Strengthen your wrist and your mind, while giving your keyboard a break, with these 10 Dwell-approved journals and notebooks.

Perfect to jot down camping memories, the handmade, refillable Writer's Log is based on Rustico's original classic leather journal.

Writing in my diary used to be a daily activity; at the end of every day, I would try to spend 15 minutes going over the day, commemorating important events or simply scrawling “nothing unusual. Maybe tomorrow?” Over time the writing faded, notebooks disappearing into bookshelves I no longer perused. I hadn’t though much about it until I was scrolled past a black, lined journal on a webstore. Nothing too flashy, but it got me thinking about the last time I had had a conversation with myself. 

Sure, I haven’t seen my coworkers, friends, or family in person for months, and I miss the casual chatter, the gossip, the laughter. But I’m talking about the talks you have with your past, present, and future self that can only be had within the confines of a notebook, personal blog, or the occasional Word doc. A peek into the pysche of yourself years ago that make you think, “huh! who would have thought things would turn out the way they did?” It can put things in perspective, or even just allow you to get to know yourself a little better. The world is a scary place to be right now; you should take care of what’s happening on the inside just as much as you should about what’s going on around you.

So I clicked “add to cart” and thus began my journey—and I think you should, too! Here are a few options I think would be primed for revealing some deep, dark secrets, writing grocery lists, or just getting some good ol’ doodling energy out.

Appointed Notebook & Brass Page Markers Set

Sometimes you just need to write it out. Appointed’s signature notebook is the perfect coworker—a stylish utility player that makes taking notes, tackling to-do-lists, brainstorming, or just during-meeting-doodles a delight. Plus it comes paper-thin brass page markers save you from furiously, futilely flipping through your notebook, so you can turn over a new organized page in your life.

Topdrawer Bristol Journal (Medium)

In an age when so many of our words are captured and transmitted digitally, it’s important now, more than ever, to keep a practice of putting pen to paper. With the natural finish of Italian book cloth and Smyth sewn bookbinding methods, the Bristol Small contains 144 pages of acid-free paper and an expandable inner pocket for extra storage, making it the perfect companion for writing at home, at work, or on the go. Available in 5 colors and 4 paper types: grid, bullet, ruled, blank. You can also promote your business or create corporate gifts with customized Topdrawer Bristol journals featuring your name or logo in blind or foil deboss. Contact our team in Boston at b2b@topdrawershop.com for details.

Shinola Large Hard Linen Journal

Hard linen journals are American-made and feature a smyth-sewn binding, which provides a high level of durability and enables the pages to lie perfectly flat. Manufactured in the United States from all US-sourced components, our journals feature acid-free paper from sustainably managed American forests and pair well with our leather journal cover.

Matt & Nat Magistral – Vintage

Note pad sleeve with removable paper pad and pencil. Two loops on the side to lock with pencil. Interior: paper pad, pencil. 100% recycled nylon lining. Dimensions: 9″ x 11.5″ x 0.5″

ROYCE Contemporary Pebble Grained Journal

Engage in the craft of journaling with the Contemporary Pebble Grained Journal. Sometimes, it’s the journal on which you write that will boost your motivation to put pen to paper. With its silver gilt-edged lined ivory paper, each flick of the pen will feel like it rightfully belongs.

Montblanc Lined Notebook

Chrome-tanned Italian Saffiano calfskin enriches a handsome notebook featuring lined, watermarked pages and a built-in ribbon bookmark.

Rustico 5 Year Journal

Rustico’s latest leather-bound journal that helps you meet your goals and provide a wonderful trip down memory lane. “Where do you see yourself in five years”? This question doesn’t haunt us so much thanks to the 5 Year Journal because one thing’s for sure: we’ll still be filling the pages of this notebook five years from now. Designed to keep you organized and on track to reach your goals, this journal gives you power of accountability and inspiration in a handsome, leather-bound construction. This journal will be along for all the highs and the lows over the span of five years, and provide you with a reminder of how far you’ve come since the year before.

Bellroy Notebook Cover & Pen

Keep your big ideas in a delightfully small package – this notetaking combo fits easily in your bag or pocket.

Rifle Paper Co. Fabric Journal

Let our Fable Fabric Journal inspire your storytelling with each turn of the page. It features a hard cover wrapped in printed book cloth, lay-flat binding, a coordinating bookmark, and gold foil accents.

Rustico Writer’s Log Leather Refillable Notebook

“The greatest loss is the paper archive – no more a great stack of manuscripts, letters, and notebooks from a writer’s life, but only a tiny pile of disks, little plastic cookies where once were calligraphic marvels.” – Paul Theroux It’s easy to romanticize about the written word as travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux does above, but on the other hand there’s a sturdy practicality that comes along with having a notebook on hand to write down your thoughts — whether that means the first line of a new short story that just came to mind or you just need to jot down a grocery list. One of our favorite aspects is that it’s an excuse to not take out our phone, something we could all use these days, and a great place to capture thoughts and ideas before they escape your brain into the ether. That being said, we asked ourselves why not have a handsome one, something a person put their craft and hard work into, rather than a mass-produced version with no soul to it, and this handcrafted, made in USA leather notebook from Rustico surpassed all of our expectations.

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