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Create A Journal In Notion
Updated:
March 30, 2021

Create A Journal In Notion

Tutorial Time:
14 Minutes
Ravinder Deol

Table Of Contents

1. What Is Notion?

2. What Is Emojipedia?

3. What You'll Learn In This (No-Code) Tutorial

4. Create Your Notion Account

5. Creating A Table In Notion

6. Creating The Journal Template

7. Using Your Journal Template

8. Next Steps

What Is Notion?

Notion is an all-in-one workspace. It blends your everyday personal and professional apps into one. It's useful for your personal and professional life.

What Is Emojipedia?

Emojipedia is an emoji search engine. It offers a fast emoji search experience, allowing you to browse various emojis.‍

What You'll Learn In This (No-Code) Tutorial

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have created a template for journaling in Notion. You can use the template to start or build upon your journaling habit.

What You'll Learn In This (No-Code) Tutorial

Create Your Notion Account

Sign up for a Notion account (or log into your account).

If you're creating a new account, you can delete the recommended templates. In this project, we will be making a journal in Notion from scratch.

Creating A Table In Notion

To begin, set the style of your Notion. Click the ellipses in the top-right. And, select 'Mono' (or your preferred style).

Creating A Table In Notion (Step One)

Now, click 'Table'. Title it, 'Journal'.

Click the icon beside the page name (left-hand side panel), and locate the 'Memo' emoji. That emoji represents the journal.

Your table should have the following headings:

  • Column 1 - 'Entry'. And set the 'Property Type' to 'Title'.

  • Column 2 - 'Date'. And set the 'Property Type' to 'Date'.

  • Column 3 - 'Location'. And set the 'Property Type' to 'Text'.

  • Column 4 - 'Rating'. And set the 'Property Type' to 'Select'.

Creating A Table In Notion (Step Two)

Creating The Journal Template

Hover over the first-cell under 'Entry', and click 'Open' (open as a page).

As before, set the style of your Notion. Click the ellipses in the top-right. And, select 'Mono' (or your preferred style).

Let's complete the top half of the page.

  • Title - 'Ravinder's Journal: No.001'.

  • Date - Enter today's date.

  • Location - Enter your location.

  • Rating - You'll want to create a dropdown option where you can select a star rating. Hence, go-to Emojipedia and find the 'Star' emoji. Copy the emoji. Then, go to Notion and paste it into 'Rating' and click 'Create'. Repeat the same process until you create a one to five-star rating. To change the colour of a rating, hover over a star rating and click the ellipses. Then, change the colour according to your preference.

Creating The Journal Template (Step One)

Let's complete the bottom half of the page.

Press the forward-slash on your keyboard, then select 'Callout'.

Enter, 'Morning'. And change the emoji to the sun.

To change the colour of the callout, hover over the ellipses. Then, hover over 'Colour' and change the background colour to your preference.

Creating The Journal Template (Step Two)

Now, hover over the callout. Click the ellipses, and select 'Duplicate'.

For the new callout, change the text to 'Evening'. And the emoji to a moon.

Creating The Journal Template (Step Three)

Under 'Morning', press the forward-slash, then select 'H3 Title'.

For the text, enter 'What Am I Grateful For?'.

Create a second prompt under the morning. Press the forward-slash, then select 'H3 Title'. And, for the text, enter 'How Can I Make Today Great?'.

Drag to place the prompts beside each other.

Under each heading, press the forward-slash, then select 'Divider'.

Under each prompt, create a numbered list from one to three.

Creating The Journal Template (Step Four)

Under 'Evening', press the forward-slash, then select 'H3 Title'.

For the text, enter 'What Great Things Happened?'.

Create a second prompt under the evening. Press the forward-slash, then select 'H3 Title'. And, for the text, enter 'How Can I Improve Tomorrow?'.

Repeat the same process as for 'Morning'. Place the prompts side-by-side, place dividers underneath each of the headers, and create a numbered list.

Creating The Journal Template (Step Five)

Using Your Journal Template

When using your journal, you'll increment the 'Title' each day. You'll change the 'Date' according to your entry, similarly with the 'Location'. And, in the evening, you'll 'Rate' your day from one to five.

In the morning, you'll write three things you're grateful for. And, three things you can do to make your day splendid.

In the evening, you'll write three great things that happened. And, three things you can improve upon tomorrow.

If you navigate to the 'Journal' page, you'll have a snapshot of each entry.

Using Your Journal Template

To create a new entry, hover over a previous entry, click the ellipses and select 'Duplicate'. Then, you can drag it to the top, open it, and begin your entry.

Next Steps

Congratulations on completing this tutorial. Now, why not challenge your capabilities? Try implementing one of the suggestions below. Or try your own.

  • Add more questions into your journal.

  • Edit the styling of your journal in Notion.

  • Change the format of your journal in Notion.
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