn’t. In addition, it enables you to identify patterns in your behavior or thoughts.
Use as a Prompt for Future Journals
You may also use your completed diaries as a stimulus for future writings. This might be an excellent method to sustain the writing habit and provide you with fresh ideas and themes to write about.
Give to Someone Else
You may give your completed journal to someone else if you are unsure what to do with it. This can be an excellent method to share your stories with someone and assist them on their path.
Destroy or Discard
You may also choose to erase or trash your diary after you’ve finished using it. This is an acceptable option if you don’t want anyone else reading it or don’t want to keep it. Just ensure you’re doing it for the right reasons and not out of embarrassment or guilt.
Index Them for Future Use
If you want to keep your journals but don’t necessarily want them taking up space on your shelves, you can index them for future use. This means creating a system where you can quickly and easily find specific entries based on keywords or topics. You can then refer to these entries without having to page through the entire journal.
Use Them to Help You Write a Memoir
If you’re particularly reflective, you may want to use your journals to help you write a memoir. Memoirs allow you to share your story with others and leave a lasting legacy. Just be sure that you’re ready to share such personal information before you start writing.
Expand On Different Parts of Them
If there are specific entries in your journal that you find particularly interesting or insightful, you may want to expand on them in a separate writing project. This could be a great way to explore your thoughts and feelings in greater depth.
As you decide what to do with your completed journals, consider all the factors. For example, if something is damaging to yourself or others in the journals, shred them, but if there is uplifting information that others might need someday, save them for prosperity.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.