Our 8 favorite journals for 2020

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Journaling’s popularity continues to grow.  In this digital age, increasing numbers of people are finding that for scribbling ideas, boosting creativity and targeted reflections there’s no better tool than the pen and paper. 


This is Business Optimizer’s pick of our favorite journals for 2020.

#1. Daily Greatness

If you are serious are being organized, the Daily Greatness journal is a great choice.  Not only does it give you room to organize your schedule and your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly tasks, it gives you room to organise your creative thoughts, reflections and gratitude too!


#2. Saville Row Diary in Harris Tweed

For a more freestyle approach, how about this traditional A5-size week-to-page diary?  It features a gorgeous cover in soft Italian leather and beautiful Harris Tweed.  The feel of this soft, Scottish woven fabric makes the Saville Row journal a classic inside and out.


#3. Poetry in Bloom Mini Diary by Paperblanks

Pocket size perfection!  With a week per two-page spread and at just 14cm x 9.5cm, this diary easily slips into your pocket or bag.  It is the cover that really makes this journal special.  The design is reproduced from an original binding used for The Sensitive Plant and Early Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley originally crafted by Riviere and Son.


#4. Happy Self Journal

This A5 journal has been created especially for children between the ages of six and twelve.  Each journal covers three months during which their young owners are encouraged to express gratitude, reflect on their emotions and think about their actions.  Its creators say it promotes happiness, develops healthy habits for life and nurtures enquiring minds.


#5. The Original Bullet Journal by Leuchtturm

We’ve looked at the rise of bullet journaling many times here on Business Optimizer.  If you’re a fan of the productivity technique, this Leuchtturm journal has to be the go-to journal for you.  This is the Original Bullet Journal, as designed by Ryder Carroll.


#6. The Faber & Faber Poetry Journal

The Faber poetry list was originally founded in the 1920s and was shaped by the taste of T.S. Eliot, its guiding light for nearly forty years.  The list continues to grow with the addition of generations of leading poets.  Their works are featured in this diary – to give words of inspiration throughout the year.


#7. Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal

Lori Deschene founded TinyBuddha.com to help us recognize life’s small blessings.  Now this eponymous journal has been designed to encourage journalers to creatively foster gratitude in their daily lives.


 #8. Moleskine Passion Travel Journals

Moleskine’s range of “passion” journals are oriented around the things we love.  The travel journal, for example, helps users reflect on past trips and plan the next one.  It features sections for checklists, calendars, travel information, budget and trip planners, memorable moments and more.