Diary vs Journal – I always interchange the two – ROJoson

Revisit – Repetition for Reinforcement of Learning

I always interchange the usage of the words “diary” and “journal” up to now – December 3, 2021; May 8, 2022

DAIRY vs JOURNAL

  • A diary is a book to record events as they happen.
  • A journal is a book used to explore ideas that take shape.

The main difference between journal and diary is that a journal is a personal record where you can pen your thoughts, observations, and experiences, while a diary is a book where you note down important things to keep track of them. Journals and diaries are books where you can keep a record of events and experiences.

There may be overlaps.

To Do List = DIARY (things to do list – TTD)

List of Things Done = DIARY

Thoughts and Reflections = JOURNAL [to include sporadic notes on observation and experiences; problem-based learning notes; thoughts, perceptions, opinions and recommendations (TPORs)]

(22may8)




I always interchange the usage of the words “diary” and “journal” up to now – December 3, 2021.

Diary and journal are supposed to be different.

A diary is a book to record events as they happen. A journal is a book used to explore ideas that take shape.

A diary is mainly used to write things you would like to remember – daily activities, how the day was spent, what was done, the daily routine and anything that needs to get done. A personal journal is a record of significant experiences. It is much more personal than a diary.

Example of diary entries:

12dec3

0730H

  • Woke up
  • Talked to God briefly – offering this day to Him.
  • Walking exercise with 3 decades of rosary
  • Gardening, garage cleaning, parole placements and Christmas wreath fixation
  • Bath
  • Got water from attic

1000H

  • Breakfast with wife
  • Tea preparation and experimentation with oregano

1100H

  • Cut toe nails
  • Read Chapter 3 of St. Lukes

etc.

Example of journal entries:

12dec3

I thought of some refinements in my morning talk to God.

Do I thank God for making me wake up in the morning still alive? Or just say, Lord, I am ready to again today to love and serve you. In omnibus, amare et selvere Domino.

I offer you this day again, Lord.

I will carry you my crosses today again.

I will strive and continue to strive to be a saint today. I will strive and continue to strive to be holier today.

Come Holy Spirit, continue to enlighten and support me.
Come Mama Mary, continue to support and intercede for me.

I will resolve to remember the difference between “diary” and “journal.” To assist me in remembering, I will remember the pocket diary book that I had always carried with me before the COVID19 pandemic where I jotted down the things that I had to do on a day to day basis and the appointments that I had. So, I will try to recall this pocket book and what it is called “pocket diary book” to help me choose the right word to use. As an add-on to assist me, diary is a record of day-to-day or daily events. Will use the first letter “D” as a hint to “daily events.” Journal? Will try to equate it the journals of writings that I have been used to as a physician. “Journal” should contain my lengthy writings on my thoughts, perceptions, opinions and recommendations (my TPORs). That’s it. I hope that from this day onward, I will not wrongly interchange the usage of these two words.

Come to think of it, this piece of an article that I am writing now is classified under “journal.”

ROJ@21dec3

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