18 Journals For People Who Usually Don't Journal
Nevermind whether you're a "journal person." A decade from now you'll want to retell the story of how you made it through a global pandemic.
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1. A Five-Year journal that asks you one question every day for a year. Four years down the road, you'll answer the same questions and see how much progress you've made. Maybe today you're eating pinto beans straight from the can while wearing latex gloves, but four years from today, you'll be sitting down at your favorite Mexican restaurant for a fajita. Imagine!
2. A Ban.do journal that'll take on a new, ironic shape amidst a COVID-19 outbreak. I Am Very Busy? Yes, I'm sure you are.
3. A happiness journal filled with 52 prompts that ask you to list out things and unearth the positivity and optimism you've been searching for during this challenging time. (Because watching a viral clip of celebrities singing "Imagine" unfortunately did not do this for you.)
4. A Princeton Architectural Press Grids & Guides notebook for the visual thinker that's late to the bullet-journal party. This is the time to explore trends you've been sleeping on for years. Decades, even. I, for example, am finally watching Lost.
5. Or, a faux-leather version that'll make you think, wait, am I...the next Great American Novelist? Is it I who must lead our country into the next chapter with my powerful prose and cultural commentary?
6. A very fruity Poketo object notebook so you can be very explicit about the fact that you are investing in your health.
7. A composition notebook that'll take you back to the year 1996 when you first saw Harriet the Spy in theaters. It was a different time. Movie theaters were still open. Michelle Trachtenberg was the only person who mattered. You hadn't taken a Chem class yet.
8. Baron Fig, the Casper of notebooks (it's millennial-core and enables you to never leave your home!) for some quality pages that won't degrade over the years. Unlike the rest of our planet!
9. A Moleskine Volant journal, because I think the stationery world is in full agreement — when in doubt, go with Moleskine, the quintessential starter brand for journaling.
10. A Leuchtturm1917 pocket notebook with tons of hidden bells and whistles. Including, but not limited to: An elastic enclosure band, so pages don't get get creased and folded up while you're on the go. And by "on the go," I, of course, mean your commute from bed to living room couch.
11. A slim, lined Muji notebook because maybe it's the Japanese brand's calming minimalism that's going to get you through this. Muji...it's a lifestyle.
12. A Public Supply notebook for the design-minded folks who prefer a no-frills option that lets their mastery of the written word do all the talking.
13. A soft-linen journal with completely US-sourced, sustainable materials so you can feel like you're doing something, as small as the gesture may seem, to help rebuild the world right now.
14. A "One Line A Day" journal that only requires of you — say it with me — one line a day. Who has the time to write a full entry every day, anyway? Sorry, getting word right now that we all do.
16. A set of staple-bound, grid-lined Rollbahn notebooks if you're like, enough with the positive messaging and wacky prompts and to-do boxes to check! Let me live my life on my own terms.
17. A Katazome papercut print-inspired notebook if your number one priority is having a good lookin' piece of stationery to make you feel like you're not quarantined — you're just extending your stay at the Grand Budapest Hotel.
18. And a "travel" journal to record every single detail of your jog around the neighborhood or the exotic canned goods you've aqcuired.
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