Now that you have decided to keep a farm journal, you will need to decide what to keep it in. What tool should you use to record the things that you have learned?
First off, there is no one right answer to this question. We are all different, so it stands to reason that we will all have a different approach to keeping a journal. The key is to find the method that works best for you.
Until you figure out what that method is, you may have to experiment for a while. If you choose a method that doesn’t work well for you, do not give up on keeping a farm journal. Instead, persistently test other options until you find one that does work. The benefits will be well worth the initial frustration.
So what are some of the journal tools that you can try out? They fall into two basic categories:
- Journals on paper.
- Journals on a computer or similar device.
Each option has its own pros and cons. The main advantage of writing journal entries on paper is that the writing process has a way of cementing information in the brain. The main advantage of typing information onto a computer or other device is that it is incredibly quick and simple. Again, you will have to do a little experimentation to find out which option meets your needs.
Those of you who decide to go with a handwritten journal will need to decide on the right tool to use. Consider some of these options:
- A specially designed journal can be particularly easy to use if the inner pages are customized for your purpose.
- A nice-looking blank diary doubles as an attractive keepsake.
- A weekly planner could be converted into a journal.
- A composition notebook for students is simple and relatively inexpensive.
Computerized options are even more diverse. There are any number of electronic journals, calendar apps, word processors, and other programs out there that can be used to create and maintain a farm journal. Many of them are even free. Perhaps the best way to sort through the options is to take a look at the programs we already have and are familiar with. Can any of them be used to create a farm journal?
Remember, the key is to be willing to experiment. It may take us a little while to find the right farm journal, one that is both inexpensive and easy to use, one that just invites you to write in it. But there are plenty of options out there!
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