There’s something about a new year – even one like the one we’re facing – that can make even the most unmotivated of us contemplate our goals, resolutions and plans for the upcoming 12 months. While we’re not quite jumping on the ‘new year, new me’ bandwagon (who are we kidding, we haven’t made it past the first week of Dry January), the start of January does feel like a clean slate.
And with the fresh start a new year brings, nothing can be more motivating – whether it’s to get organised or set some goals – than a brand spanking new daily planner. Much like a fresh new workbook and set of pencils when we were at school, new stationery immediately sparks an incentive to try our best, and writing down your goals/resolutions/thoughts/plans is a sure way to keep that energy flowing.
And it doesn’t have to be all about healthy eating, sorting out your finances or starting a new fitness programme. Our curated edit of the best daily planners and journals for 2021 includes a plethora of stylish and interesting buys with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.
The 365 Days of Gratitude Planner is a simple but surprisingly effective journal for improving your overall mental health. With the start of the third national lockdown it can feel like there’s *not much* to be positive about right now, but writing down the things that made you smile on a daily basis (in a stylish, millennial pink journal obvs) will immediately focus your mind away from the negativity in the world.
In a similar vein, this bright yellow HappySelf Journal from Liberty includes a daily inspirational quote as well as space to write your three positive things from the day, and the Positive Wellness Journal even includes breathing and art therapy exercises to nourish your mind and soul. We’re feeling calmer already.
And although New Year’s resolutions tend to get a bad rap these days, if you are looking to make changes in your life, writing your intentions down is the first step to achieving them. The Big Dreams, Daily Joys journal has dedicated space to set your goals and celebrate your wins and this stylish journal from Anthropologie, based around mindset, will have you writing down concrete steps and strategies to smash your goals. Yes, during a pandemic.
If the change you’d like to make this year is as simple as being more organised, a yearly planner like this personalised one or this gold foil planner is a great way to get on top of whatever the year ahead has in store.