Difference Between A Journal And A Notebook

"I just bought a journal so I can start tracking my weight loss journey."

"I need a notebook to keep track of everything I need to get done around the house."

Have you ever said something like this to yourself? 

I know we have used the words "journal," "notebook," and "planner" interchangeably but there is actually a difference between them based on their use.

A journal is for journaling. It is usually in a perfect bound paperback format and may include a strap. The purpose is to jot your thoughts, feelings or ideas.

A notebook is for note taking. It usually comes spiral bound to make it easier to take notes quickly.

A planner is used to plan and organize major events or to get things done on a daily basis. Common planners can include monthly, weekly and daily pages, to do lists, and even special pages such as habit trackers.

Sometimes they can be combined, such as a planner notebook, based on its function and purpose.

So now that you know the difference which one do you use the most: a journal, notebook or planner?


  • Kim on

    This was so helpful! I’ve become a notebook girl over the years. I love the simplicity.


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