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Journaling template

A structured process for capturing and recording experiences

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Use this customizable template to capture, record, and organize personal experiences and reflections in a variety of formats. However you choose to build it, keeping a journal is a great way to record important experiences, insights, or information that you can reference and analyze later, whether on your own or with a group.

This LUMA System™ template for journaling makes it easy to collaboratively record an experience with others, so you can focus on recording what you want to remember. Use Mural’s intuitive tools to add images, text, sticky notes, GIFs, and more to the canvas, and share your experiences and insights quickly and easily.

The journaling template helps you:

  • Capture your thoughts and ideas in a variety of formats, all within an infinite canvas that updates across your devices in real time
  • Organize your content into themes or categories using features like color coding, tags, and filters
  • Share your ideas with your team, with unlimited visitors included with every Mural membership (including Free accounts)

How to use the journaling template

To make the most of the Mural journaling template, choose a central topic or subject area that you’d like to explore, and record your experiences with that topic.

Step 1: Define your focus

To get started, it’s helpful to have a clear idea of the focus of your study. This will not only keep the central theme clear as you add content, but also help highlight connections or concepts that may be connected, allowing for further analysis.

Step 2: Choose a note-taking approach that fits your focus

Once you’ve defined your central theme, choose the best approach for note taking that fits your area of study. This could take the form of a Rose, Thorn, Bud framework, or one where you record your ideas based on sentiment or feedback. (You can also keep it simple and just add sticky notes, and organize them later using tags and filters.)

Step 3: Record your experiences

Add content by uploading or adding photos, GIFS, links, and more, or use sticky notes and drawing features to record your experiences. Add as much as you’d like — with Mural’s infinite canvas, you’ll never run out of space!

Tips for using the Mural journaling template

  • Try using the template to collect qualitative research with study subjects on their experience
  • Follow up with participants to clarify and understand what they recorded in the template
  • Use tools like grouping and organizing to quickly filter content by type, helping you identify themes or patterns
  • Access your journal from anywhere using your desktop computer or the Mural iOS and Android apps
  • Safely and securely share your work to add collaborators and create a shared record of your experiences

How to create a Journaling template

Mural makes it easy to capture and organize your ideas

Mural’s features and tools allow you to ideate, analyze, and organize, all within a single platform.
Sticky notes & text

Sticky notes & text

Add ideas, action items, and more as a sticky note or text box — then change the colors and cluster to identify patterns and new solutions.



Visualize ideas, prototype, and quickly annotate for a better-than-a-whiteboard experience.

Icons, GIFs, & images

Icons, GIFs, & images

Express complex ideas visually or lead an engaging team-building activity with Noun Project, GIPHY, and Unsplash integrations.

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Choose the right canvas for your collaboration goals — flexibility without limits.

Find & filter

Find & filter

Search and filter by color, last edited by, and more to unlock patterns and enhance visual collaboration.

Tags on sticky notes

Tags on sticky notes

Customizable labels make it easy to find, organize, and categorize your work in a mural.

Journaling template frequently asked questions

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Template by LUMA Institute


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