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Cute journal ideas for productivity and self-discovery

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

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Are you looking for cute journals? We've got you covered! When you start journaling, you'll also get to enjoy the benefits of journaling - improved clarity of mind, more new ideas, and increased productivity.

Here are some cute journal ideas for productivity and self-discovery.

Erin Condren journals

Erin Condren has some of the most beautiful journal designs out there, and they are all available at https://www.erincondren.com/. Let's take a look at some of these:

Wow! Imagine opening one of those to jot down your ideas - it'd be awesome!

If you're after something a little more lighthearted and adorable, try the NEW Hello Kitty & Friends Collection at Erin Condren shown in the image below.

Many of the Erin Condren products can be personalized with your name on them. Note that some items are traditional journals (called "notebooks" on the Erin Condren site) while other items are planners with dates pre-printed on them. If you're looking to do journaling, you'll most likely want to get a notebook, not a planner.

Best of all, many of the notebooks come in your choice of paper pattern:

  • 5mm dot grid for a bullet journal (yay!!)
  • quad ruled graph paper
  • college lined
  • college lined + productivity checklist
  • blank layout for a sketchbook

For aesthetic notebooks, you can't really beat Erin Condren. But as amazing as these notebooks and planners are, Erin Condren is not the only place to get cute journals! Let's take a look at some other places.


Whether you're journaling for self-discovery or for productivity, Best Self. Co has what you need. While the covers are not visually stunning like those we saw above from Erin Condren, BestSelf has some amazingly innovative ideas which you'll love. The insides of the journals are gorgeous and beautifully designed.

For example, their Project Action Pad may not look eye-catching from the outside - but the inside is all about making your projects look exciting and appealing to you. This way, you'll really want to work on them. You can see this in the image below:

If you do a lot of project-based work or if you're journaling for productivity, this may be a great option for you. You can make it as cute as you want with highlighters, colored pencils, and so on.

On the other hand, if you're more of a visual / spatial learner and you're journaling for self-discovery or creativity, then the Doodle Deck & Pad is made for you! It's a set of 50 art therapy prompts and a sketch pad. The prompts are especially designed to stimulate fresh ideas and encourage your brain to innovate. You can see it in action below:


The advantage of Amazon is the huge selection of cute journal notebooks. Many of these products also tend to be a bit cheaper than the specialty stores I mentioned above.

If you're journaling for productivity, then you'll want a to-do notebook at Amazon.com. I like this one best because it has different sections on each page for different things:

On the other hand, if you're journaling for self-discovery, you'll prefer journaling for your feelings at Amazon. I like this one below because it has pre-written easy prompts for you to fill in about how you're feeling. If you think you have no time to journal, this is the one to get!

If you're a creative or visually oriented type, then you'll definitely want the color version of Wreck This Journal from Amazon.com. It's a neat concept - as its name suggests, you get to wreck the journal according to the various prompts - which you can do in any order you please. In doing so, you generate a uniquely visual and creative picture of your life that you can't get anywhere else. For example, one of the prompts on a page is "press leaves and other found things".

Bonus resources

Want something unique, handmade or personalized as seen in the picture at the top? Check out journals at Etsy.com! They have many cute notebooks and journals.

Bookstores also often stock journals, so this can be another place to find cute designs. Take a look at the journals at BooksAMillion.


The collection of options here give plenty of scope for journaling for productivity and self-discovery. There are a lot of cute journals available for achieving your goals, and any of the engaging designs above would be helpful.

If you're still not sure what you plan to write in your journal, you may like to see our article on what to journal about. It even covers how to do this if you don't want to journal but have to (for example as homework for a course).

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