Here's how investing in some seriously organised stationery could change the course of your year ahead.
Advances in technology have given us many modern iterations of the diary. There are calendars built into our phones, trackers on our watches, itineraries in our emails… but still, there’s nothing quite like the joy of cracking open a brand, fresh new diary in the month of January. Rich with possibility and the promise of this year being the one where we finally get organised, physical diary-keeping has been proven to improve mental health by helping you keep in control of your life.
However, a regular dated book may no longer cut it. Along with adult colouring and mindfulness meditation, bullet journaling has slowly crept into our consciousness as an effective tool for self-care practice, allowing you to custom-design your notebook layout to suit whatever planning system bet fits your life.
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The process of tailor-making your diary may seem a lot of pressure, but with over four million users of the #bulletjournal hashtag on Instagram alone, there is no shortage of inspiration to be found, yielding a whole new world of creativity.
Whether you’re looking to keep on top of a packed schedule, commemorate a special trip or track a new diet or sleep pattern, here are some of our favourite brands and products to give you that extra little motivational boost…
Get a funky start on 2020 with The Completist. Available at various independent boutiques across the UK (and online), this London company aim to make the paper experience as sustainable as possible, making everything from FSC certified paper.
Their colour concepts are second to none—plain notebooks, weekly planner, to-do lists and even birthday cards are laid out in the jazziest of patterns, giving you a boost of serotonin every time you go to journal.
Beloved by bloggers and social media stars, Papier’s star is rising fast thanks mainly to their plain dotted-page notebooks, perfect for designing your own bullet journal spread from it’s barest bones. If this is a little intimidating, more traditional diaries are also available in a variety of styles, including collaborations with creatives Bodil Jane and Olivia Purvis.
Best of all, the entire Papier range is available for customisation, making it a lovely gifting option.
A favourite of the Reader's Digest team, Martha Brook is your go-to for motivational quotes that will help you tackle your trickiest of goals. With pretty pastels and customisable foil lettering, they’ll add a touch of class to any work desk.
Team with one of their self-standing desk calendars for complete organisation—you’ll never miss a birthday again.
Got a specific goal in mind for 2020? Australian brand Kikki K has a huge range of stationery tailored to wellness and life project-planning, covering everything from wedding organisation and 10-year plans through to dream journaling and travel records.
Their London stores also come stocked with various office filing supplies, homewares, bags, books and even workshops to help you live your best life.
Note: a Kikki K lifestyle quickly becomes very addictive…
Keep all of your new journaling bits and bobs safely in one place with Papier Tigre’s stylish mesh wallets that perfectly match their range of easy-flow ballpoint pens.
Colourful without being childish, this French brand feels graphic and modern, perfect for creatives or adult learners looking to update their stationery.
Northerners rejoice—Fred Aldous is your new hero independent stationery and art store, rich in all the accessories you need to craft your perfect bullet journal.
Shop stores in Manchester and Leeds or peruse online—they have all the top brands as well as an impressive range of local creatives.
They’re also a great place to stock up on Washi tape- a traditional Japanese decorate sticky paper beloved by journalers and craftspeople worldwide.
HP Sprocket 200
A great journal often needs imagery to spur you on or help you remember, and an instant printer is an easy way to print holiday photos, selfies and notes-to-self straight off your phone.
Simply connect via Bluetooth to your phone, send to print and then apply straight to your diary—the HP Sprocket 200 papers are already sticky-backed for minimal fuss. Layer with washi tapes, captions, ticket stubs and more—individuality is the aim of the game.
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