11 of the Best Guided Journals to Help You Kickstart 2021

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After the year we just had, it's never been more important to take care of our mental health — and one of the best ways to do that is through journaling. As much as we love opening up a fresh page of a journal, it can be a little overwhelming to write without some direction. That's where guided journals come in.

Guided journals are a great way to start a new journaling habit and — even if you've been journaling for years — can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences through a new perspective. Plus, there are options for practically every topic you can think of from cultivating more gratitude to working through creative blocks with different writing prompts and exercises.

Check out our favorite guided journals below.

1. Do It for Yourself: A Motivational Journal by Kara Cutruzzula, $12.79

Have a new project in mind or simply want to boost confidence, creativity, and success? The Do It For Yourself journal is filled with 75 prompts to keep you motivated along with stunning graphics by Tessa Forrest AKA Subliming.

2. The 5 Second Journal by Mel Robbins, $15.39

Work on your dreams a little at a time with the 5 Second Journal. The journal was designed with research-backed productivity techniques to help you stay present, focused, and motivated by reading your own energy levels, boosting your mood through gratitude, and more.

3. Erin Condren Vision Journal Notebook, $20

Who doesn't love a vision board? This Erin Condren notebook guides you through specific vision spreads and sketchbook pages so you can develop more mindfulness and creativity while motivating you to keep working on your goals.

4. Self-Care Master Plan: A Guided Journal for Feeling Good, $12

Self-care is different for everyone so it's important to personalize your routine as much as possible. The Self-Care Master Plan journal includes 28 pages of list and reflection prompts to help you identify what makes you feel good. The best part is, you can tear out the pages to hang up as daily reminders of what self-care means to you.

5. Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, $10.99

Ever wonder what you were thinking about a few years ago on this day? The Q&A a Day journal has 365 questions that you can fill out over the duration of five years so you can look back and see how your answers varied at different times in your life.

6. A Sex Journal for Couples by Levina Li and Caleb Spaulding, $26

Better your communication skills and explore physical and emotional intimacy with your partner with A Sex Journal. The journal guides you and your partner through tips, quotes, exercises, and writing prompts so you can feel closer than ever.

7. 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion by Adam J. Kurtz, $15

Cultivate a little more creativity in your life each day with 365 prompts to draw, write, and reflect.

8. Moon Lists: A Guided Journal by Leigh Patterson, $14.99

This journal provides 18 months of writing prompts that help you reflect on a weekly basis, corresponding with the phases of the moon. While we personally love putting pen to paper, you can also buy a digital version of the journal for $12.

9. How to Learn Tarot: A Guided Tarot Journal, $9.49

Want to learn more about yourself ​and​ read tarot cards? This journal covers both writing prompts and tarot spreads so you can learn how to interpret cards and reflect on what each one brings up for you.

10. Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal, $6.99

This journal guides you through daily gratitude lists, weekly checkpoints, and quotes to help you be more thankful for the little things in life.

11. True You: A Self-Discovery Journal of Prompts and Exercises to Inspire Reflection and Growth by Dr. Kelly Vincent, $11.69

If you need a little guidance on your journey of self-discovery, look no further. This journal has beautiful illustrations by Jacinta Kay, perspective-changing writing prompts, fun exercises, and motivational quotes to help you explore and define your emotions, values, passions, and more.


Pauline is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. When she's not writing, you can find her at her local yoga studio or scoping out hidden gems at flea markets and thrift stores.

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