Whether your resolutions for 2019 include getting more organized or starting to focus on the positive things in your life, journaling can always help: just ask Oprah Winfrey.
“Sixteen years ago I started a gratitude journal, and I believe it was the single most important thing I’ve ever done,” Winfrey has previously said. “Every day, for years now, I’ve written down five things to be grateful for.”
While journaling might seem daunting to start at first, scientific studies show that writing in a journal has health benefits, from reducing anxiety to actually boosting your immune system. The best part about journaling is that it can be anything you want it to be: keep it traditional with diary-like entries, get artsy with a bullet journal (meant to record anything and everything in your life, from water intake to recipes), or just jot down your daily plans.
The first step (and arguably the hardest!) is picking the perfect journal to meet your needs. We’ve done the work for you and roundup the best journals and planners on Amazon right now. Happy journaling!
Best Gratitude Journals
These journals can help you get started on your gratitude journey, or help you self explore. Some offer prompts and inspirational quotes, and others leave the pages blank for you to fill with your own personal reflections.
Buy It! Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self Exploration, $9.60 (orig. $16); amazon.com
Buy It! Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal, $5.70 (orig. $6.99); amazon.com
Buy It! One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book, $9.99 (orig. 16.95); amazon.com
Best Ruled Journals
Sometimes all we’re looking for in the new year is some more structure: start with these raved about ruled journals to jot down your dreams, plans, and daily musings.
Buy It! Moleskine Hard Cover Notebook, $11.89 (orig. 19.95); amazon.com
Buy It! Lemome Thick Classic Notebook with Pen Loop, $15.99 (orig. $25.99); amazon.com
Buy It! Celestial Journal, $11.69 (orig. $12.99); amazon.com
Best Bullet Journals
Bullet journaling can help you self reflect in a creative way. Keep track of everything, from your to-do lists, monthly goals, food diary, and more by creating your own layouts and page system.
Buy It! Leuchtturm Hardcover Dotted Notebook, $15.96 (orig. $18.95); amazon.com
Buy It! Minimalism Art Classic Dotted Notebook, $9.95; amazon.com
Buy It! Scribbles That Matter Dotted Journal, $19.99; amazon.com
What better way to start the new year then to finally get organized? Plan out your life and keep track of important days with one of these planners that can help you manage both your time and happiness.
Buy It! Simple Elephant Planner, $18.99; amazon.com
Buy It! Panda Planner, $24.97; amazon.com
Buy It! Lemome 2019 Planner, $27.99; amazon.com