Journaling is more than just putting words on paper. It is more than a jumble of notes. It’s a record of your life. It’s progress of your dreams. It’s a journey of self-awareness and growth. It is a medium through which you understand otherwise incomprehensible patterns and emotions.
So a cheap notebook, with crappy pages isn’t going to cut it.
Does that mean you should spend a fortune on buying that perfect leather bound notebook? Well, only if you are loaded. But for the rest of us regular people, with regular income and expenses and pennies to watch, there are other affordable, quality solutions. You can get quality notebooks and journals for reasonable prices, and while I’m all-in support for physical bookshops and stationery shops, if you are watching the spend, you are likely to find them cheaper on Amazon.
3 Reasons Why You Should Use Quality Journals
Quality enforces the feeling of importance and specialness.
Using super cheap notebooks might make you feel that your life isn’t worth recording. On the other hand, extremely beautiful journals intimidates some people, as if they don’t want to ruin it with their ordinary thoughts.
It’s all subjective, but I recommend going for something that’s good quality and functional. It depends on what works for you. Leather bindings, classic moleskines, pretty designs it’s all fine. Quality is what’s important. Treat your journal as a valuable object, which is going to be a storage medium for your most private thoughts. Pick something that you would enjoy writing in, even look forward to it.
Acid free pages preserve better
You are going to keep your journals, possibly re-read them, and even make notes in them at a later date. If you are keeping your journals to leave behind, even after you die, as a legacy for your children, then it’s entirely possible that someone might be reading them decades after your death. Writing fades less quickly on acid free pages, and the pages don’t yellow as quickly as cheap paper either.
Good binding keeps it together
You may move house with these journals, maybe even move countries. At the very least, they are going to be knocking around the house. If you do re-read your journals, then you will be handling them quite a lot over the years. Good binding is like a human spine. Without it, the whole structure falls apart. Good quality journals, especially the ones that can lay flat, are the easiest to use and also survive better.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
If you have already used journals, take a look at what you have. Are there any that you particularly liked? Consider if you like using the same kind of journal every time, or whether you prefer variety. If you’ve only ever used cheap journals, get a new quality one, and trial it out.