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Best Journals to Buy
By Becky Mollenkamp, PCC
Do you love journaling as much as I do? It’s an exercise I ask all of my mindset coaching clients to use because I know how powerful it can be in helping you dig deep and make big changes.
In this post, I want to share some of the best journals to buy to help you achieve your goals. These are all paper journals made for women by women. There are a bunch of options because you need to find what works best for you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so look at the pictures and maybe even try a few out to find the one that best suits your needs.
Want to know more about how journaling can help you find success, or how to do it well? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Journaling for Small Business Owners for all of that and more.
If you prefer to use your daily planner as a spot for journaling, don’t miss my roundup of the best 2020 planners made for women business owners by creative women!
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Feminist Agenda ($18) is a 5.5″ by 8.5″ notebook that includes a lined, blank, or grid interior for journaling, note-taking, sketching, and all your creative and organizational needs. Finished with chic rounded corners and a clear protective cover. You can even customize the front and interior cover with your name and/or photos.
Learn more/order: Minted.com (search for “Feminist Agenda”)
Softbound Notebooks from Erin Condren ($14) are so beautiful that you’ll feel inspired to write in them. They lay flat, are durable, and come with either lined or dot grid notes pages. There are eight pretty covers to choose from (the “Oh So Retro” design below is my favorite). You can add hand-pressed personalization in rose gold, gold or platinum for a few extra bucks (to include your name or the year so you can easily find your old notes later).
Learn more/order: ErinCondren.com
The SELF Journal from BestSelf ($31.99) is part journal, part planner. It’s a 13-week planning, productivity, and positivity system for inevitable goal success. It includes space for goal setting, undated monthly overview and weekly planning sheets, and an area for daily tracking of your goals. Backed by science and success psychology, this little journal packs a powerful punch in helping you reach your three biggest goals.
Learn more/order: BestSelf.co
The Daily Peace Journal from Shelly Planner ($10) is a 5×8 paper journal that includes 3 months of journaling spaces. Each daily entry space has an area to clear your mind/brain dump, a “Top 3” list to write down your daily focus, an area to record what you are thankful for, and finally, a space to write your favorite memory of the day. This journal is easy-to-use and is designed to reduce the noise in your brain. It’s perfect for people who want a simple set of prompts to use each day rather than having lots of blank space staring at them.
Learn more/order: AshleyShelly.com
The Hardcover Journal ($19) is perfect for bullet journaling, taking notes, or brainstorming ideas. The paper is thick so pens write smoothly with no bleed through, and the book lies flat. There are four color-coded sections so you can use this to organize ideas for four different subjects or for each quarter of the year. It has full-color grid lines (a different color for each section) to help with bullet journaling. Speaking of, your purchase includes access to free bullet journal downloads to help you customize the journal even more (prayer journal, pregnancy journal, goal setting journal, etc.)..
Learn more/order: InkWELLPress.com
The Commit 30 Fitness Journal ($29.99) is a compact journal that will help you focus on movement, nutrition, mindfulness, and motivation—one day at a time. Set up in a similar fashion to a planner (but this is undated), it includes monthly calendars, weekly layouts, 30-day challenges, meal planning sections, exercise tracking, and more. With customizable rows to track anything from steps or miles, to carbs or weight, this is the tool you’ve been waiting for to help you reach your fitness and wellness goals.
Learn more/order: Commit30.com
The Dailygreatness Notebook ($19.95) is a blank, hardcover notebook that includes 130 pages of wood-free paper perfect and a lie-flat design. It provides unlimited space to facilitate personal growth through free writing, journaling, mind mapping or brain dumps. There are three different cover designs. This is a great option for anyone who likes having nothing but blank space so they can fill the pages in whatever way they want (writing, art, mementoes, etc.).
Learn more/order: Dailygreatness.com
The Ponderlily Travel Journal (£18 GBP) includes a world map so you can record places you’ve been to and want to explore, a Wanderlist to note people to meet and things to try, and space for keepsakes and memories. Use the 80-page journal to plan your next dream vacation, plan your stay more mindfully, experience purposeful living as you explore the world, and celebrate every step of the way. And it has a beautiful vegan leather cover, eco-friendly recycled paper, and vegetable-based inks, so it’s perfect for anyone who is concerned about the environment. This is a UK-based company, so it’s a great option for folks who don’t want to pay hefty shipping for U.S. products.
Learn more/order: Ponderlily.com
The Write the Word Journal ($24) you right into the Bible without the fluff. You write out the pre-selected scripture and feel your faith grow—no perfection required! This journal for Christians will have you giving thanks, singing with joy, and dancing because you’ll be digging into what the Bible says about worship.It includes 66 unique verses over 143 pages (undated, so you can use this journal on your own schedule!). There’s also a special space to choose a Word for the Day. It’s a small, portable size (5.5×8.5 inches), has a vegan leather cover, and includes a satin bookmark to hold your place.
Learn more/order: CultivateWhatMatters.com
There you have it! My roundup of the best journals to buy. I hope you find one you love! If you found this post useful, please share it with your friends and on social media. Help me spread the love for these amazing women who are making beautiful products to help all of us get things out of our brains and onto paper.