There are different ways to record your thoughts and keep them organized. Some people prefer the classic notebook which can get as fancy as you want. It can be leather bound, spiral-bound, as small as a notepad, a paper napkin, you could even use post-it-notes. Others prefer to use laptops, desktops, smartphones, or tablets. You can buy programs for the purpose, or it can be as simple as using Wordpad on your Windows machine. Here is a look at the benefits and detriments to each of the journal types.