Micro Journaling: The Pros and Cons

The pros and cons of micro journaling depend on your style and what you want to accomplish.


In her younger days, Jodi Elliott says she spent hours writing in Moleskin journals. But demands on her time changed that. “I loved to journal, but it’s just not something that fits into my life at this moment.”


So, what pros and cons should you consider?



  • Micro journalers make entries short and to the point. Entries might say something as long as, “Visited my parents at the lake,” or as short as, “Mike’s Hawaiian shirt!”
  • Micro journaling teaches you how to get the most out of the fewest words. “Mike’s Hawaiian shirt,” will mean something to you, like, “Mike wore that goofy Hawaiian shirt that shows off the sense of humor that caught my attention in the first place.”
  • You can do it just about anywhere and just about any time. All you need is a few minutes.
  • You don’t need much in the way of supplies. Your smartphone or even a pad of Post-it Notes and a pen will get the job done.


  • You can’t spill your guts onto the page or follow your muse. Micro journaling uses short phrases and sentences that pop.
  • You don’t get to sink into the beauty of the journal cover, the smell of the ink, or the feel of pen on paper.

Give micro journaling a try. You can always switch or write long entries when you have the time or need. It’s all about what works
for you!

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