D*I*Y Planner Journal Pages

Three different sets of journal pages. Lines are lighter and thinner than Notes pages, and certain ones have header space for drawings, quotes and photographs. Useful for journal writing, tracking business hours/tasks, dream diaries, and much more.

Note: This template has been replaced by the the Dynamic Templates

Usage advice: 

Please see the linked page for more information, and the downloads in both Classic and A5 formats.

Paper size: 
Classic and A5
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Syndicate content

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

22 Years of Keeping a Journal: An Overview


I open this Volume 5 of my diary or what I also call my journal some 21 years and three months after beginning its journey back in January 1984 just six months before I turned forty. I open this fifth volume of my diary because I have no more room in Volume 4. This latter volume, like the others, got filled to overflowing and there is no more room to include entries. These five volumes are found in eight two-ring binders and two arch-lever files. Three of these binders contain photographs with some commentary and one of the files contains comments on some of my dreams. I have made a periodic attempt to write a retrospective diary for the years 1844 to 1984, but thusfar the attempt has had limited success.

I will be 61 in three months and, as I indicated in my last volume, I have thusfar found other genres of writing more useful to my purposes than I have my dairy. In the twenty years I have taken an interest in diaries I have noted its popular use among the young, those in their late teens and twenties, and those going through menopause. I certainly noted some personal, idiosyncratic male menopause beginning in my fifties. Perhaps that is part of the raison d’etre for the many entries in the last 10 years. Suzette Henke describes how many diarists come to their diaries out of shattered lives, out of a need to relive their lives in terms of some dream, some myth, some endless story which they compose. This is not the case with me but, as my fifties wore on, I seemed to wear on, too; I seemed to lose some of life’s heat.

Perhaps what I experienced was conveyed by Shakespeare in sonnet 94: For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds. By the age of fifty I had certainly collected lots of deeds whose memories were not endearing. Perhaps by means of memoir, autobiography, poetry and diary I was trying to work some magic to reflect the self I wanted to be. Such was the case with the famous diarist Anais Nin. I don’t think it was the case with me, though there was some of Anais Nin’s aim in my own. As I saw it, I was simply trying to describe my life, not through defensive escape, not as a strategy to cope with traumatic personal history, although I had had trauma of different kinds and there was much in life I did not desire to take part in. As the years opened on this diary, in 1983/4, I began to find a talent, a gift, perhaps an unmerited grace, for writing. It had been a talent which had grown slowly with the years, first as a student, then as a teacher. It was in the sheer exercise of this gift and harnessing it to the service of a Cause I had been associated with for thirty years by 1983, that was my motivating base.

My diary became, in part, a textual testimony, a form of scriptotherapy, a testimonial, an episodic narrative, a form of defence and assertion, albeit partial and temporary. It became, along with the other genres of my writing, a form of living, a way of spending my time, my life, the way I wanted to. I’d like to make some comparisons of my work with the work of H.D. Thoreau before concluding this introduction.

Thoreau saw the destiny of America in terms of life in death. That has become a dominant feature of my writing as far back as the 1980s and I am confident that will be a strong part of the experience of many generations of the American pioneer-the Baha’i pioneer that is. There are times in this account when I focus on the inner self, my experiences, my community; there are other times when I focus on my society, the land, a more open perspective. I seem to be a more tolerant person than Thoreau, although I confess that by the time I retired at 55 I had begun to tire of people and conversations about the ordinarily ordinary. Like Thoreau, I rarely have the public in mind when I write, although I do have a future public in mind for I am very conscious of being in the first generation to respond to the need for pioneers, as expressed by the Universal House of Justice. There will be many generations of pioneers to come and by the time this is published(if it is) it could be well down the track of the generations. I still do not feel I have found the flow, the filling up of the springs, the raising of the streams of this journal, as Thoreau put it. The accummulating grists are really yet to be ground in the first 21 years of writing this journal. They may, in fact, never get ground, if poetry and narrative, essays and notes steal the material, take the stage and leave this diary-prose always waiting in the wings.

