As tempting as it may be to say, “see you never, 2020,” we’re taking a moment to reflect on the year — and owning what we learned to do some *serious* manifesting ahead of 2021. One way to make it happen that’s not actual witchcraft? Mindful journals that allow you to put thoughts and feelings to paper.
We asked R29 readers to share what their intentions were as we head into 2021 and then compiled the most popular responses into a neat guide of helpful planners. We’re ringing in 2021 with a fresh perspective, renewed appreciation, and some dynamite goals and thought-starters that a journal can help capture and catapult into real life. (And trust us, you don’t need to be a “planner person” to upgrade from a crowded Notes app on your phone to the IRL thing.)
Whether you want to neutralize negativity vis-à-vis a gratitude practice or want to boost that bank account with healthy money habits, we’re kicking things off with a shortlist of healthy manifestations to get the party started. Ahead, find 22 journals that’ll inspire you to live your best life.
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Self-care Mindful Journals
It’s a term that you’ve probably heard more times last year than in your entire life thus far — “self-care.” However as much as brands may tell you that self-care is as simple as applying skin care while clad in a fluffy robe, the truth is that self-care looks different for everyone. Tap into your
own version of soul-nurturing “happy triggers” (as my therapist affectionately calls things like bike-riding and painting my nails, for me) with a mindful journal that allows you to begin or end any day on a high note.
Self-Care Master Plan
Free Period Press Self-Care Master Plan: A Guided Journal, $, available at Free Period Press
Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal
Insight Editions Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal, $, available at Urban Outfitters
“I tend to be reactive in my journaling, usually when I’m in a place of frustration rather than gratitude,” wrote one R29 reader. “[This year] has reminded me to take the time to write down the good things in my life, and hopefully have that positivity there when I need a reminder.” Another bonus to a gratitude practice? “I’m also hoping it can bleed into other areas of my life to increase my overall nature to be more focused on the positive than the things that can or have gone wrong — 2020, am I right?!”
The Five-Minute Journal
Intelligent Change The Five-Minute Journal, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Gratitude: A Journal
Catherine Price Gratitude: A Journal, $, available at Amazon
Alleyoop Grateful Set
Alleyoop Grateful Set, $, available at Alleyoop
Financial Health Planners
Whether it’s paying off student loans or saving up for a down payment, maybe you’re manifesting your most financially fit year yet in 2021. If you tend to find yourself wondering how your paycheck got spent (…again), foster healthy money habits with the help of these budget planners and trackers.
GoGirl Budget Planner
GoGirl Budget Tracker – Monthly Financial Planner, $, available at Amazon
Printable Financial Journal
PrettyPinkPlanners Printable Financial Journal, Budget Planner, $, available at Etsy
Calling all bookworms: If you spent 2020 devouring tomes like there was no tomorrow (which, at some low points, it may have seemed so), level up your reading habit by mindfully charting all your reads of the year in a journal that’s basically your Goodreads account come to life via a book itself. (Bonus points if you enlist friends to join you during a reading challenge.)
WildIrisCo Reading Passport, $, available at Etsy
Kate Chopin Literary Notebook
ObviousState Kate Chopin Literary Notebook, $, available at Etsy
Minted Plaid Framed Notebook
Minted plaid framed notebook, $, available at Minted
After what feels like the most chaotic year to date, we’re all likely ready to KonMari 2020’s flaming dumpster fire from our lives. Manifest your most on-top-of-your-sh*t year with an organization journal to keep everything in one place.
Weekly Layout Stencil
FunForYourPlanner Weekly layout stencil for Bullet journal and planner, $, available at Etsy
Bliss Collections Daily Planner with 50 Undated 8.5 x 11 Tear-Off Sheets, $, available at Amazon
Meal Prep Journals
If you relied on your Doordash account a little
too much this year, manifest your inner Ina by chronicling your favorite recipes in a recipe or meal prep journal.
Moleskine Recipe Journal
Moleskine Recipe Journal, $, available at Amazon
Meal Planner Notebook
HammondinkPaper Meal Planner Notebook – Meal Prep – Arrows, $, available at Etsy
“I want to be more social and push myself out of my comfort zone,” wrote in one R29 reader to our survey. With that in mind, make 2021 the year you dutifully pepper your social calendar with quarantine plans large and small; get coffee with your BFF, order in a sushi-and-sake pairing from your local spot to enjoy with friends via Zoom, or make a standing FaceTime date with your mom.
Papier Boho Rainbow 2021 Planner
Papier Boho Rainbow 2021 Planner, $, available at Papier
Best Year Yet Journal
Chronicle Books Best Year Yet Journal, $, available at Free People
Track your way to making dreams into reality (and learn to interpret the
other kind of dreams from your subconscious) with dream journals to tap into the inner workings of your brain.
Erin Condren Vision Journal Notebook
Erin Condren Vision Journal Notebook, $, available at Erin Condren
The Dreaming I: An Interactive Dream Journal
Kezia Vida The Dreaming I: An Interactive Dream Journal, $, available at Amazon
Knock Knock Dream Journal
Knock Knock Knock Knock Dream Journal, $, available at Amazon
Papier Colourblock Notebook
Papier Colourblock Notebook, $, available at Papier
Virtual workouts skyrocketed in popularity this past year, and if you really want to take things up a notch, a dedicated fitness journal will help you hone any home practice as you keep building up your strength in a measured, slow-and-steady-wins-the-race way.
Love Sweat Fitness 2021 Planner
Love Sweat Fitness 2021 Planner | Weekly and Monthly Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner
Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner, $, available at Amazon
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