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10 notebooks to help you organise your life

If you read my other post, you will know that planning is important to keep your life organized.

I wrote this post originally in 2016 but I recently updated it to 2017. I removed some notebooks that seem to have disappeared, added new ones and updated some links.

Make sure you pick the journal that suits you best. There is no single perfect journal for everyone. Find one that fits your character. If you are a very creative person, have a look at number 3 and number 10 in the list.

Here are 10 notebooks that can help you to stay on track.

1. Freedom planner

Freedom Planner

The Freedom Planner is a powerful notebook that includes a monthly and weekly planner and daily schedule. All schedules are undated so you can start using it at any day of the year.

Every week also has it’s own Contact List Page where you can keep track of people you met, new leads, etc.

The Freedom Planner also comes with a goal journal.

The focus of this notebook is more on sales people but it can used by anyone.

Freedom Planner


2. The SELF Journal

SELF Journal

The SELF Journal focuses on defining 3 month goals and creating a roadmap to get there. It has a journal time line that is broken down into 30-minute segments for daily planning. The pages are also undated.

Each week there is a place to do reflection and tracking.

SELF Journal

3. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal that focuses on creativity. This journal really stands out from others in this list.

The journal features colorful hand-written text and images, the trademark of creator Meera Lee Patel.

The book is filled with inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting.

4. Rite in the Rain

Rite in the rain

This little notebook doesn’t have the features that other books have in this list. It is a simple notebook with one special feature: it is waterproof!

Sometimes, we just need to be able to write down what’s on our mind, but when you are outside in the rain, it’s not convenient to take out our smartphone or notebook.

Rite in the Rain is the perfect solutions for these situations.

5. Spark Notebook

Spark Notebook

From all the notebooks I researched for this list, Spark Notebook one gets the greatest praise.

Its a full stack, goal oriented notebook. It comes with yearly planning pages, achievement tracker, monthly goals, 30-day challenge, weekly planning and inspiration pages.

Spark Notebook

I tried this notebook for a while and it is very convenient, the only downside is that it only lasts you half a year.

6. The Five Minute Journal

I use 5 minute journal for my daily journaling.

What is great about the 5 minute journal is that is not just a journal. It is structured in a way to help you focus on positive experiences.

The 5 minute journal offers inspiration, a moment of reflection, focus on your most important tasks and affirmations. And all on just a single page!

This journal helped my to be more positive in life. Even before my morning coffee!

5 minute journal

OK, I admit I just copied above text from my other post.

If you are new to journaling, start with this one. Because it only takes 5 minutes per day, it’s a great way to nurture a new journaling habit.

7. Panda Planner

Panda Planner

Panda Planner is another productivity planner. Like the five minute journal, it has a daily gratitude section, top priorities for your day and an end of day review section. But on top of that, it also has an hourly schedule and task list.  And it comes with a weekly review section where you can review your past 7 days and plan the coming week.

Panda Planner

8. Your Best Year 2017

Your Best Year 2017

Your Best Year 2017 is a productivity notebook by Lisa Jacobs that is oriented towards Entrepreneurs. It’s based on a goal setting system and progress tracker for your business. If you liked my post about my system to achieve your goals, you will also love this planner.

9. Get Your Shit Together Notepad

Get Your Shit Together

For those who don’t care about systems and long term goals, this one is for you.

The ‘Get Your Shit Together’ notepad helps you get your shit organized. Use this if you want to get shit done.

10. Design the Life You Love

This is a combination of a guide and a journal. It was created by a product designer to help your design your own life in a playful way.

It is the perfect journal for creative people that need a bit of guidance in shaping their life.

Some extra tools for your journaling

Since I started using journals and notebooks, I’ve noticed the benefits of writing things down on a piece of paper. It helps me orden my thoughts, even if I never look at these writings again.

I also discovered that investing in some good pens improved my writing pleasure. You don’t need super expensive pens, but you will notice the difference to a good pen and something you got for free.

Another thing that I started using more and more are post-its and stickers. Not everything has to be digital in your life. Sometimes it can bring you some relieve to work with pencil and paper.

Here are some tools you can use to help you in your journaling adventures:

MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set

10 different colors allow you to be super creative in your journaling efforts.

Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes

I love these sticky notes because they serve 2 purposes. You can use them as a divider and there is a lot of space to write on. Not only great for journaling but also for taking notes while reading books.

Post-it Notes

Who doesn’t love post-it notes? I like the extra sticky ones and I want many colors!



  1. Collin Winchester

    December 11, 2016 at 18:42

    What about the Freedom Journal (Different than freedom planner) by John Lee Dumas?

  2. Great post – thank you for putting up your review!

    I’ve used both the Spark Planner (now called Ink+Volt) and the Passion Planner (not on this list.) I like them both — the cover is superior for the Passion Planner, but I liked the prompts in both the Spark Planner and the revamped (one year in one book!) Ink + Volt planners a bit more.

    Definitely going to check out some of the other planners on this page, though.

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