The best Irish-made journals that will help you get your life in order
Whether it’s to set your intentions or put plans down on paper, a good journal will help make these moments a little more mindful.
To say that the world is a frightfully fast-paced place to live would be quite the colossal understatement. Whether it’s the steady stream of bad news filling our newsfeeds, or your mind swims with too many thoughts, you would be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed at times.
Stress is not an easy feeling to appease, but putting pen to paper can really help to calm the nerves, applying something of a balm to any and all tension.
From stream of consciousness word vomiting out onto the page, to thoughtfully plotting out the steps of your next great adventure, finding a journal to suit your needs is guaranteed to help you compartmentalise your thoughts, goals, and potential next steps.
Naturally, there’s quite the impressive selection of homegrown businesses specialising in journals, diaries and notebooks to suit all requirements. From wedding planners to financial budgets, here are some IMAGE top picks…
This is You’s Home Organiser journal
A business that began specialising in memory journals that has since grown into a luxury brand offering a range of keepsake products, This is You has come on in leaps and bounds since their inception in March 2021. The Home Organiser journal is perfect for keeping your mind on track when running a household, with plenty of reminders of maintenance requirements and financial planning. Made to help you keep track of major home expenses and renovations, or record your dreams and manifest them into reality, this journal makes for the perfect gift or self-motivational tool. Covers are customisable and come presented in a beautiful keepsake box.
The Head Plan’s 12-month financial journal
The perfect curated tool to help you finesse your money mindset and keep track of your spending habits, The Head Plan’s brand new 12-month financial journal aims to lead you to greater financial health and overall wellbeing. Whether you’re saving for a mortgage or a summer holiday, this journal is sure to help.
With an in-depth review section, it helps you identify where you’re spending, while learning how to gain control over your money habits. Key features include monthly income and outgoing payment tracking, budgeting for one-off occasions, progress trackers, and reviews to help you future-proof your finances.
badly made books
Specialising in high-quality, low-impact notebooks made entirely in county Cork, badly made books celebrate curiosity and determination. Made using recycled materials and risograph printing, these gorgeous little creations incorporate sustainability into every step of the process.
Whether you opt for a cheeky little minimalist headline, an Irish landscape or a quirky illustration of the cover, each notebook comes with pages that are either lined, dotted, left blank, or printed with a weekly planner. Bullet journal or personal diary, badly made books will cater to any and all needs.
Nonna Diary’s wedding planner
Beautifully finished with delicate gold foiled details, you can nestle all your plans and visions for your big day between the pages of this luxury hardback wedding planner. Nonna Diary also stocks an exquisite range of journals and notebooks, as well as health and fitness planners, pregnancy journals, and 2022 agendas.
Containing over 150 pages of detailed worksheets and inspiration mood boards to accompany you or your friend through your exciting wedding planning journey, they’re a perfect companion before, during and after your special day, and will provide a precious keepsake for years to come.
The Kind Co’s productivity daily deskpad
Versatile, functional, and easy-to-use, this productivity planner is an essential for any desk. This undated, all-in-one notepad tracks your schedule, tasks, habits, mood, and water intake daily, with space of mindful notes and inner thoughts. Fitted with double printed tear out pages for the maximum flexibility, The Kind Co are ensuring you stay focused and reach your goals.
Made with 100% recycled cardboard and paper, this A4 planner will make your life ten times easier if you’re working from home. The Kind Co also stock a range of other journals and notebooks, including their five minute journal, and the hugely popular positive planner.