8 goal journals to help you feel focused in achieving your dreams

This is the perfect time to take a minute for yourself and think about your goals for the future using one of these helpful life-planning journals.

Do you want the good news or the bad news? Well, the bad news we think you’ve probably heard about already. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of people across the UK (and the world) will be working from home for the foreseeable future. 

Yes, that means potentially lonelier days with no officer banter to keep us going through the 3pm slump (although, if that’s what you’re after check out Stylist’s WFH community). However, the slight silver lining is that without a hectic commute and evening plans you’ll have more time to concentrate on you.

Spending some time alone is brilliant for reflecting on what you want and how to be your best self.  Although there are a few different methods we use to calm our minds and streamline our thoughts, like bullet journals or mindfulness techniques, these life-planning journals are actually designed to help you ask yourself the important questions. 

Each of the journals below are full of inspiring quotes and prompts to help you pin down what your goals are and how to make everything you’re hoping for in 2020 happen.

From Michelle Obama’s Becoming-inspired journal to a 100 day happiness planner, these self-discovery journals are here to make your dreams come true.

  • Wellness Planner at ban.do

    Life planners: Wellness Planner

    Ban.do’s Wellness Planner is full of advice and interactive activities for you to do, created by female experts. The book’s sections cover intention, self-care, headspace, physical wellness and nutrition to help you to feel good in mind, body and soul. 

    Shop Wellness Planner at ban.do, £28

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  • Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

    This interactive journal focuses on nurturing your creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists and great minds from around the world, with open-ended questions and prompts, this book is designed to help you reflect through writing.

    Shop Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel (Penguin Books Ltd)at Waterstones, £10.99 

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  • The Positive Planner

    Life planners: The Positive Planner

    This 12 week planner and journal is dedicated entirely to self-care. Throughout you’ll find artwork and illustrations, inspirational quotes, art therapy and mindfulness activities to help you organise your life. Alongside the diary functions there’s shopping lists, mood trackers and handy pages to help you feel on top of things.

    Shop The Positive Planner by The Positive Planner at Not on the Highstreet, £25

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  • Five Minutes To A Mindful You by Aster

    Life planners: Five Minutes To A Positive You

    This mindful diary uses existential questions and activities to help you understand what makes you happy and how to live in the moment, savouring the here and now. 

    Shop Five Minutes To A Mindful You by Aster (Octopus Books) at Anthropologie, £12.99

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  • Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama

    Inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling book, this journal starts with an empowering introduction from the former first lady, before asking the reader 150 questions and quotes on self-discovery. Through these thought-provoking prompts, Michelle hopes you can identify what brings you hope; and what future you imagine for yourself and your community.

    Shop Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama (Penguin Books Ltd)at Waterstones, £15.99     

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  • Forward Thinking, A Wellbeing And Happiness Journal

    Life planners: Forward Thinking, A Wellbeing And Happiness Journal

    Not only is this journal absolutely gorgeous to look at, it is designed to enhance and improve wellbeing, happiness and fulfilment in six key areas: health, fitness and wellbeing, job satisfaction, community, finances, personal activities and relationships.

    Shop Forward Thinking, A Wellbeing And Happiness Journal by Glad Gifts at Not on the Highstreet, £15     

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  • The 100 Day Happiness Planner

    Life planners: 100 Day Happiness Planner

    This substantial planner combines managing your diary and to do lists with living the most fulfilled life you possibly can. There are three key elements; The Happiness Roadmap which is designed to help you become more self-aware, The Daily Pages which fill your every day with inspiration and The Reflection Pages which are to be filled out at the end of every week. 

    Shop The 100 Day Happiness Planner at The Happiness Planner, £22

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    Kikki K is a one-stop-shop for self discovery prompt journals, but we particularly like the goals version when thinking about what we want to achieve in the year ahead. 


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