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10 Guided Journals To Use If You Don’t Want To Write On A Blank Page

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Have you ever picked up a gorgeous leather-bound blank journal, purchased a fancy pink fountain pen to go with it, and feel stuck when trying to actually write down your daily thoughts? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It’s challenging to always find the time, motivation, or desire to consistently keep a journal. Maybe all you need is a little help with the right prompts and guidance. These guided journals will be sure to help you organize your thoughts, keep track of mental health, and beyond.


Rise And Shine Wellness Journal

If you’re looking to create a sound body and mind this semester, Papier’s Rise And Shine Wellness Journal is a great option. Start your day by writing down an intention, plan a time for a bit of self-care, keep track of your meals and water intake, and set short-term and long-term goals in one place.

Papier, $35

Let That Sh*T Go

Looking to part ways with old habits, annoyances, anger, etc.? Let That Sh*t Go is for just these scenarios. When venturing onward and upward in college, grad school, and your early 20s, it is perfect to reflect on the past in all of its mishaps and glory and look ahead with optimism.

Amazon, $9

Burn After Writing

Write down your most blunt, honest thoughts in Sharon Jones’ Burn After Writing. With several prompts to generate your most raw ideas, you’ll be able to get in tune with your unfiltered thoughts. Then, as the book title states, burn it once you’re done. No one has to know a single thought that graced the page.

Amazon, $7

Law of Attraction Manifestation Journal

Best-selling author Latha Jay wants readers and writers to take the reigns in their lives and apply the Law Of Attraction: Whatever you think, you will attract. Whether you’re looking to enhance your love life, academic outlook, financial status, etc., Jay is hoping her Manifestation Journal is your go-to resource. This guided journal will help you craft intentions and affirmations for a clear path to manifesting.

Amazon, $10

The Happiness Project

If you hate writing but like the idea of journaling, this journal has your name written all over it. Corresponding with Gretchen Rubin’s novel of the same name, this journal asks you to write one sentence a day with enough page entries to cover five years of time. Your sentence can be something you’re happy about in the day, an activity you accomplished, or whatever is on your mind.

Amazon, $15

The Self-Love Work Book

Recommended by therapists near and far, the Self-Love Workbook guides writers through unique reflection prompts, interactive diagrams, short anecdotes, and beyond to help build self-esteem, confidence, and sense of self. College can be an anxiety-inducing time, so it’s always nice to have a little guide for enhancing coping skills and growing self-love.

Amazon, $16

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice

In coordination with her New York Times Best-Selling memoir Becoming, Michelle Obama launched Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice. “I hope you’ll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment,” Mrs. Obama writes in the forward. “We don’t have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value.” With timeless prompts, you’ll be able to pick up and write whenever you have a moment.

Amazon, $10

Five Minutes In The Morning

Morning people can add this little book into their a.m. routine. All that’s needed is a few minutes to open your mind and your journal and get writing. Each little prompt encourages you to start your day considering the positives and silver linings. It can make all the difference in your day and roll into a healthier outlook on life.

Amazon, $15

The Nocturnal Journal

If you’re not an early riser, fear not, there’s an option for night owls too. The Nocturnal Journal is filled with eye-catching illustrations and encourages you to sketch out thoughts, too. Prompts don’t require heavily written responses unless you want to flesh out a big idea. This is especially perfect if you experience anxiety in the evening and need to get some of your thoughts on a page to sleep more soundly.

Amazon, $13

Grievance Journal

The Grievance Journal combats the many journals on the market that are decked out in toxic positivity and flowery language. This is supposed to be the place to write down all your darkest, meanest thoughts. Frankly, we all need a good venting session, even if it’s just on paper. For example, one of the prompts inside is, “What curses would you bestow upon your nemeses?” The world is not a fair place, and it is more than okay to write down your beliefs about it. Plus, this is also a burn book!

Boredwalk, $28

Happy writing. Get your pens ready because these journals are definitely ones you’ll want to finish.

Maria Serra is the SEO editor at Her Campus Media, providing updates to evergreen content across all brands including Her Campus, College Fashionista, and Spoon University. She also writes new fashion content for College Fashionista, foodie finds and shopping tips for Spoon U readers, and sex and wellness stories for the HC girlies. As a certified emo girl, it’s no surprise that her previous work includes a wide array of music stories. In the recent past, she served as the assistant editor of Alternative Press magazine where she interviewed her favorite groups including The Aces and The Maine. She also worked with music PR firms including 2bEntertainment, and served on campaigns for rockers such as My Chemical Romance and Mod Sun. Currently, she works as a freelance writer with idobi Radio where she shares music and alternative news with fellow pop-punk lovers. She is planning to expand her work into the freelance world with everything from modern rock tunes all the way to more sex and wellness works. After all, she does have a minor in human sexuality and is quite proud to have that necessary and cool academic background. In her free time, she is a stand-up comedian, sketch performer, and improviser in the Cleveland area working primarily with Imposters Theater. Additionally, she is a dog mother to a perfectly round chihuahua-pug named Bobbie who has four teeth but is still a delightful companion nonetheless. She is debating on whether or not Bobbie needs her own TikTok account… we’ll see. mariaserra@hercampus.com