This Journal does have less concern for form than the poetry and for that reason there is potentially an easier flow, once the flow begins, at least a flow in a different direction to other genres I use. I have mentioned before that Thoreau has been invaluable but I still await the flow in this diary, a flow that has come to my 6000 poems upstream somewhere. In his last years, from the late 1850s to his death in 1862, Thoreau wrote with energy and control, but with little interest in getting into print. I hope this becomes true for my Journal, a repository of lots of energy and creativity.

There is a type of unity in death, thought Thoreau and we need to learn how to die in order to learn how to live. Part of this process, as far as the Journal is concerned, is the pleasure of serendipity. The only thing we leave behind, Thoreau thought, was ourselves. This Journal is just that: myself. It is as if one wants one’s leaves to survive, one’s autumnal hints and the reds, browns and golds of autumn.

Thoreau said that Emerson was more familiar with his work than he was. I’m sure, should this material ever be published, that there will be those who become more familiar with it than I. I lose touch with it as one often does with aspects of one’s life. Perhaps this is a way to develop friends in the next life and be ready to meet them when they, or rather I, arrive. I’ll follow that theme later. Thoreau said that the best growth in trees is in their old age, with harmony and regularity. He also said good deeds act as an encouragement to yourself, to your artistic pursuits, your writing. May I build up a niche of good deeds.

Diaries can track the contemporaneous flow of public and private events. They are not given all of a piece, all at once as in a book, such as a life history might be. But rather, they are written discontinuously, either daily or over longer intervals of time and as such provide a record of an ever-changing present. Other types of autobiographical texts or life documents such as letters, rather than documenting the present, tend towards making retrospective sense of a whole life or towards retelling significant moments, epiphanies or crystallizations of experience. This proximity to the present, the closeness between the experience and the record of experience means that there is the perception at least that diaries are less subject to the vagaries of memory, to retrospective censorship or reframing than other autobiographical accounts.

But in the case of some of my retrospective diary work this is not the case. For, when I write about events taking place forty years ago, I cannot rely on closeness to the event. I must rely on what Peter Braustein calls possessive memory. “Possessive memory,” writes Braustein in his history of the counter-culture, “leaves the person and his memories in a lover’s embrace. The person is in possession of his memories, and no one else can touch them; at the same time, his memories are in possession of him.” Braustein applies this idea to those activists in the sixties who experienced “a sense of self-generation so powerful that it (became) a constitutive part of (their) later identity.” Without going into the many contradictory views that have emerged in sixties studies, there is little doubt that I experienced several early stages of my own variety of activism through my involvement in the Baha’i Faith. I was 15 when the sixties started and 25 when they finished. My pioneering life began during those years and that “sense of self-generation” is still a part of my identity even now. Like many of the sixties generation, I felt as if I was an agent of history and I still do.

In writing my life story in the last years of my fifties and now early sixties, I came to realize more than I ever had before, perhaps for the first time in any full sense, that the success I had achieved in life grew not only from my own hard work and certain favorable circumstances of my environment, but from the foundation provided by my parents and my grandparents on my mother’s side. The journey of understanding, like the journey of life itself, is an emotional one that I have tried to write about with honesty and with a fresh eye for those primary relationships in my life: father-son, mother-son and grandfather-grandson, wife-husband, among several others I could possibly include.

Ron Price
April 25th 2005

Link not working

I'd love to see these journal pages, but the link says that I am not authorized.

Me too.

Me too.

Me too! and it has been

Me too! and it has been three years since the last post :)

I find this site invaluable for creating my first personal planner :D


If you visit the templates/Official templates/Classic-A5 add-ons, you will find this text:

If you've noticed a form here in the past that has disappeared, it's probably been finalised and included in an official release, so head on over to D*I*Y Planner 3.0 Classic/A5 Edition to get the latest version of all those templates.

I haven't double-checked, but I believe that the journaling pages are now included in the DIYP 3.0 main template pdfs. That's where you will find these pages. Try this link: Classic/A5 Templates HTH



One Page per Day - Daily Journal template
But the old templates are in the Creativity document.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***