Make sure you capture all of your creative impulses and don’t scramble to remember a funny quip, line, or idea with the help of these personal journals. Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or you just like to be organized, a personal journal can really increase your day-to-day productivity. Having a journal nearby will allow you to jot down your thoughts or even your grocery list in a flash. So whether you want to recap your daily activities every night or have tasked yourself with writing the next great American novel, choosing any of these personal journals is a great place to start.

Best Hardcover Journal

Perfect for transcribing or for writing with different colors and pens, the Lemome A5 Wide Ruled Hardcover Writing Notebook measures 8.4″ x 5.7″. It is guaranteed to lay flat at 180°, giving you an easier time reading and writing. The sturdy hard cover protects your writing for years and it has a strap that will close the front cover for added security. It has 180 pages of thicker paper, so pens or markers won’t bleed through and it’s lined, so you can consistently write straight. It has a convenient pen loop on the spine, so you’ll always have a place to store your writing utensils. Plus, there’s a small pocket as well as dividers for additional storage and organization.

Best Leather Journal

Giving the look and feel of historical journals, Moonster’s Leather Journal Writing Notebook is just the travel journal you’ve been looking for. Made from dark brown genuine water buffalo leather, it’s soft to the touch but gives off a rugged appeal. With 240 pages of unlined paper, you can chronicle anything you want. The paper is 1.5″ thick, so it won’t rip easily and writing won’t bleed through. This 8″ x 6″ notebook can be carried with you wherever you go and has a one-year money-back guarantee.

Best Journal for Artists

Minimalism Art Classic Notebook Journal is the notebook for aspiring artists. It has 192 pages of thick paper that, depending on which one you get, has either a dotted grid, squared grid, is lined or is blank. It can be used with colored markers, pens or pencils. It has a thick binding, so the pages won’t be ripped or peeled away. It includes an elastic band for extra security and an inside pocket for more storage. The compactly designed 5″ x 8.3″ notebook can come with either a soft or hard leather cover. With six different color choices, you can pick the one you want.

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