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    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!

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    2. A journal that'll take on a new, ironic shape amidst a COVID-19 outbreak. I Am Very Busy? Yes, I'm sure you are.

    Barnes & Noble

    Promising review: "I bought this note book for my 11-year-old granddaughter's birthday. Actually, I think it was one of the best gifts she received (according to her). So, along with a book gift card and a book light, she was ecstatic." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.

    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.)

    Barnes & Noble

    The prompts include "list the things that get you out of your head" and "list the best choices you have made in your life so far."

    Promising review: "Wonderful guided journal! Bought one for myself and my friends. The prompts are very simple, but they really get you thinking. Great starting place if you want to get into journaling." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.95.

    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.

    Barnes & Noble

    144 pages of bliss. Charts and infographics at every turn!

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.95.

    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?

    Barnes & Noble

    Your ink will not bleed through the pages at all — we promise.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $7.

    6. A very fruity Poketo object notebook so you can be very explicit about the fact that you are investing in your health.


    Promising review: "I sketch photo layouts on the Object Notebook’s blank pages, which makes my photoshoots efficient and productive." —Emily Suzanne McDonald

    Get it from Poketo for $24.

    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.

    Office Depot

    Promising review: "I have bought Mead brand Composition Books for years. They are excellent for the kids going back to school. But I also use them around the house for taking notes and for writing down newly created recipes in the kitchen. They don't take up much space on the kitchen counter and at this time of the year, you can't beat the price. Mead is the only brand for me." —Amonce

    Get it from Office Depot for $4.89.

    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!

    Baron Fig

    Get it from Baron Fig for $18 (available in six colors, three sizes, and your choice of ruled, black, or dot-grid paper).

    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.

    Barnes & Noble

    Each notebook has 96 pages.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95 (for two; available in 11 colors).

    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.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95 (available in 17 colors and your choice of blank, dot, graph, or lined paper).

    11. A slim, lined Muji notebook because maybe it's the Japanese brand's calming minimalism that's going to get you through this.'s a lifestyle.


    There are only 40 sheets in each. Let this be an exercise in brevity. Become a person who does not operate in stream of consciousness at all times!

    Get it from Muji for $2.90.

    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.

    Public Supply

    Get it from Public Supply for $16 (available in 11 colors, dot or ruled).

    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.


    The calming neutral shades! Each includes 192 pages for you to write and doodle your heart out on.

    Promising review: "This is the third time I have ordered one of these journals, and the second that I have ordered a monogrammed journal. I find these to be excellent journals. Fountain pens flow almost effortlessly across the page." —Joshua K

    Get it from Shinola for $24 (available in blue and grey).

    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.

    Chronicle Books

    15. Or a flashy gold-foil celestial version if you've forgotten what the night sky looks like.

    Chronicle Books

    Get it from Chronicle Books for $16.95.

    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.

    Need Supply

    You get one pink and one black notebook. An exclusive collaboration between Need Supply and Delfonics!

    Get it from Need Supply for $18.

    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.


    Every page (32 i total) is unlined so you can go wild. Good opp to practice writing in a straight line.

    Get it from Kiriko for $6.

    18. And a "travel" journal to record every single detail of your jog around the neighborhood or the exotic canned goods you've aqcuired.

    Chronicle Books

    Get it from Chronicle Books for $16.95.

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