One of the great things about journaling is you don’t need much to get started. Any old pen and paper (or keyboard and word processor) will suffice. If you are a total stationery enthusiast like me, however, you might find that choosing your notebook is an important part of the journaling ritual*. If so, look no further than this list of journals that will inspire you to get writing:
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The Potter Q&A a Day* is a lovely journal that asks a question each day. Some of these are day-specific, some of them are broader, more abstract questions. Each question page has five spaces to answer (one for each year) so you can see how your responses change over time. Other journals in the series include Q&A a day for couples, mothers, and teenagers.
I mentioned in the bullet journaling 101 series last month this is my new favourite journal and that hasn’t changed. The Leuchtturm 1917* comes with several journaling-friendly features I love. These include a table of contents and an archive sticker so you can label the spine of your journal ready for storage when you’re finished. The journals are great quality, have lovely pages and come in different sizes, colours and papers.
The Moleskine journal* has become somewhat of a cliché, but that’s because they are great for writing! Although the Leuchtturm has overtaken the Moleskine as my go-to journal now, I still love these notebooks for their simplicity and great page texture and thickness.
Daily Greatness Planners* differ from the previous journals in this post in that they are structured to help you plan and keep track of specific projects and goals. I’ve used the Daily Greatness Business Planner for the last couple of years and have recommended it to more clients and colleagues than I can count. Daily Greatness also has a general planner, a yoga journal, a training journal and—one I’m eyeing up for the near future—a Parent’s journal.
This is similar to the Potter Q&A a day journal, except instead of answering a question each day, you can write about whatever you want*. I found a version of this journal in Tiger for £3 and have been using it to keep track of the days as my daughter grows (the small, meaningful details of which tend to get lost if I don’t record them). It takes a couple of minutes at the end of each day and is a lovely way to reflect on the things I’ve done and want to remember.
6. Muji blank journals
I mentioned I love Muji notebooks in the bullet journaling 101 series, and their blank notebooks are a favourite of mine (Although I am generally pretty minimalist, I’ve managed to amass enough of these to last me a decade). They are cheap, last for ages and are great for carrying around for journaling on the go. The only issue I’ve run into is the page quality isn’t great so if you’re using a fountain or gel pen, you’ll get some bleed through onto the next page.
These are general notebooks rather than dedicated journals, but their cover designs are gorgeous. If you know you are more likely to use a journal that’s aesthetically pleasing, Nikki Strange notebooks tick that box.
8. ??? (Make your own!)
I believe the practice of journaling is whatever you want it to be, so why not create your own journal too? Making your own notebook is a fun but fairly straightforward creative project. If you’re feeling crafty, give it a try and add a personal touch to your next journal.
Here are two tutorials to get you started:
What are your favourite notebooks? Leave a comment and share your recommendations!
P.S. If you want to add extra techniques, tips and prompts to your journaling toolbox, check out The Ultimate Guide to Journaling*, which is available now in ebook, audiobook and paperback.